AMD FreeSync Drivers Coming in March 19 – Monitors Already Available For Purchase

Mar 6, 2015

AMD just announced that Catalyst drivers with FreeSync support will officially debut on March 19. Project FreeSync is AMD’s effort to bring variable refresh rate monitors to market through industry standards and by working with established ASIC and monitor manufacturers. AMD proposed the Adaptive-Sync standard earlier in the year to the VESA body. Which has since been adopted and incorporated it into DisplayPort1.2a.

AMD FreeSync Catalyst Omega
Adaptive-Sync capable monitors featuring Nvidia’s G-Sync and AMD’s FreeSync technologies solve three distinct issues in games. The first issue is tearing, tearing occurs whenever your game’s frame rate is mismatched to the refresh rate of your monitor. Which is the result of your graphics card producing a variable frame rate. No matter how fast your gaming system is it will always produce a variable frame rate. This is because some frames i.e. images are very complex and would take longer than usual to process, while other frames are more simple and thus are processed much more quickly.

The second issue is somewhat related to the first, as stuttering can occur if your framerate dips below the refresh rate of your monitor when V-Sync is enabled. V-Sync works to match your game’s framerate to the refresh rate of the monitor by forcing each frame to wait for the next refresh cycle before it is drawn onto the screen. This is to prevent two frames from being drawn at once in a single refresh cycle which causes tearing.
The third issue is input-lag, which is the result of that “waiting” period that each frame has to go through before its drawn on the screen when V-Sync is enabled.
So before variable refresh rate monitors had existed, irrespective of whether they were G-Sync or FreeSync enabled. You had to choose between either tearing and stuttering or latency.

AMD FreeSync Drivers Coming in March 19


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 starting March 19, 2015. Support for AMD CrossFire™ configurations will be available the following month in April 2015.

FreeSync can support any range of refresh rates, for example 24Hz-144Hz, 24Hz-90Hz or even 24Hz-240Hz. And depending on the monitor maker they can opt for whatever range they want. So you can have all sorts of FreeSync monitors that span from the very high end 4K models to the 120Hz/144Hz “gaming” 1440p monitors and the more affordable 90Hz 1080p solutions. Which means that you will more easily find something that fits your needs and budget.

There are currently 11 different FreeSync monitors which are already available or will be available by the end of the month. Some of the ones which are already available right now in Europe include the BenQ XL2730Z, LG Flatron 34UM67 and Acer Predator XG277HU.

FreeSync Capable Monitors at CES 2015 - WCCFTech
Manufacturer Model Size Resolution Refresh Rate Panel Type
BenQ XL2730Z 27 Inch 2,560 × 1,440 144Hz TN
Acer XG277HU 27 Inch 2,560 x 1,440 144Hz TN
Nixeus NX-VUE24 24 Inch 1,920 × 1,080 144Hz TN
ViewSonic VX2701mh 27 Inch 1,920 × 1,080 144Hz TN
LG Electronics 29UM67 29 Inch 2,560 × 1,080 75Hz IPS
LG Electronics 34UM67 34 Inch 2,560 × 1,080 75Hz IPS
Samsung UE590 23.6 Inch 3,840 × 2,160 60Hz TN
Samsung UE590 28 Inch 3,840 × 2,160 60Hz TN
Samsung UE850 23.6 Inch 3,840 × 2,160 60Hz TN
Samsung UE850 28 Inch 3,840 × 2,160 60Hz TN
Samsung UE850 31.5 Inch 3,840 × 2,160 60Hz TN
Asus MG279Q 27 Inch 2560 x 1440 144Hz IPS