AMD Answers FreeSync Questions in New FAQ

AMD has posted a new FAQ section on its website. Normally, we would consider that completely unremarkable. However, this section is about Project FreeSync, so it might actually be the first FAQ about it you ever read.

AMD's Project FreeSync is the company's effort to use DisplayPort Adaptive-Sync, which is now an industry standard, to deliver dynamic refresh rates. The idea behind it is to compete with G-Sync, except AMD intends for the standard to be present on all graphics cards, including Nvidia's. Whether that will happen remains unknown, but it is what AMD wants, and it is certainly what would be best for us as consumers.

One of the problems with Project FreeSync, though, is that it has been difficult to get exact answers on a number of questions. This makes the FAQ particularly interesting, and if you're not fully informed about Project FreeSync yet, it might be worth a read.

We also interviewed an AMD spokesman a few weeks back to get some answers about FreeSync.

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    Husker no idea why you are downvoted - silly - since you are dead on the mark with your comments. FS is not free since it will require OEMs to program, prototype, test, certify, and produce new AD PCBs. This is not a simple update to existing AD PCBs as many people wrongly assume. It requires a whole new board and programming. Those costs will be passed on to consumers to be sure.


    You're wrong. Freesync is "free" because it is integrated in the displayport standard and doesn't cost a dime to license, nor requires additional hardware outside of a modern displayport controller. Unlike nvidia's g-sync, which is proprietary, only works with nvidia's cards and requires an additional chip.

    nVidia's solution does requires a new board, but Freesync doesn't.

    So the point is that Freesync IS a simple update. It cannot be added retroactively, but if you're manufacturing a new monitor with DisplayPort, adding Freesync is free.
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  • when will 75hz be standard refresh rate since thunderbolt will be able to support it?
    when will 4096x1600 become standard since thunderbolt can support it?
    what size will the video card memory bus have to be in order to use such large pixel display settings in triple monitor set ups or 108" displays?
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  • None of those things are really important. 60Hz looks great how it is, 75Hz is just an extra and not something that should be a standard. Same for 4k resolutions.

    None of these questions have anything to do with what Freesync is or does. It is to fix one of the oldest problems, not to make changes to standards that 99% of the world would never have or use, at least not for many years to come.
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    None of those things are really important. 60Hz looks great how it is, 75Hz is just an extra and not something that should be a standard. Same for 4k resolutions. None of these questions have anything to do with what Freesync is or does. It is to fix one of the oldest problems, not to make changes to standards that 99% of the world would never have or use, at least not for many years to come.


    And no one will ever need more than 640KB of memory!

    Stupid young'uns and their unnecessary new tricks.

    Cheers! :P
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