Keep your eyes peeled for FreeSync 2

Subject: Graphics Cards, Displays, Shows and Expos | January 6, 2017 - 03:19 PM |
Tagged: freesync 2, amd

So far we have yet to see a Freesync 2 capable monitor on the floor at CES but we do know about the technology.  We have seen Ryan's overview of what we know of the new technology and its benefits and recently The Tech Report also posted their thoughts on it.  For instance, did you know that there are 121 FreeSync displays from 20 display partners of various quality, compared to NVIDIA eight partners and 18 GSYNC displays.  The Tech Report are also on the hunt for a Freesync 2 display at CES, we will let you know once the hunt is successful.

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"AMD has pulled back the curtain on FreeSync 2, the new version of the FreeSync variable refresh rate technology."

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January 6, 2017 | 04:23 PM - Posted by CB (not verified)

I'm brand agnostic, but I have to AMD has won me over with their Freesync efforts.

G Sync was and is awesome, but the price has driven me away.

January 6, 2017 | 06:11 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

You complain that gsync is expensive but it's OK that you have to go out and buy another monitor when they couldn't even get Freesync right the first time

January 6, 2017 | 06:32 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

let me fix that for you. "but it's OK that you have to go out and buy another monitor when Gsync came out".

January 7, 2017 | 03:05 AM - Posted by Fubar (not verified)

Nothing wrong with freesync. Freesync 2 just adds more features.

January 6, 2017 | 04:34 PM - Posted by Bianchi4me (not verified)

With HDMI instituting support for open-standard variable refresh rate... the long term outlook for Gsync is definitely starting to look a little "betamax".

January 6, 2017 | 05:31 PM - Posted by JohnGR

I wonder what Intel is doing. They should have supported VESA's Adaptive Sync by now. It would have been a nice extra for their integrated GPUs, especially considering that those GPUs are not exactly GTX 1080 level.

As for those comparison numbers, they are given from AMD in their slides. Nothing strange here considering that Adaptive Sync doesn't need extra hardware and any extra price it is going into the pocket of the monitor's manufacturer, not in AMD's.

January 6, 2017 | 07:16 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Perhaps they haven't yet because too much work is required from the drivers to be compatible with amd's implementation of adaptive sync.

January 7, 2017 | 04:24 AM - Posted by JohnGR

It's a VESA standard (Adaptive Sync) and tomorrow will be an HDMI 2.1 standard (Game Mode VRR). I don't think this is something that Intel can not do. With or without AMD's help.

January 7, 2017 | 09:18 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Adaptive Sync is a standard, yes. Freesync is AMD's implementation of that standard.
Why do you think the Freesync monitors are labeled as Freesync and not Adaptive Sync anyway?
Obvious answer is that Freesync is more than Adaptive Sync.
If intel wants to support Freesync they have to follow AMD's implementation or things get messy.

HDMI 2.1 VRR lacks details but is hopefully stricter with how to implement it and has standardized solutions for what Freesync and G-Sync does at low frame rates and other things.

January 7, 2017 | 11:24 AM - Posted by JohnGR

AMD was very open with FreeSync. In fact FreeSync is nothing more than a different label. That's why any monitor that is having support for Adaptive Sync is automatically compatible with AMD cards. The reason manufacturers will prefer to send a monitor for typical testing to get the FreeSync label, is the type of consumers they are targeting. Those consumers know about FreeSync. The first ASUS monitor was mentioning Adaptive Sync support, not FreeSync. But it was compatible with AMD cards. In case you have doubts, consider this. If a monitor is offering Adaptive Sync support and it is NOT compatible with AMD cards, then with what GPU is it compatible? No other company supports adaptive sync. Intel can do Adaptive Sync and not even care about what AMD has to say. It is VESA standard.

AMD is already offering FreeSync over HDMI. That version of FreeSync is not so... free. But the implementation on the HDMI 2.1 will be. As with Mantle, AMD is keeping it proprietary until the open standard comes out.

January 6, 2017 | 05:47 PM - Posted by Plasma (not verified)

if only AMD had a countdown and a news release they could have told us something new. oh wait they did and told us nothing about vega or freesync 2. hype train to no where

January 6, 2017 | 06:09 PM - Posted by craig lancaster (not verified)

And Nvidia bored us with Shield. No news from Nvidia on ti model either. So AMD wisely didnt release anymore information. Enjoying this game of poker, AMD are after blood this time and I reckon they will do it this time.

January 6, 2017 | 07:19 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Amd revealed freesync 2 to counter g-sync hdr. They had preknowledge of what g-sync hdr was and announced their response without anything ready.

January 7, 2017 | 04:26 AM - Posted by JohnGR

You are probably right here. But you know how things will end up in a year from now. With 50 FreeSync 2 monitors, against 15 GSync HDR monitors.

January 7, 2017 | 09:20 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

I will look at what performs better. Not which solution carpetbombs the market.

January 7, 2017 | 11:29 AM - Posted by JohnGR

We are talking about monitors. So in the end the consumer buys what is friendlier to his eyes. And when you have 5 times more models in the market, at significantly lower prices, the consumer who has a specific budget will have to choose, between marginally better adaptive sync and better picture quality. Of course if he doesn't have a limit in his budget, he can go out and throw $1500 for the best GSync monitor.

January 7, 2017 | 01:43 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

They state in a Q&A session back in december from AMD tech days that freesync 2 requires some extra communication of feature support from the monitor to graphics card that they are still working out which is likely why you aren't seeing monitors announced for it yet. I would expect some launches later this year on that front.