The VESA Displayport 1.2a+ specification known as Adaptive Sync, or AMD FreeSync, is a standards-based approach to variable refresh rate (VRR) technology, which you’ve probably heard of before thanks to NVIDIA’s G-Sync tech on high-end gaming monitors. Both of these technologies do more or less the same thing, which is alter the timings of the panel to match up with the refresh rate pushed out from the current full-screen game or application. AOC, a Taiwan-based budget display manufacturer, has sold FreeSync-capable monitors before, but this is the first time that they’ve ever been considered affordable or cheap. Hit the jump for more.
The monitors are from AOC’s new gaming-focused Anti BlueLight lineup, which uses a few tricks with gamma ratios and colours to reduce the amount of blue light that the monitors give off, reducing eye strain. These monitors are the G2260VWQ6 (a 21-inch 1080p 1ms TN display) and the G2460VQ6 (a 24-inch 1080p 1ms TN display), and both offer VGA, HDMI 1.4a and Displayport 1.2a connectors, a 100mm VESA-compatible monitor mount and front-firing 2W speakers on the 21-inch model.
The headlining feature for these displays, though, is FreeSync, with a VRR window that stretches between 48Hz and 76Hz, a 28Hz spread. This means that for the FreeSync technology to work on this monitor with select graphics cards, you need to stay in a framerate that bounces between 48fps and 76fps. Tuning your settings so that your games always run within this window shouldn’t be a problem, although this will require dropping some details to meet the higher minimum framerate. Above and below the VRR coverage range, users will have the option to turn V-Sync off or on depending on their preferences.
These are not the best gaming monitors in the world, for sure, and there are definitely other monitors that are better specced than these options from AOC. But they are getting cheaper and pushing FreeSync into the regular consumer’s price range, which was AMD’s plan in the first place. AOC joins the ranks of Nixeus, BenQ, Acer and ASUS who all have their own FreeSync-capable displays at much higher price points. Keep in mind that you’ll need to be using a graphics card from AMD that is capable of using the FreeSync specification. These are the only AMD products that are FreeSync compatible for now:
- Radeon R9 295X2
- Radeon R9 Fury X, R9 Fury, R9 Nano
- Radeon R9 390X, R9 390, R9 290X, R9 290, R9 380, R9 295
- Radeon R7 260X, R7 260, R7 360
- AMD A10-7870K, A10-7850K, A10-7800, A10-7700K, A8-7670K, A8-7650K, A8-7600, A6-7400K
AOC says that the G2260VWQ6 and the G2460VQ6 will go on sale in the UK, Europe and surrounds starting mid-October at £99 (approx. R2000 today) for the G2260VWQ6 and £129 (approx. R2600 today) for the G2460VQ6. Both monitors will come with three year warranties as standard.