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FreeSync: AMD’s Answer to G-Sync

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amd-logoI’ve been wanting this ever since NVIDIA announced G-Sync late last year. G-Sync works well but it requires NVIDIA’s GPU and a G-Sync enabled monitor. I am okay with having to own an NVIDIA GPU but a G-Sync enabled monitor? That could take some time and could be very costly to me.

AMD’s FreeSync will not require display modifications, they only need to support the VESA standard for variable VBLANK. And all AMD needs to do is enable FreeSync control in their Catalyst drivers and owners of their modern GPUs will be able to use FreeSync with compatible displays. (There’s also the added bonus of the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One consoles supporting this feature since they both sport AMD graphics.)

This all sounds fine and dandy but I have a few questions:

  1. Why did it require NVIDIA’s introduction of G-Sync for AMD to enable this feature?
  2. How many displays out there support the VESA variable VBLANK standard?
  3. Will it work as well as G-Sync?
  4. When will end users get access to this FreeSync feature?

This all sounds too good to be true. I’m optimistic but seeing how they hardly made any noise over this, I’m thinking it’s going to be quite some time before we see FreeSync in the hands of end users. I don’t even expect it to work as well as G-Sync. If it performs better than VSync but below G-Sync, I would be happy.

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