Dell Chooses G-Sync – AND Freesync

Dell has made a slightly unusual choice in its new gaming monitors (S2417DG and SE2717H), in that it has used two different refresh rate technologies. The 23.8″ model uses Nvidia’s G-Sync, while Dell has opted for AMD’s Freesync on the larger (27″) display.

To support the G-Sync technology, the S2417DG has a 1ms (G2G) response time and a 165Hz refresh rate. The top and side bezels are thin, supporting use in multi-monitor setups, and the display can be tilted, swivelled, pivoted and raised or lowered. The screen is also flicker-free using DC dimming.

A TN panel from AUO is used, with with 2560 x 1440 resolution, a 1,000:1 contrast ratio and 170°/160° viewing angles. 8-bit colour is supported. Brightness is 350 cd/m². Dell has not confirmed ports yet (the monitor is expected to be launched in Q3 for $570), but its larger cousin, the S2716DG, featured DisplayPort, HDMI and USB 3.0 (x4).

The larger SE2717H is the first Dell monitor using AMD’s Freesync. Refresh rate is up to 75Hz. The panel is an IPS unit, with 1920 x 1080 resolution and a 6ms (G2G) response time. IPS is less common on gaming displays due to the higher response times. However, viewing angles (178°) are improved. Flicker-free and low-blue-light modes are featured.

Contrast ratio is 1,000:1 and brightness is 300 cd/m². HDMI and VGA ports are featured. The display can be tilted from -5° to 21°. Dell has not provided launch details for this display yet, but it is rumoured to cost $250.

Finally, a 34″ curved monitor was leaked ahead of its official release. This monitor will apparently be called the U3417W and will succeed the current U3415W. It is said to have 3440 x 1440 resolution; a 60Hz refresh rate; and DisplayPort, mini-DisplayPort, HDMI 2.0 and USB 3.0 (x3) inputs. It will also be able to be tilted, swivelled and raised or lowered.