AMD Introduces FreeSync Premium Tier, Rebrands FreeSync 2 HDR to Premium Pro

Jan 8
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At CES 2020, AMD announced an overhaul of its FreeSync program, which now includes over a thousand monitors and over 50 televisions. A brand new tier called FreeSync Premium is being introduced to guarantee two key aspects of the 'high-performance gaming experience': 120Hz refresh rate at a minimum of 1080p resolution and the low frame rate compensation (LFC) feature, which ensures that even when the frame rate drops below the minimum refresh rate supported by the display the gameplay experience remains smooth (by displaying the frames multiple times).

According to AMD, there are already over 300 monitors certified for this tier, thanks to the ramp-up in production that happened from 2018 onward as exemplified in the graph below.

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FreeSync Premium Pro, on the other hand, is really a rebranding of the previous FreeSync 2 HDR tier. Interestingly, the updated FAQ provides some additional insight on how High Dynamic Range (HDR) content is displayed in this tier.

The implementation of HDR in FreeSync Premium Pro differs from a conventional HDR pipeline. In the case of FreeSync Premium Pro, the display passes specifications and data straight to the PC. This allows games to directly tone map to the display, skipping bulky intermediate steps and helping reduce input latency. Furthermore, the baseline HDR requirements are greater than HDR 400 to provide at least twice the perceived color volume as SDR.

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FreeSync Premium Pro

Previously known as FreeSync 2 HDR

  • Tear-free
  • Low flicker
  • Low latency
  • At least 120 Hz at min FHD resolution
  • Low framerate compensation
  • Tear-free
  • Low flicker
  • Low latency
  • HDR capabilities and game support
  • At least 120 Hz at min FHD resolution
  • Low framerate compensation
  • Tear-free
  • Low flicker
  • Low latency in SDR and HDR

Below you can watch a recent video where AMD provided a glimpse into the certification process for FreeSync displays.

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