Last week, AMD's FreeSync was finally made available for consumers. Six companies already announced monitors that would support the new product. Among those was Acer, which announced today that its FreeSync-compatible monitor, the XG270HU, has an official price tag and is now available for customers.
Just like the Acer's G-Sync supported model, the XB270HU, the XG270HU features a resolution of 2560 x 1440 on a 27-inch screen and a refresh rate of 144 Hz. However, it offers DisplayPort, Dual-link DVI, and HDMI 2.0, while the XB only supports DisplayPort. Another big difference is the response time; the Freesync-supported monitor has a response time of 1 ms compared to the XB's response time of 4 ms. The FreeSync model also has built-in audio speakers, while the G-Sync variant only includes a USB port.
The biggest difference between the two, other than one supports FreeSync and the other supports G-Sync, is the panel technology. The XG still uses TN film while the XB uses IPS, although we suspect that it's actually an AHVA panel, but it's still difficult to tell the difference between the two when placed side-by-side. Nevertheless, the G-Sync variant has the advantage because IPS offers better colors and high viewing angles.
If you want to have a crack at AMD's new product, the monitor is going to cost you $499.99, but if you're keen on trying out Nvidia's G-Sync, the XB will cost you $300 more at $799.99.
Why the big price gap between the two? One reason is the panel technology. With IPS as the better of the two, you're definitely paying a premium for better colors and viewing angles. Another reason is the fact that with the XB, you're paying for G-Sync; AMD used open standards within the DisplayPort's spec in order to deliver FreeSync, which the company claims brings down the cost of development yet still delivers the same performance as Nvidia's technology.
Finally, the XB has an ergonomic height-adjustable stand versus the XG's "regular" monitor stand.
Assuming, as AMD does, that FreeSync and G-Sync offer essentially equal performance, $299.99 seems quite a markup for a better panel and a fancy stand.