Our Summary and Conclusion
If we focus specifically on AMD FreeSync, the technology delivers. It does exactly what it was designed to do and worked as expected. The particular monitor we used for testing—the LG 34UM67—didn’t wow us like some other monitors we have evaluated lately due to its relatively low pixel density, limited dynamic refresh rate range (48-75Hz), and a few other minor quibbles, but at $649 for 34” of real estate, an IPS panel, and FreeSync support, we can’t really complain. The LG 34UM67’s 2560x1080 resolution is also “low enough” that you won’t need monstrous amounts of GPU horsepower to game smoothly at its native resolution.
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There are a number of other AMD FreeSync enabled displays coming down the pipeline as well. AMD expects 11 FreeSync compatible displays to hit the scene in the next few weeks, starting with the LG 34UM67 we showed you here and a couple of 27” 1440P displays from Acer and BenQ with 144Hz max refresh rates (priced at $499 and $599, respectively). Additional models from Viewsonic, Samsung, and Nixeus will come later.
Ideally, we’d like to see AMD, NVIDIA, and Intel all adopt the same, open, adaptive refresh rate technology across the board so there’s no consumer confusion between G-SYNC, FreeSync, or the generic DP Adaptive Sync, but that probably won’t happen for a while—perhaps until the next DisplayPort spec is finalized. For now though, fans of both discrete GPU manufacturers have dynamic refresh rate technologies at their disposal and that is a welcome step forward in our book.
LG 34UM67 AMD FreeSync Monitor