Gamers are everywhere around the globe and for sure they are living en masse in Moscow. A few days ago, this gaming crowd gathered at Igromir, the biggest Russian event dedicated to gaming. The show encompasses Comic Con Russia and attracts over 160,000 visitors at the Crocus Expo Exhibition Center. At AMD we have a passion for gaming and we could not miss such a great opportunity to interact with this community.
Tens of thousands of gamers were queuing for hours early in the morning to enter the place; they deserved to enjoy current and upcoming titles – including Far Cry 5 – running on our latest and greatest hardware. Thanks to our local team in Moscow, we provided our partners with Ryzen™ 7 and Radeon™ RX demo systems.
We did not stop there and we teamed up with BUZZGURU to put in place a demo lounge for YouTube bloggers. Away from the craziness of the show and thanks to our Ryzen Threadripper system, they could edit their videos in a blink of an eye.
As you’ve probably noticed on the last picture if you followed our community events this summer, we brought with us our FreeSync™ vs. G-Sync demo setup. Both systems were equipped with Ryzen 7 1800X CPUs, 16GB of DDR4 memory and a curved, ultra-wide 1440p ASUS monitor. On the left side, we had a Radeon RX Vega 64 and a FreeSync monitor (MX34Q; VA panel). On the right side was sitting a GeForce GTX 1080 with a G-Sync monitor (PG34; IPS panel).
We offered the crowd in our lounge to play for a few minutes (or more!) with Battlefield 1 on both systems. Then came what is now our traditional question. Could they tell the difference? Most of our guests at Igromir could not. Some preferred the colors of the IPS monitor, some favored the curvature of the VA one, and all of them were shocked to realize the cost difference between these 2 monitors. To some extent, we were as well. In some regions, price premiums can be exacerbated on electronics goods and in Russia this G-Sync monitor costs $700 more than its FreeSync counterpart.
More importantly, all our Russian friends had an amazing time in our lounge, some of them playing for hours over the 4 days of the show. Who would not enjoy buttery smooth gaming with variable refresh rate on an ultrawide curved display? We certainly do! These gorgeous monitors are amazing and we’re proud to provide gamers with such an experience at a reasonable cost.