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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31-07-2014, 11:05:57

WYP
AMD have release an FAQ on their upcoming FreeSync technology, which reveals some startling information on it.

http://www.overclock3d.net/gfx/artic...104422889l.jpg

Read more on AMD's FreeSync FAQ hereQuote

31-07-2014, 11:12:34

RadeonHDx
Was initially exited but the inevitable happened... No support for older generation cards . Still can't wait to see what comes of this in the future though .Quote

31-07-2014, 11:14:49

DiyEyal
So as of right now there's no mid range freesync GPU.. That's the category that needs it the most..Quote

31-07-2014, 11:22:36

XANADV
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Originally Posted by RadeonHDx View Post
Was initially exited but the inevitable happened... No support for older generation cards . Still can't wait to see what comes of this in the future though .
This is one advantage that G-Sync has (supports GTX 6XX series) at this time in addition to being available for purchase now.

Too bad we won't know which solution will work better than the other until we see them both side by side. So for now I will hold judgement and settle for G-Sync until then.Quote

31-07-2014, 11:23:07

NeverBackDown
Now i know what you were working on!Quote

31-07-2014, 11:33:27

WYP
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Originally Posted by NeverBackDown View Post
Now i know what you were working on!
Nope not even close. Quote

31-07-2014, 11:33:37

CalVic
A bit of dissapointment that the 280x won't be supported. I guess this is due to the board being based upon the 7970.Quote

31-07-2014, 11:37:34

NeverBackDown
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Originally Posted by CalVic View Post
A bit of dissapointment that the 280x won't be supported. I guess this is due to the board being based upon the 7970.
No it is because it uses the same display controllers as the 7970. If they updated that alone on those cards it would work with it.Quote

31-07-2014, 12:41:36

Reddice
I found it kinda amusing when he said no special hardware required.....as long as your monitor supports "DisplayPort Adaptive-Sync". Also upon closer inspection one needs a specific GPU that supports it, but other than that no special hardware required tíhí.Quote

31-07-2014, 13:16:46

NeverBackDown
Quote:
Originally Posted by Reddice View Post
I found it kinda amusing when he said no special hardware required.....as long as your monitor supports "DisplayPort Adaptive-Sync". Also upon closer inspection one needs a specific GPU that supports it, but other than that no special hardware required tíhí.
He was silenty referring to G-Snyc with the special hardware.Quote

31-07-2014, 13:20:29

Reddice
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Originally Posted by NeverBackDown View Post
He was silenty referring to G-Snyc with the special hardware.

Yeah i noticed that but still kinda funny Quote

31-07-2014, 13:32:13

Dicehunter
So by the looks of it this is only compatible with AMD GPU's then or have I read it wrong ?Quote

31-07-2014, 13:48:57

NeverBackDown
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Originally Posted by Dicehunter View Post
So by the looks of it this is only compatible with AMD GPU's then or have I read it wrong ?
As of now yeah. Nvidia could adopt it but they won't.Quote

31-07-2014, 16:15:42

Pendragon
It's going to be one of those things... You know when the stars aline and the wind is in the east. You are going to need the right graphics card, the right monitor and the right game. For what? smoother game play? I have never cared about tearing, it happens it happens. I much prefer very high frame rates. Stutters, yea they me off but I couldn't give a monkeys about tearing.Quote

31-07-2014, 16:20:31

MadShadow
So much for FreeSync. Its gonna be more like AMDSync, since Nvidia would be mad to adopt something like this, especially now what they have their own competing technology, GSync.Quote

31-07-2014, 16:33:49

semitope
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Originally Posted by RadeonHDx View Post
Was initially exited but the inevitable happened... No support for older generation cards . Still can't wait to see what comes of this in the future though .
there is SOME support for older cards. Just not gaming support. There is actually more suport that I expected. I expected only the gaming bit

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Originally Posted by MaddenShadow View Post
So much for FreeSync. Its gonna be more like AMDSync, since Nvidia would be mad to adopt something like this, especially now what they have their own competing technology, GSync.

intel will support it or already does. Nvidia will just be the odd one out and lose out on customers when it gathers pace. AMd can only comment on their GPU and stuff I think. I don't think they can make definitive statements about the other guys. It's an open spec though so anybody can support itQuote

31-07-2014, 16:46:11

NeverBackDown
Quote:
Originally Posted by Pendragon View Post
It's going to be one of those things... You know when the stars aline and the wind is in the east. You are going to need the right graphics card, the right monitor and the right game. For what? smoother game play? I have never cared about tearing, it happens it happens. I much prefer very high frame rates. Stutters, yea they me off but I couldn't give a monkeys about tearing.
Games don't really need to support it. Its not run through game, its run through the GPUs display controller and monitor. The driver will handle the output of frames, not the games.Quote

31-07-2014, 17:39:25

RadeonHDx
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Originally Posted by MaddenShadow View Post
So much for FreeSync. Its gonna be more like AMDSync, since Nvidia would be mad to adopt something like this, especially now what they have their own competing technology, GSync.
It's not even AMDsync, that would suggest that there is widespread support for ALL features, its not even all of the new cards that get the adaptive frame pacing which was what I think alot of people were anticipating for their 280x's or 270x's.Quote

31-07-2014, 18:03:04

Silver Sparrow
Quote:
Originally Posted by MaddenShadow View Post
So much for FreeSync. Its gonna be more like AMDSync, since Nvidia would be mad to adopt something like this, especially now what they have their own competing technology, GSync.
Freesync is AMD's software solution (on AMD hardware) for VRR using Adaptive-Sync technology within the VESA DP 1.2a standard. Freesync != Adaptive Sync. All nVidia have to do to support this is to create a driver using DP 1.2a VESA spec that has been already approved for future DP ports which in turn will be on their hardware/devices. IMO it's just their ego and/or pride in G-SYNC hardware stopping them. But then again should nvidia's consumer base bitch about G-SYNC (currently can't support nvidia surround) maybe they might.

But till Adaptive-Sync based VRR technology has been publicly tested it's all up in the air. However, imo, nVidia would be mad to turn a blind eye to adpative sync based VRR technology for their hardware. No one can predict the future Quote

31-07-2014, 19:29:44

Wraith
Adaptive-Sync, G-Sync, V-Sync and FreeSync all we need now is N-Sync and we can get the band back together. Quote

31-07-2014, 19:54:46

Excalabur50
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Originally Posted by wraithguard View Post
adaptive-sync, g-sync, v-sync and freesync all we need now is n-sync and we can get the band back together.
roflmaoQuote

31-07-2014, 20:16:38

THC Butterz
Looks Like AMD it Trying to compete with G-sync and are suffering because of patent restrictions or somethingQuote

31-07-2014, 21:28:06

Wraith
Quote:
Originally Posted by THC Butterz View Post
Looks Like AMD it Trying to compete with G-sync and are suffering because of patent restrictions or something
Very little point in either competing for any Sync tech, seeing as it going to become the Display port standard anyway.Quote

31-07-2014, 22:08:17

NeverBackDown
Quote:
Originally Posted by Wraithguard View Post
Very little point in either competing for any Sync tech, seeing as it going to become the Display port standard anyway.
Well AMD are sort of the reason its becoming the standard. They kept pushing them to do it and took it as a marketing product to say we support it and etc.Quote

31-07-2014, 23:18:42

Kushiro
Now if only TVs could come with Display ports Quote

01-08-2014, 03:59:38

barnsley
Atleast its not closed off. Nvidia should just play along and support it as well. Tbh they could use it in their cheaper cards thus marketing G-sync as a 'high end' product. Then we'd end up in massive discussions about what is better but hey, I like choice.Quote

01-08-2014, 04:26:35

MadShadow
Jesus, so many people are gonna get confused when they have to choose between 17 different Syncs... :PQuote

01-08-2014, 05:12:27

Master&Puppet
The quicker it gets adopted and used by both monitor manufacturers and both Nvidia and AMD the better for us!Quote

01-08-2014, 19:22:54

stampedeadam
I bet Nvidia are ed that they can't call their system N-Sync.Quote
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