AMD demonstrates first screens with support for FreeSync




AMD has FreeSync technology, stuttering and tearing ring should prevent when playing games, demonstrated by individual PCs and external displays. The technology was shown only on laptops so far, but should eventually work on PCs.

FreeSync is AMD’s answer to Nvidia’s G-Sync technology and ensures that the video card determines when the screen shows a new frame. The refresh rate of the screen is so variable, which is good for gaming: because monitor and video card completely synchronously tearing can not occur. The repeating frames needed for v-sync and small stuttering can provide, than if it is well past time.

AMD has FreeSync based on existing technology that is already part of the eDP standard. EDP, or embedded DisplayPort is used by some modern laptops to communicate the GPU with the screen and therefore AMD demonstrated the technology to date with laptops. However, at Computex AMD showed a setup consisting of regular PCs and prototypes of external displays with FreeSync support. Who makes the monitors did not release the company.

AMD FreeSync

Recently VESA took the technology in the new DisplayPort 1.2a standard. The Adaptive Sync option, as it is called by VESA, is optional and manufacturers are not required to build. The That’s why AMD is working with companies that have the scaler chips deliver this monitor manufacturers; that is the hardware that the incoming image signal processing and buy monitor builders often externally. If the manufacturers of those chips on board, comes naturally to support displays correctly, says AMD.

Nvidia’s G-Sync technology is trying to achieve the same but uses a separate module manufacturers to build. Their screens This module, a PCB containing a fpga and what memory is currently still quite pricey; according to Asus, the G-Sync monitors is, is the extra cost compared to a normal display about $ 200. AMD stresses that FreeSync in this area is to the advantage: as long as a manufacturer himself completely to the DisplayPort 1.2a standard holds, and therefore supports Adaptive Sync, FreeSync actually free.

Asus says yet to give G Sync because there is too much uncertainty surrounding FreeSync is. Preferred So AMD’s technology would provide an as yet unknown amount of CPU overhead. AMD says FreeSync the cpu will not overload. The company expects the first monitor that supports FreeSync will be for sale. Before the end of the year


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