Move over G-Sync! FreeSync arrives on DisplayPort 1.2a

Subject: General Tech, Displays | May 12, 2014 - 12:29 PM |
Tagged: g-sync, freesync, displayport 1.2a, adaptive sync

AMD might have originally thought that dynamic refresh rates were not worth adding to their machines but they did develop FreeSync quite a while ago and now that G-Sync is available they've changed their minds.  Even better for the consumer is the way that they went about releasing it; not as proprietary hardware which is only compatible with certain monitors but as an update to the DisplayPort standard which does not require any extra hardware.  We do still have a while to wait before these monitors hit the shelves, the display scaler and control chips manufactures will have to incorporate the new standard into their designs but once they do they should be functional on both NVIDIA and AMD as long as you are connecting with DisplayPort.  Read more about the process on The Tech Report.

Also, you can read the official VESA press release.

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"PC gaming animation may soon become more fluid than ever, thanks to a development just announced by the folks at the VESA display standards organization. VESA has officially added a feature called Adaptive Sync to the DisplayPort 1.2a specification, which means that a G-Sync-style adaptive refresh mechanism could be built into nearly every new desktop monitor in the coming months and years."

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May 12, 2014 | 12:46 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

We shall see.. there are a lot of steps involved to actually get adoption.. In the meantime G-Sync works today

This isn't free and I'm sure the manufacturers will play it safe and let G-sync handle VR.

May 12, 2014 | 01:03 PM - Posted by amdBumLover (not verified)

"This isn't free and I'm sure the manufacturers will play it safe and let G-sync handle VR."
WTH are you on about?

May 12, 2014 | 01:28 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Sorry you don't understand the technology.

May 12, 2014 | 01:29 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

you know that there is no G-sync monitors right ? asus started 1 monitor then stoped.
manufacturers and nvidia understood that the tech is dead, but you still dont ?
there is no G-sync monitors produced today, just what's left from the last production and some left over 300$ g-sync kits

May 12, 2014 | 06:49 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

lol that's why the ROG Swift PG278Q is due out next month?

May 15, 2014 | 08:37 AM - Posted by botAI (not verified)

this is pretty much when all g-sync monitor are due to release

That guy is an ignorant idiot

May 12, 2014 | 12:55 PM - Posted by Silver Sparrow

Finally the wait is nearly over :)

May 12, 2014 | 01:01 PM - Posted by YTech

Interesting... Monitors are nice, but what about those gamers who play on 60" TVs in the living room? Any leaked info in those regards?

May 12, 2014 | 01:25 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

it's an option for the displayport 1.2a, if TV manufacturer wants to add it he can, although i dont see the need for it, since this tech is targeted to gamers mostly, that tend to play on 60-120hz, not 30hz...

May 12, 2014 | 01:40 PM - Posted by gamerk2 (not verified)

There are plenty of good TVs out there good enough for gaming. I use my Samsung C40C7000 as my primary gaming monitor, for instance.

And of course, in that market, Displayport is MIA. So FreeSync is dead via the markets ignoring its existence.

May 12, 2014 | 01:44 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

how much latency does your TV have ? doesnt games become blurry on movement, personaly i never tried hooking my pc to a TV, and i dont own a console, so other than watching the news, beh it's kind of useless to me.

May 12, 2014 | 04:41 PM - Posted by willmore (not verified)

Then you missed the far right part of the slide where it shows *video* content at various frame rates. That's *huge* for film, NTSC video, PAL video, etc. to be displayed without the nightmare that is pulldown.

So, this looks like a huge plus for TVs as well.

May 12, 2014 | 05:46 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Agreed. This tech is superb for any display from mobile, through TVs to desktop. Saves energy and allows frame perfect displays.

May 12, 2014 | 02:38 PM - Posted by JohnGR

GSync DOA.

But to be fair Nvidia's proprietary expensive fanboy milking board, was the reason for AMD to wake up and give us Freesync. Without GSync we wouldn't be talking about Adaptive Sync for our future monitors.

May 12, 2014 | 05:47 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Of course. Question is why Nvidia didn't do the right thing and went to VESA themselves. They would get a lot of credit and respect from community.

May 12, 2014 | 06:46 PM - Posted by Sonic4Spuds

I have a feeling it has to do with the price of the hardware they developed, though I think it would have been better if they had offered licensed implementations of that instead of requiring a separate board in the monitor.

May 13, 2014 | 12:06 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Free sync uses frame prediction G-Sync requires extra hardware to talk to GPU is syncs every single frame.

Free sync is not the same people need to take their ignorance heads out of there ass and realize this

May 15, 2014 | 07:30 AM - Posted by botAI (not verified)

also freesync is limited to only 60hz due to chip limitations and lacks motion blur mode.

Not even on the same level as G-sYNC

May 12, 2014 | 02:42 PM - Posted by Randal_46

Freesync will be very important for 60-120Hz 4k monitor display quality until GPUs can handle the increased draw load with high frame rates.

May 12, 2014 | 03:09 PM - Posted by Shambles (not verified)

Good on everyone involved in pushing this much needed advancement forward. One step closer to my UHD, IPS, 120/144hz, adaptive sync monitor (with light strobing...).

May 12, 2014 | 10:01 PM - Posted by willmore (not verified)

I like the fantasy land in which you live. Can I come join you?

May 12, 2014 | 03:36 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

I want one too, but mine has also 12 bit colors and like 1 ns response time ^^

May 12, 2014 | 05:42 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

more papers eh ?

please gently tap my shoulders when AMD + vendors actually deliver better alternatives, meaning not only (if at all) matching nv current tech (e.g: virtually no input lag / easy-to-use fine light strobe / 3D IQ & support) at a lower price point in a year from now, but surpassing whatever is available from nv at that point in time.

off to play my 144hz G-Sync / ULMB / 3DVision2 goodness :)

May 13, 2014 | 01:38 AM - Posted by abundantcores

I'm about due for a new screen :)

May 13, 2014 | 09:04 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

So are there any rough estimates about how long it will take manufacturers to switch to the new standard? I'm not well versed on Display Port version releases. I know the GPU manufacturers can just send out an update and their cards are good to go.

May 14, 2014 | 04:40 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Why is this called free sync you need to buy a new monitor and its proprietary to AMD.

May 15, 2014 | 04:19 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Shhhh, don't you know marketing is a funny thing. They get away with lying that its free, and no one throws up their arms. But when Nvidia does the same thing, its a total hissy fit. SMH.

May 15, 2014 | 07:17 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

From Chief Blur Buster

While a positive development, the VESA standard wont be full 120Hz+ for a long time. The Adaptive Sync standard will usually vary only up to 60Hz due to existing limitations in existing chips. It would take two to three years for this to become competitive with GSYNC. Take the word from the display engineers. The VESA standard was originally for battery savings but has been co-opted for dynamic synchronization of refreshes to frames, for elimination if stutter/tearing. But the existing chips only go up to 60Hz, and there is currently no driver support yet.

Even NVIDIA had to do a FPGA in order to pull this off, in full HD resolution at 120Hz.

Give it time, but GSYNC currently has a huge head

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