Tuesday, February 17th 2015

Acer Announces XG270HU Monitor with AMD Freesync

The Acer XG270HU gaming monitor with AMD FreeSync technology and support for AMD Radeon R-Series GPU eliminates screen tearing and stuttering to offer users an ultra-smooth gaming experience. This 27-inch monitor also comes with WQHD (2560 x 1440) resolution, a fast 144Hz refresh rate, and an edge-to-edge frameless design for enhanced gaming performance and seamless viewing.

With FreeSync technology, the XG270HU monitor's frames are synced with the graphics card's frames to eliminate screen tearing and stuttering. This technology minimizes lag and latency, thereby offering ultra-smooth action sequences that are essential for enjoying the latest games. The XG270HU's edge-to-edge frameless display maximizes the viewing area and affords a seamless viewing experience for multi-monitor setups. Its fast 1ms response time assures that actions or dramatic transitions will be rendered smoothly without smearing or ghosting effects.
The XG270HU is adorned with Acer's characteristic gaming visual identity with a bold orange strip along the bottom horizontal frame and outlines the base stand. For easy connectivity, the monitor includes HDMI 2.0, dual-link DVI, DisplayPort 1.2, and 2 x 2W speakers.

To reduce eye strain and potential eye damage from prolonged viewing, the XG270HU is built with Acer EyeProtect technologies. This includes flicker-less technology that eliminates screen flicker through a stable supply of power; ComfyView which reduces reflection from ambient light sources on the non-glare panel, low-dimming technology that adjusts screen brightness when working in non-optimal lighting conditions, and a blue light filter to reduce blue light exposure.
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74 Comments on Acer Announces XG270HU Monitor with AMD Freesync

#1
jabbadap
TN still? And it should be at least displayport 1.2a, 1.2.
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#2
xfia
absolutely beautiful :toast: i think its time for me to get on the 1440p bandwagon
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#3
john_
I think now with Freesync we should also start asking about the lowest supporting frequency, not just the max that the monitor supports. Right?
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#4
GhostRyder
So this looks like the AMD contender to the ROG swift I guess on the base level of specs (By that I mean a 1440p, 144hz monitor with Freesync/Gsync). Looks good as well at least to me, would love to see it in action.

So what's the price going to be I wonder, also would love to see some 4K variants with Freesync.
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#5
hardcore_gamer
GhostRyderSo this looks like the AMD contender to the ROG swift I guess on the base level of specs (By that I mean a 1440p, 144hz monitor with Freesync/Gsync). Looks good as well at least to me, would love to see it in action.

So what's the price going to be I wonder, also would love to see some 4K variants with Freesync.
If you don't mind spending some additional bucks to support nvidia's love for proprietary tech, Acer XB280HK is an option worth considering for 4K gaming. My friend has one of these and it is really good. Gameplay is smooth even if the card is struggling to maintain 40FPS. I believe gsync/freesync is a must have feature for 4K displays as GPUs are not doubling in performance every generation like they used to do in the past.
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#6
GhostRyder
hardcore_gamerIf you don't mind spending some additional bucks to support nvidia's love for proprietary tech, Acer XB280HK is an option worth considering for 4K gaming. My friend has one of these and it is really good. Gameplay is smooth even if the card is struggling to maintain 40FPS. I believe gsync/freesync is a must have feature for 4K displays as GPUs are not doubling in performance every generation like they used to do in the past.
I have currently 3 R9 290X cards so Gsync is out of the question for me unless I want to redo my system. I currently also have the Acer B286HK UHD monitor which is actually pretty nice and my system can run it well but the idea and what I have seen so far of how the techs work make it something I do eventually want to get/look into. Most likely unless I see a stellar deal I will hold off until I replace my cards in 2015-2016 then decide based on what is being done at that time and what company I buy my cards from next.
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#8
happita
More monitors need to come out with support for Freesync that way more competition = more competitive prices. I can't imagine how much these debuted monitors are going to cost. I might as well wait until next year to upgrade to something like this. Don't think my lonely R9 290 will be pushing 120 frames on games like BF4 at 1440p; it'll be a combo purchase when I eventually decide, monitor + GPU.
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#9
Jurassic1024
Yawn. Wake me when AMD is brave enough to allow a third party to show FreeSync demo's running GAMES side by side with G-Sync.

I don't buy stuff based solely on marketing speak and specs. I have more sense than that.
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#10
TheGuruStud
This isn't TN from what I've read. It is supposed to be similar in quality to an IPS, though.
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#11
eidairaman1
The Exiled Airman
jabbadapTN still? And it should be at least displayport 1.2a, 1.2.
Nothing pleases you. Go get some sunshine.
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#12
ZoneDymo
Jurassic1024Yawn. Wake me when AMD is brave enough to allow a third party to show FreeSync demo's running GAMES side by side with G-Sync.

I don't buy stuff based solely on marketing speak and specs. I have more sense than that.
well cant speak really about "buying stuff" as with freesync its just (soon) standard in all monitors, you just get it with it because its build in the display port which is one of the ports you can hook your gear up with, along side HDMI, DVI, VGA.

Now Gsync, that adds to the pricetag....quite a bit as well, that needs some convincing.
john_I think now with Freesync we should also start asking about the lowest supporting frequency, not just the max that the monitor supports. Right?
Why? I mean the slowest fps content are those 24 fps movies, that is considered the minimum for motion.
And Im sure this monitor like any other can do that.
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#13
Hitman_Actual
john_I think now with Freesync we should also start asking about the lowest supporting frequency, not just the max that the monitor supports. Right?
You're absolutely right. "free"sync doesn't have the rang and accuracy of Gsync. People still fail to fully understand the tech.

I gladly pay more for a better experience.
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#14
quake4toll
Almost there! Almost there! My 7 years 4:3 19" Samsung please don't die :D
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#15
renz496
ZoneDymowell cant speak really about "buying stuff" as with freesync its just (soon) standard in all monitors, you just get it with it because its build in the display port which is one of the ports you can hook your gear up with, along side HDMI, DVI, VGA.

Now Gsync, that adds to the pricetag....quite a bit as well, that needs some convincing.
isn't that adaptive sync optional even to DP1.3 spec? monitor maker can exclude adaptive sync from regular monitor and leverage that 'optional' option to charge extra for monitors that support adaptive sync.
ZoneDymoWhy? I mean the slowest fps content are those 24 fps movies, that is considered the minimum for motion.
And Im sure this monitor like any other can do that.
most adaptive sync monitors that i know only support down to 40hz. among the many that shown at CES i think only one monitor can support down to 30hz.
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#16
Xzibit
renz496isn't that adaptive sync optional even to DP1.3 spec? monitor maker can exclude adaptive sync from regular monitor and leverage that 'optional' option to charge extra for monitors that support adaptive sync.
It comes to a much lower price.

Nvidia buys ALTERA Arria V chips for the G-Sync module. Nvidia doesn't make anything. Nvidia was asking vendors to gut the panel. Replace internals for a DD board with MXM module attachment. Then they would qualify for a G-Sync module to be provided to them. They probably also charging extra cost for calibration which adds to the cost.

Vesa Adaptive-Sync T-Con suppliers just had to do minor adjustments to the T-Cons they were already selling to monitor vendors. Nothing really changes in the supply chain just the T-Con are newer capable models. The added cost is minimal.
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#17
HumanSmoke
TheGuruStudThis isn't TN from what I've read. It is supposed to be similar in quality to an IPS, though.
The original speculation was that this was possibly an AHVA unit (via Tom'zzzzzz). Pretty much now confirmed this is a TN 6-bit+dithering unit.
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#18
renz496
XzibitIt comes to a much lower price.

Nvidia buys ALTERA Arria V chips for the G-Sync module. Nvidia doesn't make anything. Nvidia was asking vendors to gut the panel. Replace internals for a DD board with MXM module attachment. Then they would qualify for a G-Sync module to be provided to them. They probably also charging extra cost for calibration which adds to the cost.

Vesa Adaptive-Sync T-Con suppliers just had to do minor adjustments to the T-Cons they were already selling to monitor vendors. Nothing really changes in the supply chain just the T-Con are newer capable models. The added cost is minimal.
why bring in G-Sync? i'm not talking about GSync vs FreeSync at all. what i mean is there could be two monitors with both having DP1.3. but since Adaptive Sync only optional to the spec monitor maker can make two version of the same monitor. one with adaptive sync and the other without it. then sell the one with adaptive sync at much higher price. yes the cost on monitor maker are small or none at all but it still doesn't stop them from charging premium price for 'gaming' feature like adaptive sync.
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#19
Patriot
Hitman_ActualYou're absolutely right. "free"sync doesn't have the rang and accuracy of Gsync. People still fail to fully understand the tech.

I gladly pay more for a better experience.
Pay for flicker.
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#20
BiggieShady
renz496most adaptive sync monitors that i know only support down to 40hz. among the many that shown at CES i think only one monitor can support down to 30hz.
So with demanding games free sync is good only for flagship cards where frame rate doesn't go under 40 (or 30 for that one model). If I understand correctly, below that screen goes dark?
I think I saw similar behaviour with mobile gsync in that leaked nvidia drivers at pcper:
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#21
jabbadap
Hmh overclockers.co.uk has preorder for this: Acer Predator XG277HU 27" FREESYNC TN 144Hz Gaming Widescreen LED Monitor - Black/Red (UM.HG0EE.001) £429.95 inc VAT
The first FreeSync monitor available for pre-order, based on a very unique high performance TN panel designed for gaming with a 2560x1440 resolution, 144Hz, 1ms, Zeroframe and FreeSync support.


Features:-
- Crisp 27-inch, 2560 x 1440 visuals combined with fast 144Hz refresh rate, 1ms response time, made smooth by AMD FREESYNC™ technology

Specification:-
- Screen Size: 27" (69cm)
- Resolution: 2560x1440 WQHD
- Panel: TN
- Response Time: 1ms
- Refresh Rate: 144Hz
- Brightness: 350cd/m
- Contrast ratio: 1000:1 (100,000,000:1 DCR)
- Connectivity: 1x DVI-D, 1x HDMI, 1x DisplayPort (Display Cable and USB cables included)
- USB 3.0 Hub
- FreeSync Enabled
- Speakers: 2x2W Stereo
- Warranty: 3yr (On-Site with Acer - 0371 760 1000)
eidairaman1Nothing pleases you. Go get some sunshine.
There's a little sunshine here this time of year(it's dark outside and it's usually snowing in day time)... I was asking just because there was that rumored upcoming ahva panel monitor from acer and there wasn't mention of panel type.
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#22
TheGuruStud
HumanSmokeThe original speculation was that this was possibly an AHVA unit (via Tom'zzzzzz). Pretty much now confirmed this is a TN 6-bit+dithering unit.
Oh :( Thanks for the info. Fast response time would be nice, but TN just isn't worth it unless it's cheap.

Time to wait for freesync 4k IPS.
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#23
semantics
Still waiting for an actual review of freesync before i care. Didn't care much for G-sync when it came out. After it was reviewed only cared a little bit as i suspected it had limitations. I'll stick to light strobing and IPS overclocked till i burns out.
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#24
AsRock
TPU addict
Hitman_ActualYou're absolutely right. "free"sync doesn't have the rang and accuracy of Gsync. People still fail to fully understand the tech.

I gladly pay more for a better experience.
One thing for sure, buying nVidia you will be paying out the ass for it too.

Too me either of them are way to early to buy in to, sooner or later their be Freesync\GSync combined unless NV play a hole ooh i mean if some one play a hole..
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#25
arbiter
jabbadapTN still? And it should be at least displayport 1.2a, 1.2.
Yea IPS 144hz only just announced at CES so price will be at a point i doubt freesync will be on them cause AMD is the "bargin brand"
Jurassic1024Yawn. Wake me when AMD is brave enough to allow a third party to show FreeSync demo's running GAMES side by side with G-Sync.
I don't buy stuff based solely on marketing speak and specs. I have more sense than that.
I agree, Only thing seen of Freesync is demo setup by AMD. Nothing outside their control so they will set it up to be perfectly optimal to make it look perfect.
ZoneDymowell cant speak really about "buying stuff" as with freesync its just (soon) standard in all monitors, you just get it with it because its build in the display port which is one of the ports you can hook your gear up with, along side HDMI, DVI, VGA.
Now Gsync, that adds to the pricetag....quite a bit as well, that needs some convincing.
Freesync isn't the standard, it makes Use of the standard but its AMD proprietary software. Even the standard is Optional part of it.
renz496isn't that adaptive sync optional even to DP1.3 spec? monitor maker can exclude adaptive sync from regular monitor and leverage that 'optional' option to charge extra for monitors that support adaptive sync.
Its 1.2a spec but it Optional part of the spec as way it works required new hardware in the monitor to work properly. At risk of flak, AMD claimed when they announced it, you wouldn't need any new hardware and some current monitors would support it, which not surprisingly was a bit of a lie.
renz496why bring in G-Sync? i'm not talking about GSync vs FreeSync at all. what i mean is there could be two monitors with both having DP1.3. but since Adaptive Sync only optional to the spec monitor maker can make two version of the same monitor. one with adaptive sync and the other without it. then sell the one with adaptive sync at much higher price. yes the cost on monitor maker are small or none at all but it still doesn't stop them from charging premium price for 'gaming' feature like adaptive sync.
Yea they could make 2 monitors 100% identical in hardware and design, just
BiggieShadySo with demanding games free sync is good only for flagship cards where frame rate doesn't go under 40 (or 30 for that one model). If I understand correctly, below that screen goes dark?
I think I saw similar behaviour with mobile gsync in that leaked nvidia drivers at pcper:
Reason that happened was it was a Alpha beta driver, if screen doesn't get new data to update after so many xx seconds that is what will happen. Nvidia with g-sync has ram built in to module so it stores video data to keep something refreshing on screen in case fps goes from like 55fps to 10 fps. That is just an example.

I think Freesync is limited to 40hz/fps at lowest, g-sync i know can go down to 30.
AsRockOne thing for sure, buying nVidia you will be paying out the ass for it too.
Too me either of them are way to early to buy in to, sooner or later their be Freesync\GSync combined unless NV play a hole ooh i mean if some one play a hole..
Least with G-sync, nvidia can ADD features to it at will, the standard route amd went well they are limited to what standard allows. New tech is always expensive at first. Gotta praise Nvidia for pushing this tech in to the market, well over due for something new on monitor side that hasn't had anything big since LCD monitors.
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