Can't Decide between Freesync and G-sync

Discussion in 'Video Cards and Monitors' started by gillmanjr, Dec 18, 2018.

  1. gillmanjr

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    Hello again guys. So the time has finally come where I am really itching for a monitor and GPU upgrade, its been a long time (you can see my current system in my signature). I have my heart set on going to a 21:9 1440p ultrawide but I just can't decide whether to save some cash and go Freesync + Vega 64 or spend it and go with G-sync + 2070. I've been pulling my hair out for the last month here trying to make up my mind. Is there any real reason to spend about $500 extra on the Nvidia route?

    My other question is: how do you think the rest of my system (4670k) is going to handle this? Do I also need to consider an upgrade to 8600k at this point or can I get a couple more years of solid gaming out of my rig? Would adding a liquid cooler and taking my 4670k up over 4.0 GHz be worth considering? (I'm still running a Zalman air cooler that is nearly a decade old)

    Just wanted to get some opinions here, what would you do in my position? FYI I am also planning the switch to Win 10 soon so I can play the new Forza games with my steering wheel setup.
     
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  2. _Kyle_

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    I think you should go with G-Sync at the moment and the RTX 2070. However, if I were you, I would wait for the AMD RX3080 to release and pair it with Freesync.

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    I'm not sure about how your system would handle the new cards, but I feel like it would probably bottleneck them. Somebody else can probably confirm that this is true or false.
     
  3. Darren

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    Yeah you'd probably see some bottlenecking at this point with a 4690k.
     
  4. beers

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    What performance goal are you targeting?

    You could pay for a RX580 with the difference between Freesync and G-Sync :p
     
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  5. Darren

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    Freesync is the logical option from a price perspective but I can't really recommend an AMD GPU at the moment (as difficult as it is to say that). Midrange stuff is fine but on the high end not so much. :/

    If you're able to be patient I'd wait for new AMD GPU's just to see what is out there. 390 isn't a slouch by any means still anyway.
     
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  6. gillmanjr

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    Yea my R9 390 is fine for 1440p but only on a 16:9 60 Hz monitor. Anything beyond that and it'll surely fall apart. Right now I'm playing Prey, which is an amazing game btw. The 390 is doing just fine, but man would I love to be playing this game on an ultrawide...

    When is this new AMD 3080 card supposed to come out? I hadn't heard anything about it.

    Also, if you guys think my CPU is really going to bottleneck any new GPU than maybe I'll just buy a liquid cooler and take it up to 4.4-4.5 GHz. The coolers are pretty cheap and the OCing is free so really no reason not to. I'd rather not spend all that extra $ on an 8600k, new MOBO and RAM if it isn't absolutely necessary.
     
  7. _Kyle_

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    Gonna be awhile, to be honest.

    Release date is "rumored" to be from April all the way to September.
     
  8. gillmanjr

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    I don't know if I can wait that long.
     
  9. Darren

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    It's just a matter if $500 is worth it to you really. It wouldn't be for me I can assure you of that.

    Personally I'd get a FreeSync now and keep the 390 until the new GPU's are out. If they're good then you saved a lot of money and can pick up a new GPU to match the monitor. If they suck you can flip the monitor at a minor loss (consider it the cost of having it for several months) and go the Nvidia route then. I just can't justify $500 for Nvidia's G Sync tax.
     
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  10. gillmanjr

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    I agree with you and I'm leaning this way but what about a Vega 64? You don't think its a worth while upgrade?

    BTW I've been looking at AIO liquid coolers and I'm going to pickup a Corsair H115i. I'll probably do that first and keep my eye out for a sale on monitors after X mas. The Viotek 1440p ultrawide is only $469 on Amazon right now but I'm hoping something might be even cheaper after the holidays.
     
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  11. Darren

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    Ehh the Vega cards aren't bad but I know they weren't exactly competitive at launch. Truthfully I haven't checked pricing/benchmarks lately so not sure where they stand. I love my 1080 but I bought it as a direct result of Vega's launch being not great. Really just depends on how much they cost.

    Full disclosure I'm a long time AMD fan so take my advice with a grain of salt that there's a little bias towards AMD. All my previous cards were AMD.
     
  12. gillmanjr

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    When I first started with gaming PCs, which was basically around 2000 I think, I only bought Nvidia cards. But for the last 10 years I've gone with AMD exclusively just because I find them to be a better value. I like them too, never had any problems whatsoever and they've always seemed to provide the performance I expect.

    FYI Vega 64 cards are now down to $399, which is why I am considering one. They benchmark fairly well against the 2070 with ultrawide 1440p gaming - in most games the 2070 outperforms it but there are a few that the Vega outperforms. Now that its $150+ cheaper it sounds like a good option for me. But I may take your advice and wait until the summer/fall until the new AMD cards comes out, but that is going to depend heavily on how my 390 does with the ultrawide.
     
  13. Darren

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    Yeah you can just start with the monitor and throw in the Vega when it feels necessary. Yeah at that price that's not too bad.
     
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  14. beers

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    That's probably the best play, then you can also leverage freesync while you're saving for the next gen or dropping on a good deal on a vega card.
     
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  15. gillmanjr

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    Ordered an NZXT Kraken X62 for my i5. Arriving tomorrow. This will be my first experience with water cooling...I'm pretty excited to see how far I can push it.
     
  16. gillmanjr

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    So guys, yesterday the Viotek GN34CB 1440p ultrawide was the "deal of the day" on Amazon. The price dropped to $375, which honestly is crazy cheap for a 1440p, 100Hz, ultrawide Freesync monitor with VA panel. You can't get any other brand for even close to that cheap. I was staring at it last night with about 4 hours left on the sale but just couldn't bring myself to pull the trigger on it. There are too many negative reviews, and it just seems like buying a no name monitor like that is a shot in the dark. I'd rather spend twice the money and get something nice. What do you think? Would you have taken the chance on the Viotek?

    I am seriously struggling trying to decide what monitor to buy. I use monitors for a long time (my Dell is going on over 8 years) so I don't mind spending a lot and getting something good that will be future proof. I am looking in the $700 to $800 range, and in that range there are some nice G-Sync options too. Maybe I should have started a voting thread for this, but which one would you pick...

    1. ASUS ROG Strix Freesync

    2. Benq Freesync

    3. Acer Predator Z35P G-Sync

    4. AOC Agon G-Sync

    I did not include the Dell Alienware G-Sync ultrawide ($799) in my list because its only 34". The above four options are all 35", and from what I've read that extra inch makes a noticeable difference. But I do have to say, I think the Alienware is the nicest looking of the bunch and its also overclock-able to 120Hz.

    Merry Christmas!
     
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  17. beers

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    I almost bought that too but decided against it.

    At that price you might as well go for a top tier gpu and the gsync variant, but it all depends on Vega 2
     
  18. Darren

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    I am very glad I didn't see that deal yesterday.
     
  19. gillmanjr

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    You would have bought it?
     
  20. Darren

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    Definitely would have thought about it. Probably wouldn't have ended up doing it but I have made impulsive buys before on sale.
     

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