I Welcome the Adaptive-Sync Future

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amd-logoVESA announced the inclusion of the “Adaptive-Sync” feature in Display Port 1.2a specification today. What does this mean for us?

Adaptive-Sync provides smoother, tear-free images for gaming and judder-free video playback. It also significantly reduces power consumption for static desktop content and low frame rate video.

If this Adaptive-Sync specification and AMD’s Project FreeSync feature is comparable to the NVIDIA G-Sync¬†solution, then we are all winners. It will force NVIDIA to adapt its G-Sync feature to accommodate Adaptive-Sync and we shouldn’t see silly markups on monitors with NVIDIA exclusive features.

I wouldn’t want to be tied down to NVIDIA GPUs if I purchased a G-Sync capable monitor. What if their GPUs fall out of favor? People do not change monitors as often as video cards.

This standardized feature will¬†also enable a wider array of monitors to choose from. I don’t want some cheap TN “gamer” monitor. I want IPS, OLEDs and other display technologies to incorporate this game changing feature.

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.