FreeSync 2 is AMD's monitor technology for the next generation of HDR gaming displays. After an explainer on FreeSync 2, now we are testing one of these monitors for some gaming, and telling you if they're worth buying right now.
It doesn't matter how much expensive hardware you pack into your PC, it all goes to waste without a great monitor to match. As 4K monitors become a popular choice among pros and productivity fans, it's the resolution of choice for our Best Overall pick. But with more high-end features appearing in affordable models, we've broken things down so choosing the best display for your needs is narrowed down to just a few great choices.
FreeSync 2 was announced over a year ago but it's only recently that we're starting to see the its ecosystem expand with new display options. As HDR and wide-gamut monitors become more of a reality over the next year, there's no better time to discuss FreeSync 2 than now, when you can actually buy it.
The Asus ROG Strix XG35VQ monitor comes packed with features bringing a ton of value if you're after a killer ultrawide gaming experience: 35" 3440 x 1440 VA with a 1800R curve, 100Hz refresh rate, and FreeSync support.
For the past two years the Acer Predator X34 has remained one of the best gaming monitors on the market. I've been so satisfied with it since launch that that I've kept it as my personal monitor for both gaming and video production. But this new monitor from Acer, an upgraded version of the X34, is even better in almost every way.
When you're a creative professional in need of color accuracy, there are many high quality options available on the market. We're looking at one of these monitors today, the ViewSonic VP3268, which is one of the highest-end monitors ViewSonic sells. It's a large 32-inch 3840 x 2160 IPS LCD, complete with unique features geared specifically towards professionals.
AOC, we need to talk about your product names. The monitor I have to review today is called the Agon AG322QCX, which no one sane will remember after reading it. And that's a shame, because there's quite a memorable spec sheet to discuss.
Let's cut right to the chase. The Asus ROG Strix XG27VQ is a $350 gaming monitor, 27 inches in size, with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 and a refresh rate of 144 Hz. We're looking at a VA LCD panel here with FreeSync support, sporting an 1800R curvature.
Adaptive sync display technologies from Nvidia and AMD have been on the market for a few years now, however it's just recently that it's become more mainstream with gamers taking the plunge thanks to generous selection, a wide variety of options, and monitor budgets. As both technologies have matured, it's a good time to revisit them to see where the differences lie in mid 2017.