AMD To Release FreeSync Ready Driver on March 19th

Subject: Graphics Cards, Displays | March 5, 2015 - 11:46 AM |
Tagged: freesync, amd

Hey everyone, we just got a quick note from AMD with an update on the FreeSync technology rollout we have been expecting since CES in January (and honestly, even before that). Here is the specific quote:

AMD is very excited that monitors compatible with AMD FreeSync™ technology are now available in select regions in EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa). We know gamers are excited to bring home an incredibly smooth and tearing-free PC gaming experience powered by AMD Radeon™ GPUs and AMD A-Series APUs. We’re pleased to announce that a compatible AMD Catalyst™ graphics driver to enable AMD FreeSync™ technology for single-GPU configurations will be publicly available on AMD.com starting March 19, 2015. Support for AMD CrossFire™ configurations will be available the following month in April 2015.

A couple of interesting things: first, it appears that FreeSync monitors are already shipping in the EMEA regions and that is the cause for this news blast to the media. If you are buying a monitor with a FreeSync logo on it and can't use the technology, that is clearly a bit frustrating. You have just another two weeks to wait for the software to enabled your display's variable refresh rate.

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That also might be a clue as to when you can expect review embargoes and/or the release of FreeSync monitors in North America. The end is in sight!

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March 5, 2015 | 11:54 AM - Posted by H1tman_Actua1

Prepare for failure!

March 5, 2015 | 12:18 PM - Posted by LargeGeek

And why exactly is that?

March 5, 2015 | 01:01 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Because Nvidia fanboy...

Herp derp something something Gsync > Freesync

March 5, 2015 | 01:32 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

that is his "schtick", he is trying to be a comedian but he actually sucks at it

March 5, 2015 | 01:51 PM - Posted by AMDnonymous (not verified)

AMD - lame duck (copy&paste) company in the world!

March 5, 2015 | 02:32 PM - Posted by kenny1007

I hope it lives to the hype. We need something to go vs Gsync in order for prices to go down.

March 5, 2015 | 03:28 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Hey AMD how about changing the name since its not actually free.

March 5, 2015 | 04:03 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Same reason why they say their higher end CPU's are 8 cores when in fact they are not.

March 11, 2015 | 08:55 AM - Posted by CrM (not verified)

What AMD offering is free. Yeah, you're right, it requires a few bucks worth of extra cost for a new scaling chip, which will eventually level out as basically every new scaling chip would be capable of the function. By that logic you should not call a function like e.g. PCI-e 4.0 support free, since it requires a new motherboard. Yet you have to pay for the specialized hardware for GSync plus nVidia's fee always, even though all GSync monitors will eventually have the Adaptive Sync capable scaling chips as no other versions will be available.

March 5, 2015 | 06:30 PM - Posted by asd (not verified)

And we still don't have any legitimate performance/quality comparison between FS and GSync. Why is that?

Where are videos, i'm so confused. NV at least showed Gsync in action and explained how it works.

March 5, 2015 | 08:26 PM - Posted by Mandrake

This confuses me too. With G-Sync Nvidia was happy to have Ryan and others speak about how great it was by giving them prototype monitors to play around with.

At least, according to this article, we'll soon be finally able to get that comparison with G-Sync that we've all been waiting for.

March 5, 2015 | 07:06 PM - Posted by Bianchi4me (not verified)

Regardless of how irrationally devoted you are to Nvidia or Intel, the mere existance of AMD is creating better and cheaper products from those companies. Rooting for AMD to fail is rooting for zero competition in the P.C. marketplace, which is clearly an idiotic stance for someone who is into gaming to adopt. I lived through the days when Intel was "it" and remember when the CHEAPEST stripped down p.c. at Costco was $2400 in todays money (with a crippled CPU that Intel had deliberately disabled the math coprocessor on... in order to create product "tiers"). By all means, wish ill on AMD. Just be ready to pay three grand for an entry level gaming rig when Intel/Nvidia are free to charge whatever they want...

March 5, 2015 | 07:55 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

So free-sync was included in the DisplayPort 1.2a specification, why is AMD still using the freesync marketing moniker! They should be saying DisplayPort 1.2a and above AMD drivers for DisplayPort Adaptive-Sync monitors. Really when an industry standards group adopts, or includes, any companies technology/IP (included in DP 1.2a) that company's marketing needs to let go, and just adopt the standards organization's reference name(DisplayPort Adaptive-Sync).

VESA the standards body needs to be the one describing the technology, AMD's marketing is not helping things out in this regard. We all know that marketing always tries to appeal to the lowest common dominator, but this branding war is just causing more confusion. Just look at all the lowest common dominator, slackjawed fanbois fighting over the lowest common dominator appeal, that the marketing monkeys are trying to serve up, targeting the slackjaws.

The "Technology" press is parroting this marketing jingo, and further confusing the matter, by catering to the various marketing departments involved in the our team verses their team lowest common dominator marketing standard fare. But the so called technical press in little more than a third party marketing arm for hire, for any company with some product to push.

VESA should have put the kibosh on any branding, other than "DisplayPort Adaptive-Sync", Nvidia's "adaptive vsync"(Note the "v" in the vsync part of NVidia's branding, has since become G-sync. But the "adaptive vsync" still is use to a degree. The VESA standards organization needs to take control of the branding("DisplayPort Adaptive-Sync"), so that the entire market will not be confused.

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