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AMD FreeSync monitors now available

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AMD’s FreeSync monitors are finally available for shipping.

The Nvidia G-Sync-rivalling FreeSync technology is designed to enhance gameplay by dynamically changing the refresh rates of the monitor. This refreshed rate is synched to the graphics card to prevent image stuttering and tearing.

AMD FreeSync will have 11 compatible monitors, including those from Acer, BenQ, LG, Nixeus, Samsung and Viewsonic.

Here are the specs for each monitor that’s been announced:
- Acer XG270HU: 27-inch screen, 2560×1440 resolution, 122Hz refresh rate
- BenQ XL2730Z: 27-inch screen, 2560×1440 resolution, 122Hz refresh rate
- LG 29UM67: 29-inch screen, 2560x1080 resolution, 75Hz refresh rate
- LG 34UM67: 34-inch screen, 2560x1080 resolution, 75Hz refresh rate
- Nixeus NX-VUE24: 24-inch screen, 1920x1080 resolution, 144Hz refresh rate
- Samsung UE850: 23.6-inch and 28-inch screen, 3840x2160, 60Hz refresh rate
- Samsung UE590: 23.6-inch, 28-inch and 31.5-inch screen, 3840x2160, 60Hz refresh rate
- Viewsonic VX2701mh: 27-inch screen, 1920x1080 screen, 144Hz refresh rate

Some monitors are already popping up on retailer sites, including the BenQ monitor for around $630 (£427).

The LG 29UM67 has a price tag of $449 and the firm’s 34UM67 model will be available for $649 in the US and around £439 in the UK.

AMD revealed it’s full line up of FreeSync displays back in January, where corporate VP of ISV/IHV partner group Roy Taylor said: “Gamers who use FreeSync technology with AMD Radeon R-Series graphics and AMD latest generation of APUs can rest assured that they're enjoying the best possible experience."

Last year, AMD’s gaming scientist Richard Hubby declared to PCR that its FreeSync monitors will be $100 cheaper than Nvidia’s G-Sync models.

"One of the most attractive things about FreeSync when compared to G-Sync is that FreeSync is free to all our partners," said Huddy.

"That is to say the partner never has to pay us anything for using the IP which we gave to VESA – the standard authority on this kind of matter.

"That means that FreeSync monitors, if they are built to a higher quality, will cost more but there is no licence fee associated with it. And it turns out that actually there’s no extra bill of materials in the case of any monitors I’m aware of. G-Sync monitors will cost about an extra $80 to 100 for consumers compared to FreeSync."

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