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I've been doing a technology research for a few months, and I've learned a lot from it. The reason for this is that I'm out of PC gaming since 2013 and there's so much that happened since then.

One of the last things that I still don't know much about is Freesync. I've read about it a bit: It didn't started very good, but then AMD fixed it, and then improved it a lot with Crimson. There's also some tweaking hack that users found it to increase the Freesync range. Don't know if this is still relevant today. What about overclocking Freesync monitors?

I believe Freesync is even more improved now with the newest Crimson drivers, but there's much that I don't know yet. If you have a AMD card paired with a Freesync monitor, please tell me your overall experience with it. I need a solid reason (besides price) to choose it instead of Gsync. Money is not an issue here.

I also got a few specific questions, I'd be very grateful if you can answer them:

I had a look about Freesync monitors, and for gaming, looks like the best option available now is the Acer Predator XR341CK (X34 Freesync variant). The "problem" is that this monitor has "only" a 75hz refresh rate. Comparing to it's Gsync variant which can handle 100hz, that's a bit frustating. I do know that this 100hz is only possible due to the Gsync module. However, it seems the XR341CK can be manually overclocked. Linus Tech Tips said he managed to overclock his unit to 85hz using Nvidia's display overclocking tool, but I can't see any more information regarding this particular monitor's overclocking.

From a list of available Freesync monitors I didn't find any 21:9 3440x1440 monitor with same or higher refresh rate than this one. LG ones are all 60hz. Please correct me if this is wrong.

Also I heard about monitors which can't use Freesync in it's max refresh rate (e.g. a 144hz monitor that can only use Freesync at, let's say, 120hz). That's a huge deal breaker for me. Don't know if this still applies today.

I guess this is it for now, I really appreciate your help thumb.gif
Edited by Wagnelles - 2/21/16 at 6:11pm
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I honestly wish NV would adopt Freesync but as you can probably tell from various Freesync monitors they are capped on the Hz, don't think I've seen any Freesync monitors that are above 100hz+ only G-Sync which adds an additional 250$ premium onto monitors which is ridiculous. Personally I haven't used free sync, but it should function exactly the same as G-Sync. Bump.
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Please dont make up random numbers, gsync does not add 250, not even close.
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Originally Posted by outofmyheadyo View Post

Please dont make up random numbers, gsync does not add 250, not even close.

The Acer Predator X34 actually costs US$534,80 more than it's Freesync variant, the Acer XR341CK. And it's the exact same panel.

So yeah you're right, it's not even close.
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Making statements on the price of the most expensive and pointless products is irrelevant who buys them ?
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Originally Posted by outofmyheadyo View Post

Making statements on the price of the most expensive and pointless products is irrelevant who buys them ?
Who buys them? Try and find a G-Sync model. rolleyes.gif

Right now it's $250+ for G-Sync. I've been searching.

SS
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Originally Posted by Wagnelles View Post

I've been doing a technology research for a few months, and I've learned a lot from it. The reason for this is that I'm out of PC gaming since 2013 and there's so much that happened since then.

One of the last things that I still don't know much about is Freesync. I've read about it a bit: It didn't started very good, but then AMD fixed it, and then improved it a lot with Crimson. There's also some tweaking hack that users found it to increase the Freesync range. Don't know if this is still relevant today. What about overclocking Freesync monitors?

I believe Freesync is even more improved now with the newest Crimson drivers, but there's much that I don't know yet. If you have a AMD card paired with a Freesync monitor, please tell me your overall experience with it. I need a solid reason (besides price) to choose it instead of Gsync. Money is not an issue here.

I also got a few specific questions, I'd be very grateful if you can answer them:

I had a look about Freesync monitors, and for gaming, looks like the best option available now is the Acer Predator XR341CK (X34 Freesync variant). The "problem" is that this monitor has "only" a 75hz refresh rate. Comparing to it's Gsync variant which can handle 100hz, that's a bit frustating. I do know that this 100hz is only possible due to the Gsync module. However, it seems the XR341CK can be manually overclocked. Linus Tech Tips said he managed to overclock his unit to 85hz using Nvidia's display overclocking tool, but I can't see any more information regarding this particular monitor's overclocking.

From a list of available Freesync monitors I didn't find any 21:9 3440x1440 monitor with same or higher refresh rate than this one. LG ones are all 60hz. Please correct me if this is wrong.

Also I heard about monitors which can't use Freesync in it's max refresh rate (e.g. a 144hz monitor that can only use Freesync at, let's say, 120hz). That's a huge deal breaker for me. Don't know if this still applies today.

I guess this is it for now, I really appreciate your help thumb.gif

I bought the acer xg270hu 144hz freesync 2560x1440.
couldnt be happier about it.
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