Question Why is Tom's so wrong about FreeSync/Nvidia?


What's the deal here lately? Ever since removing article comments, Toms has posted nearly a half-dozen articles about "only the 17 FreeSync monitors on Nvidia's GSync-compatible list will work properly." That's absolutely false. And they cleverly don't list these articles as "reviews" or "news" so they don't go to the comments section of the forums.

You can enable and use FreeSync with an Nvidia GPU if:
  1. A 10xx or 20xx Nvidia GPU
  2. A FreeSync monitor with a DP input
  3. Have GeForce driver version 417.71 or better
Here are step-by-step instructions on how to enable FreeSync even for FreeSync monitors not on the GSync Compatible list.

Nvidia has been painfully slow at qualifying FreeSync monitors for their "GSync compatible" list. (which in and of itself is a misleading title) They've only made it through the A's and B's. If you're curious here's Nvidia's GSync Compatible press release from CES. They're looking for a VRR of 2.4:1 (for LFC). Everything else (blanking/pulsing/flickering) will most likely be absent on monitors that can satisfy the LFC requirement. Curiously Acer and Asus (the first two manufacturers to get on the list) were two of the biggest sellers of GSync displays (coincidence?).

Here's a spreadsheet of FreeSync Compatibility from Reddit users.

Furthermore, today's article seems to reinforce that Tom's has believed that GSync was functionally superior to FreeSync up until now.... The technologies have done the exact same thing for many many years now (ever since AMD added LFC a few months after the initial FreeSync launch). The difference is the panel that's being included. As today's article shows, if you compare two monitors with the same PANEL then...WOW!!!....the results are the same.

It would be nice if Tom's would actually guide the knowledge base instead of lagging behind and spreading
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