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About three months ago I had the honor and privilege to be on the first episode of the rebooted Inside Xbox show with @majornelson, announcing that Radeon FreeSync technology[i] is coming to Xbox One consoles[ii]. It was a pivotal moment for AMD because for the very first time, a source device outside the PC ecosystem adopted a PC gaming feature from AMD.

 

 

 

Users frequently ask us: when are the TVs going to support FreeSync? And our answer has always been, with more or less words – game consoles would be a big driver for the decision.

I’m once again in the fortunate position to have worked closely together with our good friends at Samsung on our next step on the FreeSync journey: as of today, there are over 20 already shipping Samsung televisions that support Radeon FreeSync technology through a firmware update. If you’ve purchased one of the models below, check for a firmware update in your TV menu, and a FreeSync setting will appear as an option.

 

Global Samsung TV Model NumberResolutionCurvedScreen Size
NU8000UHDN55"
NU8000UHDN65"
NU8000UHDN75"
NU8000UHDN82"
NU8500UHDY55"
NU8500UHDY65"
Q6FQUHDN55"
Q6FQUHDN65"
Q6FQUHDN75"
Q6FQUHDN82"
Q7FQUHDN55"
Q7FQUHDN65"
Q7FQUHDN75"
Q8CQUHDY55"
Q8CQUHDY65"
Q8FQUHDN55"
Q8FQUHDN65"
Q8FQUHDN75"
Q9FQUHDN65"
Q9FQUHDN75"

Model numbers may vary by region, please check www.samsung.com for confirmation of local model numbers and SEP.

 

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What does this all mean? It means whether you’re in front of your PC, or in the living room playing a game on your Xbox One console with a TV connected, FreeSync will elevate your gameplay one step closer to pixel perfection.

 

We’re incredibly proud of the wide and rapid adoption of FreeSync and can’t wait to see what other partners may come up with next for FreeSync support.

 

 

 

[1] Radeon FreeSync technology requires a monitor and AMD Radeon™ graphics, both with FreeSync support. Seewww.amd.com/freesync for complete details. Confirm capability with your system manufacturer before purchase. GD-127

[2] To enable variable refresh on Xbox One family consoles, a compatible display with FreeSync™ over HDMI and a bottom variable refresh rate below 60Hz is required. GD-129

Ubisoft’s latest blockbuster multi-platform game is highly praised by reviewers, and is a solid hit amongst gamers. Far Cry 5’s performance and visual fidelity combo is the result of a masterful engineering collaboration between Ubisoft’s Montreal and Kiev studios and AMD’s developer engineering teams.

 

We spent some time with the lead producers, writers and programmers from Ubisoft to get their perspectives on the game as well as the technical partnership with AMD.

 

 

 

 

 

And of course Larry is still convinced there are alien technologies EVERYWHERE! Is he right?

 

 

If you’re already playing “Far Cry 5” on AMD Ryzen™ and Radeon™ processors, be sure to check out our recommended settings for this game to get the most out of your gaming experience. If you’re still waiting to get your hands on “Far Cry 5” and are in need of a new graphics card, you can get this game for FREE when you purchase an eligible computer with an AMD Radeon™ RX Vega or AMD Radeon™ RX 580 graphics card. (Terms and conditions apply, you can learn more at www.amdrewards.com/amdrewards)

 

 

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© 2018 Ubisoft Entertainment. All Rights Reserved. Far Cry, Ubisoft and the Ubisoft logo are trademarks of Ubisoft Entertainment in the US and/or other countries. Based on Crytek’s original Far Cry directed by Cevat Yerli.

For the past three years, AMD’s Radeon FreeSync™ technology[i] has been on an incredible ride. We started off with a handful of OEMs making  FreeSync-capable monitors at a narrow refresh range, but through our constant efforts to bring FreeSync to the masses,  we’ve seen  a solid and the affordable variable refresh display ecosystem established based on FreeSync[ii]. To date, 353 monitors with FreeSync support have hit the market —and we’re not even close to being done.

 

A big milestone for the tech was the introduction of HDMI™ support two years ago. Since then, the functionality works on both DisplayPort and HDMI, which our competition can’t claim. We’ve also introduced Low Framerate Compensation that eases the pain of tearing and stuttering at very low frame rates below the monitor’s bottom refresh rate.

 

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FreeSync™ 2

Last year, we raised the bar significantly for panel vendors with our FreeSync 2 program[iii], a certification that passes only the most technologically advanced and most premium panels. Mandatory to possess the FreeSync 2 badge are wide color gamut support, high peak brightness and contrast, low latency, and a wide refresh rate range, and the first displays AMD certified were Samsung’s CHG70 and CHG90 monitors. With their beautiful curved panels, these monitors can run modern games at up to 144Hz and with High Dynamic Range (HDR)[iv].

 

We’re extremely proud to welcome a new member to the FreeSync 2 family: the BenQ EX3203RThis new display is a premium 32” curved gaming monitor with all the bells and whistles FreeSync 2 certification mandates: 90% DCI-P3 color gamut, support for HDR content and a wide refresh rate range going up to 144Hz at 2560x1440p resolution. It’ll be available for purchase worldwide soon, and you can expect it to be below $900 USD, a bargain considering it’s boasting the most advanced features a gamer monitor can have today that will help make your gaming rig future ready for years to come.

 

 

Affordable

One of the myths around new gaming displays is that they’re expensive, but they don’t have to be. FreeSync-capable displays can be found as low as $140 USD on Amazon. Currently, this 144Hz FreeSync-capable monitor from AOC is less than $200 USD, and if you’ve been gaming on 60Hz, high refresh combined with Radeon FreeSync technology will bring you a huge step closer to gaming nirvana. If you want a more premium display without breaking the bank, variable refresh rate with HDR can be affordable (unlike the competition): Samsung’s outstanding CHG series of monitors start around $500 USD.

 

Watch what gamers had to say about Radeon FreeSync™ technology when asked by our Leslie Pirritano:

 

 

Now on Xbox One™

These are exciting times for variable refresh technologies. Those of you who follow AMD or Xbox® news know FreeSync technology is now available on the entire Xbox One™ lineup[v], with FreeSync 2 support on the Xbox One S and Xbox One X devices. Many of you have also asked about TV support—and while we can’t pre-announce anything for our partners, TVs supporting FreeSync are much closer than you’d think. Watch this space: after getting comfortable in your gaming room, FreeSync will slowly but surely take over your living room as well!

Remember to use www.amd.com/freesync as a resource: under the monitors tab, we continuously update new models as they pass certification and are available on the market.

 


[i] Requires a monitor and AMD Radeon™ graphics, both with FreeSync support. See www.amd.com/freesync for complete details. Confirm capability with your system manufacturer before purchase. GD-127

[ii] "As of 02/02/2018, Radeon FreeSync™ displays are less expensive than comparable G-Sync displays.

1080p: Radeon FreeSync™ – Viewsonic VX2257, $119 on Amazon

GSync – Acer Predator XB241H. $339 on Amazon

1440p:

Radeon FreeSync™  - G-STORY 27, $379 on Amazon

GSync - Dell Gaming S2417DG, $399 on Amazon

1440p Ultra-wide:

Radeon FreeSync™  – ASUS ROG Strix XG35, $799 on Amazon

GSync – ASUS ROG Swift PG34, $1200 on Amazon

4K:

Radeon FreeSync™  – LG 27UD58, $350 on Amazon

GSync - AGON AG271UG, $560 on Amazon

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[iii] FreeSync 2 does not require HDR capable monitors; driver can set monitor in native mode when FreeSync 2 supported HDR content is detected. Otherwise, HDR content requires that the system be configured with a fully HDR-ready content chain, including: graphics card, graphics driver and application. Video content must be graded in HDR and viewed with an HDR-ready player. Windowed mode content requires operating system support. GD-105

[iv] HDR content requires that the system be configured with a fully HDR-ready content chain, including: graphics card, monitor/TV, graphics driver and application. Video content must be graded in HDR and viewed with an HDR-ready player. Windowed mode content requires operating system support. GD-96

[v] To enable variable refresh on Xbox One family consoles, a compatible display with FreeSync™ over HDMI and a bottom variable refresh rate below 60Hz is required. GD-129

REDESIGNED. REFINED. SUPERCHARGED.

 

The recent formation of the Radeon Technologies Group (RTG) represents AMD’s commitment to graphics leadership. RTG’s mandate is to drive relentless innovation in pushing graphics technology to new paradigms of performance and immersive experiences. RTG is focused on harnessing our graphics talent across the company to establish initiatives for leadership in emerging immersive computing opportunities, and it all starts with software.

 

For more than a decade, AMD Catalyst™ graphics drivers and software have been boosting visual performance, adding new features and capabilities, and enhancing the reliability of your AMD-based PC —at no additional charge.

 

AMD Catalyst™ Omega, a special edition driver delivered double-digit performance increases and was packed with more than 20 new features, improvements, and fixes based on user feedback. Millions downloaded the AMD Catalyst™ Omega driver, and customer satisfaction surged by almost 20% — one of the most successful AMD Catalyst driver releases in history.

 

We are putting great focus on software. We have been delivering graphics drivers for the past 20+ years, and during this time the graphics driver evolved way beyond the graphics device driver.  Now we have user interfaces, libraries, tools, applications, packaged as what we call drivers. These so-called drivers have evolved into a “mini graphics Operating System”. With the formation of Radeon Technologies Group, we have decided to call this mini graphics Operating System “Radeon Software”. For the last 12 months, our software engineers have been hard at work on many exciting features and innovations.

 

This year’s software release marks a new era for AMD. That's why we decided to give it a new name.

 

On November 2, we announced Radeon Software Crimson Edition to the world. Redesigned. Refined. Supercharged. We've been humbled by the end user interest and response.

 

Introducing Radeon Software Crimson Edition.

 

Radeon Software Crimson Edition is AMD’s revolutionary new graphics software that delivers redesigned functionality, supercharged graphics performance, remarkable new features, and innovation that redefines the overall user experience.

 

Radeon Settings. The art of simplicity. Powerful new user interface

 

The new streamlined user interface has been named Radeon Settings. Engineered to bring out the best of AMD graphics hardware, user-friendly and feature-rich Radeon Settings is lightning fast, looks sharp, works smoothly, and delivers intuitive functionality. Radeon Settings has been built ground up in Qt (Qt is a software development framework with modular cross-platform libraries and tools) resulting in 10x faster start up1, and 3X Faster6 initialization of the display than with the AMD Catalyst™ driver. It also has new and more intuitive navigation, a new game manager, new overdrive, and new video, display and AMD Eyefinity technology sections.

 

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Remarkable Features. Full blown experience:

Radeon Software Crimson Edition ventures far beyond the realm of a traditional graphics driver software and showcases the latest AMD technologies and advances:

  • We're entering an age of immersive computing where we'll be surrounded by billions of brilliant pixels that enhance our daily lives. AMD LiquidVR™ technology is our initiative dedicated to making VR as comfortable and realistic as possible by helping reduce the motion-to-photon latency, thereby creating and maintaining what’s known as “presence”
    1. Asynchronous Shaders break complex serial workloads into many parallel tasks, resulting in more parallelism, lower latency and more responsive VR. This feature is currently not available on competitive graphics products
  • Shader Cache to help improve game load speed and less stutter
  • AMD FreeSync™ Technology enhancements
    1. Support for AMD Crossfire™ in DirectX® 9 games
    2. Low framerate compensation
    3. Working with monitor vendors to enable AMD FreeSync™ technology through HDMI®
  • Custom Resolution support for Displays
  • Up to 56% more screen real estate with Windows® 10 through Virtual support resolution (Requires Windows® 10 with 150+ DPI capable monitor) 
  • Frame Pacing 3.0 for smooth game play
  • Frame Rate Target Control Support for DirectX® 9
    1. Support for DirectX 9, DirectX® 10 and DirectX® 11
    2. More control over the range of frame rate target, allowing from 30 – 200 FPS
  • Directional Scaling helps improve smoothness of edges when displaying 1080p video on 4k displays
  • Improved Video Features for 6th generation AMD A-Series APUs

 

Powerful Performance. Game changing efficiency.

We know how important the software experience is to gamers, game developers, and for everyone who use our products every day. Today’s gamers are more sophisticated than ever, requiring more than just raw frames per second. They want the best of the both worlds: better performance and improved power efficiency.

 

Radeon Software Crimson Edition showcases the latest AMD technologies and advances:

  • up to 33% faster4 game load times in Star Wars™ Battlefront
  • up to 20% more gaming performance in Fable Legends 2
  • improved cursor and keyboard responsiveness
  • up to 1.8x GPU power5 savings with Frame Rate Target Control
  • Increased power savings of up to 23%3

 

Seamless Stability. Effortlessly.

Technology is at its best when it’s invisible, undetectable and unnoticeable. In one word, seamless. We at AMD work very hard to constantly improve the user experience so that PC users can enjoy playing games, watching videos and being productive. Compared to AMD Catalyst Omega driver, we had

 

  • 2x more Automated Test Cases
  • 25% more Manual Test Cases
  • 15% more Various System Configurations

 

Last year AMD asked PC communities to share their feedback on what driver fixes were important to them. This year with Radeon Software Crimson Edition, we did it again! Using this feedback we created a top-10 list of fixes for the community. We had a dedicated team working on reproducing, debugging and fixing these issues.

 

Enabling the incredible. Empowering the developers.

 

Consumers experience what developers imagine. Turning the developer’s vision into reality is one of our greatest priorities, and with the Radeon Software Crimson Edition software we are delivering a number of tools to help developers code, analyze, and debug the next great applications such as OpenCL™ 2.0 optional features and AMD CODEXL 1.9.

 

So that’s Radeon Software Crimson Edition in a nutshell. Our goal is to deliver amazing experiences relying on performance-driven designs and user-oriented functionality that is lightning-fast, looks sharp and works smoothly.  For the last 12 months, our software engineers have been hard at work on many exciting features and innovations. We invite everyone to download the new Radeon Software Crimson Edition and experience the benefits, and see for themselves what difference a year makes.

 

Download Radeon Software Crimson Edition.

 

Sasa Marinkovic is Head of Software Marketing for AMD. Links to third party sites are provided for convenience and unless explicitly stated, AMD is not responsible for the contents of such linked sites and no endorsement is implied.

 

OpenCL is a trademark of Apple Inc. used by permission by Khronos.

 

 

  1. Testing conducted by AMD Performance Labs on October 26, 2015 using a HP Pavilion DM1 with AMD E-350 with AMD Radeon HD 6310 Graphics, 3GB (1GB+2GB) DDR3, Windows 10 64bit.  With AMD Catalyst 15.8, the system took 8 seconds on average to load the control panel (AMD Catalyst Control Center). With Radeon Software Crimson Edition, the system took 0.6 seconds on average to load the control panel (Radeon Settings). RS-1
  2. AMD Internal Lab testing as of Oct 22, 2015 with an Intel Core i7 5960X with 2x8GB DDR4-2666 MHz memory, Gigabyte X99-UD4PC, AMD Radeon™ R9 Fury X, Windows 10 64bit.  PC manufacturers may vary configurations yielding different results. Fable Legends @ 1080p scored 63.99 fps with AMD Catalyst™ 15.7.1 Driver and 76.88 fps with Radeon Software Crimson Edition. RS-2
  3. AMD Internal Lab testing as of Oct 23, 2015 with an Intel Core i7 5960X with 2x8GB DDR4-2666 MHz memory, Gigabyte X99-UD4PC, AMD Radeon™ R9 Fury X, Windows 10 64bit.  PC manufacturers may vary configurations yielding different results. Frame Rate Target Control (FRTC) enables users to set a target maximum frame rate when playing an application in full screen mode, thereby reducing GPU power consumption, heat generation and fan speeds/noise. FRTC caps performance not only in 3D rendered in-game scenes, but also in splash screens, loading screens and menus. See http://www.amd.com/en-us/innovations/software-technologies/technologies-gaming/frtc for full details on FRTC.  Star Wars: The Force Awakens full screen trailer run in Windows 10 @ 1080p consumed 123W with AMD Catalyst 15.7.1 Driver and 102W with Radeon Software Crimson Edition for power savings of 21%. Bioshock Infinite benchmark at 4K Ultra consumed 262W with FRTC=60 with Radeon Software Crimson Edition and 322W with AMD Catalyst™ 15.7.1 Driver for power savings of 23%. RS-3
  4. AMD Internal Lab testing as of Nov 2, 2015 with an Intel Core i7 5960X with 2x8GB DDR4-2666 MHz memory, Gigabyte X99-UD4, AMD Radeon™ R9 380, Windows 10 64bit.  PC manufacturers may vary configurations yielding different results. Star Wars Battlefront took an average of 16.9 seconds to load the Endor Survival level with AMD Catalyst 15.7.1 Driver and 11.2 seconds with Radeon Software Crimson Edition. RS-6
  5. AMD Internal Lab testing as of Nov 2, 2015 with an Intel Core i7 5960X with 2x8GB DDR4-2666 MHz memory, Gigabyte X99-UD4, AMD Radeon™ R9 380, Windows 10 64bit.  PC manufacturers may vary configurations yielding different results. Frame Rate Target Control (FRTC) enables users to set a target maximum frame rate when playing an application in full screen mode, thereby reducing GPU power consumption, heat generation and fan speeds/noise. FRTC caps performance not only in 3D rendered in-game scenes, but also in splash screens, loading screens and menus. See http://www.amd.com/en-us/innovations/software-technologies/technologies-gaming/frtc for full details on FRTC.  Rocket League at 1080p Max quality consumed 180W using AMD Catalyst 15.7.1 Driver, 175W with Radeon Software Crimson Edition, and 61W when using FRTC=55fps in Radeon Software Crimson Edition. RS-7
  6. AMD Internal Lab testing as of Nov 2, 2015 with an AMD Phenom X4 1090T with 2x4GB DDR3-1066 MHz memory, AMD Radeon™ R9 280X, Windows 8.1 64bit.  PC manufacturers may vary configurations yielding different results. Display monitors took 11 seconds to initialize with AMD Catalyst 15.7.1 Driver and 3 seconds with Radeon Software Crimson Edition. RS-8

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Star Wars™ Battlefront™ is arguably the most anticipated game of the year, and personally I can’t wait to shoot some Rebel scum on Hoth. I was one of the lucky people who got to see the first PC gameplay a few weeks ago, and I can’t remember a time when I was more excited about a game launch than I am now for Star Wars Battlefront.

 

If you thought you have to wait until November to play the game, guess again!

 

AMD is bringing the first-ever hands-on with Star Wars Battlefront on PC to gamers at this year’s Comic-Con International in San Diego. A few days from now, in a 1,000 square foot demo area at Nerd HQ, powered by AMD graphics, fans can immerse themselves in their Star Wars battle fantasies by going hands-on with Walker Assault. Fans will be able to fight in epic 40-player battles in Walker Assault, where Rebels must destroy the Empire’s onslaught of AT-AT’s by calling in Y-Wing bombers. Imperials will need to protect their Walkers while utilizing their mighty weaponry to crush the Rebel objective, all while experiencing stunning, photorealistic visuals as only a PC powered by AMD graphics can provide.

 

If you saw our livecast where we launched our new AMD Radeon™ R9 and R7 300 series products, Sigurlina Ingvarsdottir, Senior Producer at DICE on Star Wars Battlefront, came on stage with us and showed the world the very first footage taken from the PC version of the game, and talked about what an incredible journey it’s been for the team at DICE working to bring the Star Wars universe to life. In her own words: “Star Wars Battlefront immerses players in an iconic interstellar landscape. In order to do justice to such a complex, stylistic universe and replicate the source materials as closely as possible, we had to enhance our in-house Frostbite engine to fully articulate our vision. AMD helped optimize that engine for the PC, bringing the galaxy far, far away to life in even more detail with support for a range of technologies that make it the best possible experience on PC.”

 

 

Of course Sigurlina announced a few weeks ago that Star Wars Battlefront on PC will support 4K resolution gaming When you factor in all of the goodness AMD Gaming Evolved will bring to the title – like native support for AMD Eyefinity multi-monitor technology*, Virtual Super Resolution for better image quality1, AMD FreeSync™ technology for stutter- and tear-free gaming2, and AMD CrossFire™ multi-GPU technology* – the game experience is going to be crazy good. And that’s just the stuff we can talk about right now!

 

So there you have it – if you want to get your hands-on experience with the game, stay tuned at https://twitter.com/EAStarWars. For gamers interested in early DLC access, pre-order the title at http://starwars.ea.com/starwars/battlefront/buy. Star Wars™ Battlefront™ will be available for purchase on November 17, 2015 through EA Origin™.

 

 

Antal Tungler is a PR Manager for AMD. Links to third party sites are provided for convenience and unless explicitly stated, AMD is not responsible for the contents of such linked sites and no endorsement is implied.

 

 

 

  1. AMD’s Virtual Super Resolution (VSR) feature is offered by the AMD Radeon™ R9 Fury X, R9 390 series, R9 380, R7 370, R7 360, AMD Radeon™ R9 290 series and R9 285 graphics cards and is designed to automatically re-render games at higher resolutions and dynamically rescale them for HD displays at higher quality and visual details. Check with your system manufacturer for specific capabilities. GRT-8
  2. AMD FreeSync™ technology is designed to eliminate stuttering and/or tearing in games and videos by locking a display’s refresh rate to the framerate of the graphics card. Check with your component or system manufacturer for specific capabilities. AMD FreeSync™ technology compatible monitor, AMD Radeon™ Graphics and/or AMD A-series APU compliant with DisplayPort™ Adaptive-Sync required. AMD Catalyst™ 15.2 Beta (or newer) required. Adaptive refresh rates vary by display; check with your monitor manufacturer for specific capabilities. A list of supported hardware and compatible monitors is available at www.amd.com/freesync

*Learn more at www.amd.com/featuredetails