Two big FreeSync milestones were announced last week. First up was the announcement that Lenovo launched the 27" Y27f, it's first FreeSync display. The second news is very closely related as this screen from Lenovo is the 101st FreeSync display released since AMD announced its FreeSync technology as a "no-cost" alternative to NVIDIA's G-Sync.
Both technologies synchronize the refresh rate of your video card with your display, resulting in smoother gameplay by eliminating stutter and tearing issues. AMD's FreeSync is a software-based solution that uses the royalty-free DisplayPort Adaptive-Sync industry standard, while NVIDIA's G-Sync is a hardware-based solution.
As PC World reports, the big problem right now is that there's no cross-compatibility. In theory, NVIDIA could adopt FreeSync, but the company prefers to keep pushing its G-Sync technology.
There’s a nasty anti-consumer downside to this display technology war between AMD and Nvidia: The lack of cross-compatibility. The benefits of FreeSync displays only work with Radeon graphics cards while G-Sync’s charms are restricted to GeForce cards. With many gamers buying monitors far less frequently than graphics cards, the threat of brand lock-in is real. Here’s hoping AMD and Nvidia cast aside their difference to rally around a single standard at some point in the future—but don’t hold your breath.