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AMD's Future of Gaming: FreeSync, DirectX 12, LiquidVR, VR and more

By: Anthony Garreffa | Editorials in Video Cards | Posted: Mar 31, 2015 4:00 am

FreeSync - Gaming Deserves Better

 

Something that AMD was driving home in Sydney was FreeSync, its competitor to NVIDIA's G-Sync technology which has been with us for around a year now. AMD's FreeSync technology works very similarly to G-Sync, in that it removes that stutter between the refresh of frames that are rendered on your screen.

 

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FreeSync synchronizes the data between the GPU and your FreeSync enabled monitor, so that frames are displayed when they're ready. This removes tearing and stuttering, resulting in a much smoother gaming experience.

 

 

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Where there is a big difference between AMD's FreeSync and NVIDIA's G-Sync technologies is that AMD requires no proprietary hardware, no closed standards, and no licensing fees.

 

There are quite a few FreeSync-enabled monitors out so far, with the LG 34UM67 that we previewed not too long ago. The 34UM67 is a 34-inch IPS-based monitor with a native resolution of 2560x1080, with a 21:9 aspect ratio; it's a unique monitor with a decent $649 price.

 

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There are plenty of other FreeSync monitors on the market, and some of those are still coming. We have an ASUS ROG Swift competitor in the Acer XG270HU and BenQ XL2730Z, with both of these displays rocking the 2560x1440 native resolution and huge 144Hz refresh rate, both with FreeSync.

 

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When it comes to GPUs that support FreeSync, AMD is quite open with this as it is supported on most of its latest GPUs as well as a slew of its APUs, as you can see above.

 

 

FreeSync - V-Sync ON/OFF Matters For Gamers

 

Something that people don't quite get with this whole FreeSync/G-Sync argument is that having V-Sync on or off can be both beneficial, and detrimental to your gaming experience. Enabling FreeSync and keeping V-Sync enabled results in smooth gameplay, no tearing, but there is mouse latency that comes included with that.

 

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AMD opens this up with FreeSync, where you can disable V-Sync and you will still achieve smooth gameplay with the possibility of screen tearing, but it has much lower mouse latency for competitive or enthusiast gamers.

 

This is something that needs to be driven home, as competitive gamers can now have the option of a FreeSync-capable screen, but disabling V-Sync will give them that competitive edge. There's no need to compromise with FreeSync, which is something that's great to see. AMD is really on the side of gamers with its FreeSync technology.

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