AMD Radeon FreeSync 2 HDR OASIS Demo Preview
Published: 27th February 2019 | Source: AMD Radeon Technologies Group | Price: |
Unfortunately, we were unable to test AMD's The Oasis demo with a FreeSync 2 monitor. As we mentioned before, AMD only contacted us yesterday regarding this tool, giving us no time to gain access to a proper FreeSync 2 display for testing purposes. However, we did have access to a FreeSync monitor and an HDR compatible TV; giving is the opportunity to have a play with AMD's FreeSync 2 HDR OASIS Demo.
We tried out the tool on our Radeon RX Vega 56 graphics card, which was easily able to max run the test at its maximum settings at 60+ FPS at 1440p. With FreeSync enabled on our Iiyama G-Master G82888UHSU display, which has a FreeSync range of 35-60Hz, we were clearly able to see the benefits of AMD's FreeSync technology, with judder and stuttering disappearing when the benchmark was within that FreeSync/VRR range.
Strangely, the tool would not allow us to select a framerate that was below 48FPS in our testing, despite the display's FreeSync range of 35-60Hz, though we could easily see the difference when turning FreeSync on and off when the tool was running at 48 FPS.
Moving to our HDR compliant TV, we could see that enabling HDR was able to add more detail to some of the tool's darker scenes, though we will note that our HDR-compatible screen is not a high-end model. Even so, there was a visible difference when HDR was enabled, which made certain details easier to spot. We hope to try AMD's "The Oasis" demo again when we next test a FreeSync 2 HDR compatible monitor.
Given our limited testing and time with AMD's Radeon FreeSync 2 HDR Oasis demo, we cannot call this a review. That said we have spent enough time with the tool to know how exactly how useful it will be when it comes to displaying the benefits of AMD FreeSync and FreeSync 2 HDR features, especially at retailers and at events such as Computex and CES.
The benefits of HDR and variable refresh rate technology is a difficult thing to explain outside of a visual medium; in many cases, the benefits of these technologies need to be seen to be believed. That said, most PC gamers will not be at events like CES and Computex, and many more won't even see this demo used at retailers. With the online-focus on today's components market, it is likely that most PC gamers will never see this demo in person. This is why we would like to see AMD/Radeon release this demo to the public.
When we asked AMD about this demo this morning, we were unable to get a concrete answer from the company. Right now we simply don't know if this demo will be accessible to real-world PC gamers, which is a shame, given how important word of mouth is in our industry.
A large part of the PC gaming experience is showcasing what you have achieved with your hardware, be it with benchmark scores after a heavy overclocking session, images in build logs, or running the latest games in front of your friends to showcase the power of your most recent hardware upgrade. A public release of Radeon's FreeSync 2 HDR Oasis demo will allow AMD users to champion their FreeSync enabled hardware, and better showcase the benefits of HDR technology to their peers, which we think is a factor that will ultimately be to AMD's advantage.
The engineers as Radeon have obviously worked hard to produce their Oasis demo, and we think it would be a shame for that effort to result in a tool that will only be available to a handful of AMD's partners and selected reviewers. Please AMD, make this demo public.
As a tool, AMD's Oasis demo gave us a quick and easy way to look at variable refresh rate/HDR technologies in action, which is rare to see inside a controlled environment. Yes, testing games is also a great way to see these features, as unlike gameplay demo due to they offer an extra level consistency repeatability, which is a must for side-by-side comparisons. Added options such as pause, rewind and fast forward options also add another layer to the tool, making tearing/stuttering more prominent with faster camera pans while pausing at specific scenes will allow users to showcase the benefits of HDR at optimal locations. Team Radeon has clearly put a lot of thought into this tool.
In the future, we plan to have some more HDR content at OC3D, but until then you can discuss AMD's Radeon FreeSync 2 HDR The Oasis Tech Demo on the OC3D Forums.