AMD release FreeSync FAQ

A Startling discovery

AMD release FreeSync FAQ  

AMD release FreeSync FAQ

AMD have released an FAQ on their upcoming FreeSync, their Dynamic refresh rate hardware/software technology, this should settle everyone's questions regarding this tech.

In affect Dynamic refresh rates have two main purposes, to save power by only forcing the monitor to refresh only when a new frame is available and to increase animation smoothness by synchronizing to draw rates with a monitors refresh rate. Mobile devices prefer the former, in order to save power, while us PC gamers prefer latter for a more enjoyable gaming experience.

Check out the full FAQ on AMD's website. 




A Startling discovery

The features of AMD FreeSync will only be available on certain AMD GPUs, while all AMD Radeo graphics cards in the AMD HD 7000, HD 8000, R7 or R9 Series will support Project FreeSync for video playback and power-saving purposes, not all these cards can be used for Variable refresh rates while gaming.

Only GCN 1.1 GPUs and newer will be able to use adaptive framerates while gaming, this includes the AMD Radeon™ R9 295X2, 290X, R9 290, R7 260X and R7 260 GPUs. This is due to these GPUs using an updated display controller that will support dynamic refresh rates during gaming scenarios.

AMD APUs codenamed "Kaveri," "Kabini," "Temash," "Beema" and "Mullins" also feature the necessary hardware capabilities to enable dynamic refresh rates for video playback, gaming and power-saving purposes.

Secondly not all games will be compatible with the Freesync, here is a quote from the FAQ below; 


It is our current understanding that the software architecture of select games may not be compatible with dynamic refresh rate technology like Project FreeSync. In these instances, users will be able to toggle the activation of FreeSync in the AMD Catalyst™? driver.


What do you guys think of these two new pieces of information from AMD? Join the discussion about AMD's FreeSync FAQ on the OC3D forums.  



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