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144Hz Freesync vs 60Hz Freesync

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If a monitor supports Freesync/G-Sync, wouldn't that pretty much eliminate the need for a high refresh rate, since the frames are being synced anyway eliminating tearing?

I currently have a 2k IPS 144Hz Freesync monitor (Acer XF270HU) and am considering getting a 4k IPS 6-Hz Freesync (LG 27BK85U-W) monitor.

Just trying to understand how Freesync factors into refresh rate and potential tearing, or doesn't for that matter. The way I understand it, a higher refresh rate should be superfluous on a monitor that support either type of frame syncing.

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Let's assume you have a game that can easily run at, let's say 120 FPS on average. With FreeSync at 60 Hz, you'd be limited to 60 FPS at 60 Hz. That's not bad, but it's not great. With a 144 Hz capable FreeSync monitor, your framerate would be unlimited, and your refresh rate would be much higher as well due to the synchronizing of the refresh rate to frame rate. This would result in smoother motion due to the higher refresh rate (I'm not confusing refresh rate with frame rate).

120 Hz is noticeably quite smoother than 60 Hz.

So now let's say you have a game that always gets 150+ FPS. On that 60 Hz FreeSync monitor, you're limited to 60 FPS at 60 Hz. On the 144 Hz FreeSync monitor, you're going to get 144 FPS at 144 Hz. That's fantastic.

Or let's say you have a game that can barely go above 50 FPS on average. Obviously with this kind of a game, a 60 Hz FreeSync monitor would be plenty and a 144 Hz FreeSync monitor would be no different for this game than a 60 Hz FreeSync monitor.

So, it depends on whether you can even get framerates high enough that would let you experience the benefits of having a higher refresh rate with FreeSync. The higher the refresh rate is, the smoother all motion is, even at the desktop.


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From my understanding on PC we still haven't reach 1440p 144FPS/Hz with highest IQ settings, etc as of yet.
Even at 1080p and 144fps/Hz some of the IQ settings need to be dialed back. There are exceptions like CS:GO, etc.

IMHO, what you really want is a monitor that can process input lag within 1 frame. Be it 60hz, 120hz or 144hz that offers LFC.

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Thanks for the replies everyone!

I ended up going with the Aorus AD27QD. Leaving behind my trusty Acer XF270HU.

I briefly tried a 4K HDR 60Hz monitor and found I can't go back to 60Hz after having used a 144Hz for the last 5 or 6 years.

In terms of going from the Acer to the Gigabyte, it's a bit of a gamble at an additional cost ($180) to have HDR. Other than that the specs for the two monitors are identical. After having played Shadow of the Tomb Raider in HDR, I found it's worth the added cost. The Gigabyte does feature LFC as an added bonus (among some other bells and whistle style features that might come in handy).

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Oooooo the Aorus Monitor is looking to be the caddy of gaming monitors at the moment.
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Quote: Originally Posted by 8bitG33k View Post
Thanks for the replies everyone!

I ended up going with the Aorus AD27QD. Leaving behind my trusty Acer XF270HU.

I briefly tried a 4K HDR 60Hz monitor and found I can't go back to 60Hz after having used a 144Hz for the last 5 or 6 years.

In terms of going from the Acer to the Gigabyte, it's a bit of a gamble at an additional cost ($180) to have HDR. Other than that the specs for the two monitors are identical. After having played Shadow of the Tomb Raider in HDR, I found it's worth the added cost. The Gigabyte does feature LFC as an added bonus (among some other bells and whistle style features that might come in handy).
Are you able to change resolution and refresh rate within the osd of the monitor?
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Quote: Originally Posted by EastCoast View Post
Are you able to change resolution and refresh rate within the osd of the monitor?
I ordered the monitor two days ago, and it will be delivered today. I was planning on giving a short feedback here anyways after getting to know the monitor a bit better, so feel free to add any additional questions you might have until then

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From what I've studied about that monitor so far is to download directly from Gigabyte:
https://www.aorus.com/AD27QD

-OSD SideKick OSD that allows you to use your mouse. Make sure you hookup the usb from monitor to your computer 1st.
-RGB Fusion
-Manual which is in AORUS_OSDSideKick_UM.pdf

There is a firmware update for it (F04).
1. Picture mode UX improvement.
2. Add Save settings function.
3. Text correction
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Oh I will definitely be updating the firmware, based on what I've read so far. I think the way it works is that you need have the Sidekick app installed on your PC, in order to use a mouse in the OSD.

Not sure if I'll install RGB Fusion though. From what I've been reading the LED's aren't bright enough to function as bias lighting and I'm not that interested in having something use up system resources for something no one will ever see due to it being on the back of the monitor. I've already ordered a proper white-only bias light to help with contrast.

And yeah, I already downloaded everything so I'll be ready to go once I hook it up!

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PS: Regarding OSD sidekick, I don't believe you can use the mouse in the OSD panel, just that you can adjust the monitor settings directly from the app installed on the PC, eliminating the need to open the OSD altogether

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