Should I use FreeSync with my LG 27UD88 monitor?

Should I use FreeSync with my LG 27UD88 monitor?

Best answer: Yes, you should, assuming your computer has an AMD graphics card. FreeSync is a good choice on this monitor that's ideally suited for gaming.Amazon: LG 4K UHD 27UD88 ($650)Amazon: Radeon Pulse RX 550 ($140)

What's FreeSync?

Because it offers a smooth and responsive gameplay experience, 60Hz is still the rate that most folks use with PC gaming. When you throw in 4K resolution, however, 60Hz can prove to be a challenge for some graphics cards. It's in these type of situations where FreeSync comes in.

First announced in 2014, FreeSync is AMD's adaptive sync technology that supports dynamic refresh rates. In doing so, it helps to reduce screen tearing and stuttering in content that can occur with graphics cards during heavy loads.

FreeSync 2, first announced in 2017, removed the minimum frame rate and set a maximum on-screen latency. It also doubled the color volume with support for wide color gamut color spaces and increased display brightness.

But remember, you need an AMD graphics card

FreeSync is only meant for AMD's own graphics cards. If you've got an NVIDIA graphics card, there's a competing technology called G-Sync. Also, FreeSync is only available when it is connected to Display Port. In other words, if you aren't willing to drop some cash on an AMD graphics card, there's no reason to turn FreeSync on.

AMD has some affordable choices, like the basic Radeon Pulse RX 550, but there are plenty of options. Just make sure you check for compatibility with your current peripherals before making a graphics card purchase. We're huge fans of PCPartPicker when it comes to finding the perfect parts for your PC.

Bryan M Wolfe
Staff Writer

Bryan M. Wolfe has written about technology for over a decade on various websites, including TechRadar, AppAdvice, and many more. Before this, he worked in the technology field across different industries, including healthcare and education. He’s currently iMore’s lead on all things Mac and macOS, although he also loves covering iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch. Bryan enjoys watching his favorite sports teams, traveling, and driving around his teenage daughter to her latest stage show, audition, or school event in his spare time. He also keeps busy walking his black and white cocker spaniel, Izzy, and trying new coffees and liquid grapes.