Dell recently announced a few upgrades to its high end Alienware branded Area 51 desktop systems – equipping them with intel’s new Core-X and AMD Thread Ripper CPU’s. Also announced at around the same time were two brand new Alienware monitors that are obviously targeted at gamers. The two new monitors bear the model numbers Alienware AW2518H and the Alienware AW2518HF with the difference between the two being support for either Nvidia G-Sync or AMD FreeSync.
Both the models boast of support for 240Hz refresh rate. Other features common to both the monitors include 24.5-inch TN-panels with 3-sided narrow bezels, a native display resolution of 1920×1080 pixels, upto 400 nits of brightness, 1ms response time and a 1000:1 contrast ratio. Connectivity options include four USB 3.0 port hubs, a headphone jack, DisplayPort 1.2 and HDMI 1.4 inputs. Both the monitors also support Alienware’s fully customizable RGB lighting system on the back.
While the monitors seem to be identical in all respects except for their respective support for either Nvidia’s G-Sync and AMD’s FreeSync, there is a $200 price difference between the two. The AW2518H, which is the one with support for Nvidia G-Sync has been priced at $699.99 while the AW2518HF with AMD FreeSync will cost you $499.99.
Now that you know the price difference between these two virtually identical monitors, do you think Nvidia is asking too much of a premium over AMD for its proprietary G-Sync technology? Is such a huge difference in price justified?
Both the models are currently on sale in the U.S. We still do not know if these monitors will make it to India.
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