Nvidia fires back regarding AMD's FreeSync technology demo

By Shawn Knight · 58 replies
Jan 9, 2014
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  1. Hot off the heels of Nvidia’s G-Sync announcement late last year, AMD came to the Consumer Electronics Show with a variable refresh rate technology of their own. Known as FreeSync, the Nvidia alternative aims to essentially do the same thing...

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  2. MilwaukeeMike

    MilwaukeeMike TS Evangelist Posts: 2,886   +1,222

    Ok, so AMD's free G-sync tech only works on laptops... that's still great isn't it?

    Oh, and maybe someone can answer this for me. I don't really know what DisplayPort is... I haven't built a PC in a while and I still think of DVI and HDMI as being the main interfaces. If DisplayPort is new, why didn't they build in dynamic refresh like they have in laptop interfaces?
  3. treeski

    treeski TS Evangelist Posts: 990   +233

    Original version of displayport was developed in 2006, and the current version has been around since 2009. I believe Apple and Dell have been using it the longest, but these days it's quickly replacing DVI from what I've seen.
  4. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 9,713   +3,688

    Display port also allows a daisy chain of monitor from one port. Each device has a input and output for creating the chain.
  5. m4a4

    m4a4 TS Evangelist Posts: 953   +515

    Well then, no excuses, get "g-sync" drivers out for laptops Nvidia! :p
  6. amstech

    amstech IT Overlord Posts: 1,936   +1,101

    Nvidia is always a step ahead of AMD so I knew there would be a catch. Sorry AMD but no clock speed adjustments will save you here.
  7. treeski

    treeski TS Evangelist Posts: 990   +233

    Sure, but Nvidia doesn't provide any argument for using their technology on laptops.
  8. Duskywolf50

    Duskywolf50 TS Rookie Posts: 21

    Yes, Nivida did ahead of AMD but if AMD do not bring this up then Nivida will charge you more money for this technology so they poke Nivida. You should thank AMD.
  9. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 9,713   +3,688

    Could be from nVidia point of view, they really don't care about AMD's technology on laptops.
  10. GhostRyder

    GhostRyder This guy again... Posts: 2,198   +593

    Sounds like Nvidia is mad at AMD for making a free version and trying to spite AMD for stealing the spotlight. I can see the fanboy patrol is on the hunt above trying to make the tech sound bad so they can justify 600+ dollars for a tech AMD is offering for free.

    Then again, we just have to wait for the response, its just a back and forth war at this point between the companies.
  11. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 9,713   +3,688

    Seriously @GhostRyder nVidia didn't come forward with an attack, someone went to their booth and ask them questions. nVidia was answering the questions that were ask of them on their own ground. nVidia has nothing to be mad at.
  12. GhostRyder

    GhostRyder This guy again... Posts: 2,198   +593

    Didn't say it was an attack, merely they made a smite at the tech shown by AMD because they wanted their tech to sound better. Both companies are playing this game right now where one says one thing then the other smacks the other with an "Answer to a question" by stating their tech is designed to be the real deal or better or whatever. This is just another one of those instances and the constant harass will go back and forth.

    Just the laws of Computer Companies in this day and age.
  13. Yay.... now I'm worried that each company develops their own proprietary tech and you'll either have a monitor that supports one or the other...

    whont that make switching graphics cards a pain because you'll have to change not only the card but the display as well if you are "changing sides"??
  14. ikesmasher

    ikesmasher TS Evangelist Posts: 2,995   +1,316

    So wait. AMD releases a free alternative to gysnc, but apparently (according to the COMPETITOR, whos trying to commercialize this type of tech, instead of give it out for free) right now it only works on laptops.
    Nvidia has no gysnc for laptops. Their gysnc desktop monitors cost hundreds of dollars more than normal monitors. This makes me think it would be cheaper to implement AMD's tech into monitors than it is to do so with gysnc. But Nvidia is still a step ahead and vastly superior.

    I can imagine it now. AMD gives out free HD7870s that only work on windows. nvidia charges you at least $300 for a GTX 770. But Nvidia is clearly the better company because the product is better and it works in MOAR SITUATIONS, even though it costs a fortune and someone else is giving you a still fantastic product for no real direct gain to them.

    Hey im not hating on Nvidia, ive got one of their cards in my build. But blind fanboyism scares me. AMD is trying to do something FREE and nice for computer users (and they have, and they will keep trying) and you still try to justify nvidea's blatant attempts to make some quick green.
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  15. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 9,713   +3,688

    If they honestly wanted to find a solution, they would implement a cable that allows better communication between the GPU and monitor. In my opinion; trying to implement GSync (because it is proprietary) or FreeSync over current cabling is a dead-end.
  16. SparkMasterB

    SparkMasterB TS Rookie

    The edge AMD has here is display manufacturers are more likely to incorporated the variable refresh rate standard into ALL monitors, and not just nvidia exclusive monitors. More potential customers, more likely to have broader support.
  17. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 9,713   +3,688

    nVidia plainly stated was not possible with current cable standards.

    When I first saw AMD's demonstration, I was wondering why they were using laptops. After reading nVidia's comment, using laptops was the only way AMD could demonstrate their FreeSync. Neither GSync or FreeSync will work with the majority of desktop hardware. So all in all, neither one has a leg up on the other.
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  18. Jad Chaar

    Jad Chaar Elite Techno Geek Posts: 6,515   +974

    I am not hating, but this is basically what you are saying xD: "OMG it doesnt have an nVidia logo on it, it must be bad!"
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  19. GhostRyder

    GhostRyder This guy again... Posts: 2,198   +593

    @ikesmasher Pushes the like button...

    They just picked up some laptops at retail to show this off on s othey could try to show this in the least biased way possible. I mean we have to wait and see if this is true or not, it could be just a Nvidia guy saying something quickly to counter AMD.

    Is there anything beyond like I can push for this comment @JC713 :D
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  20. amstech

    amstech IT Overlord Posts: 1,936   +1,101

    It's cheaper because its not as good. Its second rate knee-jerk technology in response to Gsync, which is proven to be unmatched and work good. Gsync monitors are more expensive because the technology is better then any competition and its still quite new, you want the best you gotta pay for it. Nvidia is always one step ahead and has been for years. This truth makes me a fanboy? Hahaha, so be it.
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  21. ikesmasher

    ikesmasher TS Evangelist Posts: 2,995   +1,316

    There isnt any competition. This technology was announced yesterday when gysnc was announced MONTHS ago. No one except AMD knows the potential of it or how well it actually works-including you (and yes, me.) Theres a difference between the truth and trying to predict the future.
  22. amstech

    amstech IT Overlord Posts: 1,936   +1,101

    So, that makes AMD several months late to the table with their knee-jerk version. In America, we call this being 'one step behind'.
    I believe someone called me a fanboy for saying that? How does it feel to eat your words?

    The truth is that Nvidia's tech works (now, not after testing, it works NOW) and the only word you can use to describe AMD's reactionary technology is 'it has potential'.
    I didn't need anymore information to support my claims but thanks, keep talking!
    Last edited: Jan 9, 2014
  23. ikesmasher

    ikesmasher TS Evangelist Posts: 2,995   +1,316

    You look at this like its competition; when in reality it is generosity vs greed. According to AMD, this tech works without incorporating a 200 dollar chip into the monitor. Apparently you don't like being told that your favorite company isnt perfect so im done arguing here.
  24. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 9,713   +3,688

    You have got to be joking. The only thing AMD has out has already been paid for. They just want you to think it is a free feature.
  25. ikesmasher

    ikesmasher TS Evangelist Posts: 2,995   +1,316

    Please explain.

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