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What is FreeSync™? An Explanation in Layman's Terms

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AMD’s dedication to gamers starts with first delivering innovative technologies to our channel partners.  With FreeSync1, partners can offer a smooth gaming experience to customers.  AMD’s fundamental philosophy is built around creating open-source technology that benefits the entire market.

FreeSync is AMD’s name for a complete three-part solution: a Freesync-compatible AMD Radeon™ graphics card, a Freesync-enabled AMD Catalyst™ graphics driver and a DisplayPort Adaptive-Sync-compatible display. These three pieces will work together to abolish tearing, eliminate stuttering and greatly reduce input latency. What does this all mean and what problem will FreeSync solve?  Here’s the answer in laymen’s terms.

Gamers want to maintain the highest possible FPS and currently, achieving high FPS means unwanted screen tearing. 

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         Tearing occurs because the monitor is being fed a new frame before it has finished drawing the last one; two (or more) frames are being displayed at once causing a break in the on-screen image. Vertical synchronization (V-sync) was created to fight tearing by allowing the monitor to set the pace. V-sync prevents the graphics card from doing anything visible to the display memory until after the monitor finishes the current refresh cycle.  But with V-sync, framerates are reduced, the mouse lags and stuttering diminishes gameplay quality. 

FreeSync combats both tearing and stuttering by utilizing the Radeon GPU to achieve a dynamic refresh rate (DRR).  It synchronizes the refresh rate of the monitor with the refresh rate of the Radeon GPU, 1:1.  Disabling V-sync in favor of FreeSync will eliminate large jumps in framerate, resulting in noticeably smoother gameplay.  FreeSync also reduces ‘input latency,’ the delay between mouse movement and cursor movement.

In addition to improved smoothness, image quality and responsiveness, FreeSync is an ‘open’ solution.  Unlike the competition, FreeSync offers a better gaming experience with no licensing fees, no proprietary hardware and open standards. See details on how FreeSync compares to the competition.

FreeSync will be available in Q1’15.  The cards: All AMD Radeon™ graphics cards in the AMD Radeon™ HD 7000, HD 8000, R7 or R9 Series will support Project FreeSync for video playback and power-saving purposes. The AMD Radeon™ R9 295X2, 290X, R9 290, R9 285, R7 260X and R7 260 GPUs additionally feature updated display controllers that will support dynamic refresh rates during gaming. All A-Series APUs based on the GCN Architecture also feature the necessary hardware capabilities to enable dynamic refresh rates for video playback, gaming and power-saving purposes. The driver: AMD’s latest Catalyst Omega driver will be available on in February.  The monitors: Approximately 11 FreeSync-enabled monitors will hit the market in February and March.  AMD will continue to announce the availability of these monitors via

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FreeSync is an AMD technology designed to reduce or eliminate screen tears in games and videos by allowing the monitor’s refresh rate to be controlled by and synchronized to the graphics card.  Requires DisplayPort 1.2a compliant monitors that support DisplayPort Adaptive-Sync and an enabled AMD Radeon™ R7 Series or R9 Series graphics card with forthcoming FreeSync-enabled driver.  Support for use with multiple monitors planned.  Confirm supported technologies with system manufacturer before purchase.

*Originally posted by in AMD Partners on Feb 3, 2015 2:57:00 PM

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