Did I Stutter? Looking Back on the First 18 Months of AMD’s FreeSync™ Technology

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AMD has reached a major milestone, announcing the 101st FreeSyncTM-compatible monitor and Lenovo’s first free-standing FreeSync display, the Y27F Curved gaming monitor.


From the very beginning, we’ve taken an open standards approach to FreeSync. The technology is free to license, free to use and free to implement for the manufacturer. Open Standards has been a boon for consumers, driving greater diversity and innovation from partners which means more choice for users. FreeSync has let gamers experience completely fluid gameplay and artifact-free performance at virtually any framerate and a variety of price points.

Less than 18 months since the launch of FreeSync, we’re eclipsing the competition in terms of display partners and announced SKUs, proving FreeSync is the display industry’s #1 choice for adaptive refresh rates. Sufficed to say, the ecosystem agrees: open standards is the path forward.

Low Framerate Compensation (LFC)

LFC has been a critical component in improving FreeSync technology and has led to buttery smooth gameplay when framerate drops below the minimum refresh supported by AMD FreeSync technology-enabled displays.


*Note: Diagram for illustrative purposes only; based on expected results on Asus MG279Q with AMD FreeSync™ technology.


LFC uses an adaptive algorithm that automatically adjusts GPU output and refresh rate to prevent juddering, stuttering and tearing from sudden drops in framerate. RadeonTM graphic cards keep pace, whether that means maxing out refresh rates or taking it slow.
FreeSync over HDMI™

This year, we also announced the availability of FreeSync over HDMI, enabling the adaptive refresh rate technology on notebooks equipped with both AMD processor and graphics,  and making the technology available at even wider selection of affordable mainstream price points. Just six months out, FreeSync over HDMI is already available over 40 displays.

As new resolutions are released, gamers expect more and more in terms of higher image quality and performance, and the FreeSync eco-system has responded in turn. When customers demanded ultrawide IPS with FreeSync, the eco-system delivered. When they demanded low-cost 1080p with 144Hz, the eco-system delivered. The same can be said for 1440p IPS and 4K: The FreeSync ecosystem responded with a range of new displays and Radeon Software improvements.

This wealth of choice is a rising tide that benefits all gamers. We look forward to AMD FreeSync continuing to meet and exceed your expectations throughout the next 18 months and beyond.

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