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 At AMD, many of us working on gaming technologies and products are gamers ourselves. We all want the lowest possible latency and fastest frame rate, but we also want the games to look stunning and realistic. This is why all Radeon™ RX graphics products support HDR rendering and why we created the FreeSync 2 program: we wanted to combine the best that AMD Radeon FreeSync™ technology1 has to offer—wide variable refresh rate range and low framerate compensation (LFC)–with the gorgeous pixel quality HDR rendering offers. It takes us one step closer to gaming pixel perfection.

 

Over the past two years, we’ve seen tremendous adoption of AMD Radeon FreeSync technology. 9 out of 10 gaming monitors with GPU adaptive sync technology are based on AMD Radeon FreeSync™ technology, according to GfK research from 51 countries excluding North America2. We’ve had growing interest from monitor vendors and developers to join the FreeSync 2 family3, and there are now eleven monitors available (and more in the pipeline!) which enable FreeSync 2 technology. We also recognized feedback from all of you that it wasn’t perfectly clear to you what FreeSync 2 stands for. We want this program to click immediately for you when you hear the name, and so we’re tweaking it slightly to AMD Radeon™ FreeSync 2 HDR Technology.

 

In addition, we’re planning a program where people browsing monitors in retail stores will have better visibility on FreeSync and FreeSync 2 HDR products – stay tuned for more on that.

 

Being an evangelist for HDR is tricky, just like VR or FreeSync. You can talk about it for hours, show simulated pictures and videos, but they aren’t quite as effective as sitting down in front of two monitors where you can see and experience the real difference. Once you see it, you believe it, and you won’t want to go back.

 

We’ve been working on a showpiece to show you that difference with and without FreeSync and between HDR and SDR.

 

The demo is built in Unreal Engine 4 and supports HDR10, as well as FreeSync 2 HDR transport protocols. We hope that once you experience the demo live at a store, you’ll be convinced to get on the AMD Radeon FreeSync 2 HDR Technology train and never look back.

 

 

If you want to learn more about FreeSync, also check out these videos:

 

Finally, to reflect the diverse ecosystem of AMD Radeon FreeSync Technology and AMD Radeon FreeSync 2 HDR Technology, we’ve re-vamped our FreeSync pages on AMD.com. Be sure to check out the new pages here.

 

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Let us know in the comments what other additional information about FreeSync you’d like to see as we evolve these pages over time.

 

Stella Lee is GTM Manager, Gaming Segment Marketing for AMD. His/her postings are his/her own opinions and may not represent AMD’s positions, strategies or opinions. 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.  GD-5

 

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1 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
2 AMD internal analysis based on research commissioned by AMD from GfK Market Insights, January 2019.
3 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

 

 

 

The Assassin’s Creed series returns in an ancient Greece setting this year, just after the Peloponnesian War—and it’s shaping up to be a fantastic addition to the franchise. Featuring more RPG elements than before, this iteration has you pausing between dialogue choices, customizing your skills through the skill tree, immersing in well-written side quests and delightfully, indulging in a bit of romance.

 

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Starting off with your initial protagonist choice between Alexios or Kassandra, you start building upon their sassy base personality immediately (I chose Kassandra, and simply put, she’s witty, badass and hilarious).

 

There are numerous RPG elements to discover as you dive further into the game, making Assassin’s Creed Odyssey the most unique and dynamic adventure in the series yet. By the time I left my home island sailing for adventure, I had plenty of choices to make: which side do I choose in this overarching war? Which mercenary do I hunt down before they get to me first? Do I kill the soldiers who attacked me or let them go?

 

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And then there are the choices you make that will have heavy repercussions later, even when you think you’ve made the morally correct choice. There is no right or wrong: you shape your own path in Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, and no doubt you’ll pause at several moments torn between one choice or another.

 

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If you want to get started with Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, the ancient Greece setting is breathtaking when you pair your Radeon™ RX graphics card with a FreeSync-capable monitor. We highly recommend you take advantage of Radeon FreeSync™, as this technology will make sure your frames are kept smooth and stutter-free during action-heavy scenes.

 

Here’s what Ubisoft recommends for PC specs targeting 30 FPS:

 

 

Minimum

Recommended

Recommended 4K

CPU

AMD FX 6300 @ 3.8 GHz

Ryzen 3 – 1200

AMD FX-8350 @ 4.0 GHz

Ryzen 5 - 1400

AMD Ryzen™ 1700X @ 3.8 GHz

GPU

AMD Radeon™ R9 285

AMD Radeon™ R9 290

AMD Radeon™ Vega 64

 

This setup offers a smooth experience while you venture through Assassin’s Creed Odyssey’s ancient Greek world, whether you’re hunting down mercenaries or sailing through the warring seas. The open-world sea combat, which returns to Assassin’s Creed Odyssey in full naval scale, feels awesome in this title—especially when FreeSync™’s stutter-free tech kicks in for your glorious ship Adrestia glide through the waters like cutting through butter.

 

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This is an Assassin’s Creed title you’ll be spending countless hours on, with so much to explore outside the main story.

 

Assassin’s Creed Odyssey is available now, or you can pick it up as part of our Raise the Game bundle; when you buy a Radeon™ RX Vega, RX 580 or RX 570 graphics card, you’ll also pick up the title for free (plus two other games, Strange Brigade and Star Control: Origins).

 

 

Before starting, make sure you download the latest AMD driver. You’ll have plenty of moments where you’re in awe of the beautiful ancient Greek scenery, so share your screenshots or clips with us using Radeon ReLive—and don’t forget to tag us on @AMDGaming/@Radeon on Twitter or @AMD on Instagram.

 

Annie Lee, Product & Content Marketing at AMD. Her postings are her own opinions and may not represent AMD’s positions, strategies, or opinions. Links to third party sites and references to third party trademarks are provided for convenience and illustrative purposes only. Unless explicitly stated, AMD is not responsible for the contents of such links, and no third party endorsement of AMD or any of its products is implied.

Today, we are introducing the newest member of the Radeon™ family: the AMD Radeon™ R9 380X GPU, conceived to play the most demanding games at high details at 1080p and 1440p, for gamers who demand the best.

 

If you want to be ready for the latest DirectX® 12 games[i], you’ll want to upgrade to this one. With a 256-bit interface and 4GB of high-performance GDDR5 memory, the AMD Radeon R9 380X GPU has the DNA for beyond 1080p gaming.

 

With the AMD Radeon™ R9 380X GPU, you’ll get the smooth gameplay you deserve, with no tears or stutters. Enabled with the AMD FreeSync™ technology, you’ll experience fluid, artifact-free performance at virtually any frame rate, which means unbelievably smooth, ultra-responsive gaming at peak performance.

 

Finally, you can step up to quality that rivals 4K – even on 1080p displays – with upscaling via Virtual Super Resolution (VSR)[ii] or prepare for enhanced gaming realism with AMD LiquidVR™ technology and help sustain an ultra-immersive VR presence.

 

Check out how the AMD Radeon R9 380X GPU stacks up against the competition in EA’s highly anticipated title, Star Wars™ Battlefront™[iii]:

 

 

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Last but not least, the AMD Radeon R9 380X GPU is also ready for Radeon Software Crimson Edition, the latest revolutionary software update from AMD, which means continued advancements in performance, remarkable new features, and seamless stability with future updates.

 

 

The SEP of the AMD Radeon™ R9 380X graphics card will start at $229 USD and overclocked versions will start at $239 USD[iv].

 

Today, on November 19th at 5 pm CT, the AMD Twitch stream will be playing Star Wars™ Battlefront™, powered by none other than the AMD Radeon R9 380X GPU, so you can see our latest graphics card in action!

 

As well, be sure to continue the discussion on the AMD Radeon R9 380X GPU on our Red Team Forum, @AMDRadeon on Twitter, or AMD Gaming on Facebook.

 

Evan Groenke is Senior Product Manager, Radeon Technology Group 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.

 

STAR WARS © & TM 2015 Lucasfilm Ltd.  All rights reserved. Underlying technology and game design © EA. All rights reserved.

 


[i] DirectX® 12 enablement requires an x86 processor and an AMD Radeon™ graphics chip based on the Graphics Core Next architecture. Windows® 10 Technical Preview 2 (or later) and AMD Catalyst™ driver 15.20 (or later) from Windows Update required. GRT-9

[ii] AMD’s Virtual Super Resolution (VSR) feature is offered by the AMD Radeon™ R9 Fury X, R9 390 Series, R9 380 Series, 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

[iii] AMD Internal Lab testing as of Oct 15, 2015 with an Intel Core i7 5960X with 2x8GB DDR4-2666 MHz memory, Windows 10 64bit, Gigabyte X99-UD4, AMD Catalyst Driver 15.8 for AMD products and 385.50 for NVIDA Boards. Board manufacturers may vary configurations yielding different results. Star Wars Battlefront Beta was tested at 2560x1440 with a High Preset enabled. AMD Radeon™ R9 380X scored 55 fps, AMD Radeon™ HD 7850 scored 33 fps, NVIDIA GTX 660 scored 28 fps, and NVIDIA GTX 960 scored 43 fps GRDT-86

[iv] As of 11/19/2015