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Report: VESA Accepts AMD FreeSync, the G-Sync Alternative

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Rumor has it that VESA has accepted AMD's proposal to implement FreeSync.

Back in January, AMD was showing off its alternative to Nvidia's G-Sync – FreeSync. This alternative was built on open standards; it worked on panels with VESA's variable VBLANK support, which is occasionally found in laptops. While panels in desktop monitors could theoretically support the technology, the connectivity means didn't, making it rather difficult to implement. Only embedded-DisplayPort had support.

AMD could simply use its own protocol and hope that a number of display manufacturers would implement this technology, but it would probably end up being a rather fruitless effort. The idea AMD has always had with FreeSync was to have it widely implemented, and this would only really be possible if it is adopted in standards.

For that we have VESA. A report on the French website Hardware.fr states that AMD has approached VESA and suggested implementing the technology in the specifications for the DisplayPort 1.2a standard. The report also states that the proposal has been accepted.

That said, do note that it will still be optional for manufacturers to implement the technology themselves. Nvidia, who invested a lot of dough into its proprietary G-Sync, might probably prefer not to adopt it, though it might be forced to do so in the long run as we'd imagine few display manufacturers will implement G-Sync if there is a free and open standard available.

FreeSync, as well as G-Sync, are technologies aimed at eliminating tearing in games.

Hardware.fr’s source remains unknown, so be sure to treat this like a rumor – it is always possible that the above never happened. All things considered though, it doesn't seem all that unlikely.

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    rolandzhang3 , April 11, 2014 7:08 AM
    Sweet, a little competition never hurts :D 
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    Someone Somewhere , April 11, 2014 7:41 AM
    Yup, this is what I predicted.

    Standards FTW.
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    shogunofharlom , April 11, 2014 9:30 AM
    A rare win for the consumer and a nod to AMD once again keeping the big guys in check.
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  • 21 Hide
    rolandzhang3 , April 11, 2014 7:08 AM
    Sweet, a little competition never hurts :D 
  • 15 Hide
    Someone Somewhere , April 11, 2014 7:41 AM
    Yup, this is what I predicted.

    Standards FTW.
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    doomtomb , April 11, 2014 7:48 AM
    Read about this two days ago. Can always count on Tom's if I want a flashback to the week that was.
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    David Dewis , April 11, 2014 8:58 AM
    Its funny, Alot of people are saying directx 12 will kill mantle, but had it not been for mantle pushing for lower level APIs, DX12 may never have happened as it is. I can see this being a similar situation. If Freesync is widely adopted and standardized, it could kill G-Sync, but if G-sync hadn't been announced, then chances are AMD never would have pushed FreeSync. I love this type of competition, bouncing off each other to further the technology, often leading to the best and simplest solution.
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    knowom , April 11, 2014 8:59 AM
    Eye for a eye?

    Mantle more or less got countered in a variety of different ways I guess it's only natural that G-sync would as well more or less.
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    shogunofharlom , April 11, 2014 9:30 AM
    A rare win for the consumer and a nod to AMD once again keeping the big guys in check.
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    Mathos , April 11, 2014 9:48 AM
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    Its funny, Alot of people are saying directx 12 will kill mantle, but had it not been for mantle pushing for lower level APIs, DX12 may never have happened as it is. I can see this being a similar situation. If Freesync is widely adopted and standardized, it could kill G-Sync, but if G-sync hadn't been announced, then chances are AMD never would have pushed FreeSync. I love this type of competition, bouncing off each other to further the technology, often leading to the best and simplest solution.


    The big problem with Dx12 is, M$ will probably pull another DX10 where you have to have Windows8 or Windows9 to use it. They did that with Dx10 where you had to have Vista or better to take advantage of it, because of the driver model change. OpenGL's biggest problem on the PC is, limited adoption or use due to Windows using Dx10+. I applaud AMD, they seem to be doing a good job at acting as a catalyst to get things moving forward again.
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    ocilfa , April 11, 2014 10:02 AM
    @Mathos: Ah, "catalyst"! I see what you did there.
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    David Dewis , April 11, 2014 10:15 AM
    Quote:
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    Its funny, Alot of people are saying directx 12 will kill mantle, but had it not been for mantle pushing for lower level APIs, DX12 may never have happened as it is. I can see this being a similar situation. If Freesync is widely adopted and standardized, it could kill G-Sync, but if G-sync hadn't been announced, then chances are AMD never would have pushed FreeSync. I love this type of competition, bouncing off each other to further the technology, often leading to the best and simplest solution.


    The big problem with Dx12 is, M$ will probably pull another DX10 where you have to have Windows8 or Windows9 to use it. They did that with Dx10 where you had to have Vista or better to take advantage of it, because of the driver model change. OpenGL's biggest problem on the PC is, limited adoption or use due to Windows using Dx10+. I applaud AMD, they seem to be doing a good job at acting as a catalyst to get things moving forward again.


    I'm already on windows 8.1 and would never go back. Once you adapt to it, its by far the best OS i've ever used. It uses so little resources and runs smoother than any other OS i have ever used. I dont miss the start bar at all, and if you do, its returning soon anyway. The recent Update fixed nearly all the issues i had with windows 8.1 and update 2 is said to top off the final issues. I can't wait to see what Windows 9 offers.
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    Zepid , April 11, 2014 11:06 AM
    Quote:
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    Its funny, Alot of people are saying directx 12 will kill mantle, but had it not been for mantle pushing for lower level APIs, DX12 may never have happened as it is. I can see this being a similar situation. If Freesync is widely adopted and standardized, it could kill G-Sync, but if G-sync hadn't been announced, then chances are AMD never would have pushed FreeSync. I love this type of competition, bouncing off each other to further the technology, often leading to the best and simplest solution.


    The big problem with Dx12 is, M$ will probably pull another DX10 where you have to have Windows8 or Windows9 to use it. They did that with Dx10 where you had to have Vista or better to take advantage of it, because of the driver model change. OpenGL's biggest problem on the PC is, limited adoption or use due to Windows using Dx10+. I applaud AMD, they seem to be doing a good job at acting as a catalyst to get things moving forward again.


    Considering the date for feature support for Windows 7 ends is Fall of 2015, it is more than reasonable for Microsoft to restrict this to Windows 8 and newer. Also DX12 is all about scaling to multiple cores (rather than just one) which is something 8 does infinitely better than 7 on a basic level. What with aggressive core parking and terrible scaling in Windows 7 - it is a wonder why any gamer would ever intentionally gimp themselves by not upgrading.

    Especially when the upgrade was only 40USD.

    But apparently gamers are afraid to minor cosmetic changes that take 20ms to adjust to, and would rather run on an inferior platform and lock themselves out of performance - I mean Activision still manages to sell COD. I guess the bank on stubborn people terrified of change.
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    Bondfc11 , April 11, 2014 11:32 AM
    Have we even see FreeSync yet? I have read a bunch about it, but has there actually been a monitor PCB designed that implements this tech? I remain guarded until a monitor is actually shown to work as good as GSync with this tech.

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    abimocorde , April 11, 2014 1:01 PM
    Looking at how Android flipped them all (proprietary stuff); Open Source is on wheels and looking pretty good. Guess AMD is going with the flow. We win.
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    abimocorde , April 11, 2014 1:03 PM
    Quote:
    Quote:
    Quote:
    Its funny, Alot of people are saying directx 12 will kill mantle, but had it not been for mantle pushing for lower level APIs, DX12 may never have happened as it is. I can see this being a similar situation. If Freesync is widely adopted and standardized, it could kill G-Sync, but if G-sync hadn't been announced, then chances are AMD never would have pushed FreeSync. I love this type of competition, bouncing off each other to further the technology, often leading to the best and simplest solution.


    The big problem with Dx12 is, M$ will probably pull another DX10 where you have to have Windows8 or Windows9 to use it. They did that with Dx10 where you had to have Vista or better to take advantage of it, because of the driver model change. OpenGL's biggest problem on the PC is, limited adoption or use due to Windows using Dx10+. I applaud AMD, they seem to be doing a good job at acting as a catalyst to get things moving forward again.


    I'm already on windows 8.1 and would never go back. Once you adapt to it, its by far the best OS i've ever used. It uses so little resources and runs smoother than any other OS i have ever used. I dont miss the start bar at all, and if you do, its returning soon anyway. The recent Update fixed nearly all the issues i had with windows 8.1 and update 2 is said to top off the final issues. I can't wait to see what Windows 9 offers.


    OS is like music, everyone defends its favourite band. You will not see me quit on Ubuntu to work and Win 7 to play a few games.
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    Fierce Guppy , April 11, 2014 2:50 PM
    Just where is AMD's FreeSync demo? I want to run it on my laptop.
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    IndignantSkeptic , April 11, 2014 10:20 PM
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    Just where is AMD's FreeSync demo? I want to run it on my laptop.


    You probably need hardware to be specially built to support it.
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    BranFlake5 , April 11, 2014 11:23 PM
    I don't know about this. G-Sync has proven itself to work. Nvidia is strong with their software. They got the head start, AMD is going to have to catch up.
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    David Dewis , April 12, 2014 4:11 AM
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    Just where is AMD's FreeSync demo? I want to run it on my laptop.


    You probably need hardware to be specially built to support it.


    I'm under the impression that if VESA makes this a standard for the new Displayport, then most monitors in the future could (and should) support it. But i'm sure i read an interview with AMD stating they were looking into adding it to older monitors with a software patch. Only time will tell.
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    Someone Somewhere , April 12, 2014 4:31 AM
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    Just where is AMD's FreeSync demo? I want to run it on my laptop.


    You probably need hardware to be specially built to support it.


    I'm under the impression that if VESA makes this a standard for the new Displayport, then most monitors in the future could (and should) support it. But i'm sure i read an interview with AMD stating they were looking into adding it to older monitors with a software patch. Only time will tell.


    How does one patch a monitor?

    There's no easy reprogramming access to most without opening them up and using debug headers...
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    David Dewis , April 12, 2014 6:14 AM
    But unlike the Gsync, its not the monitor doing the work, its the GPU. Thats my understanding anyway. I know that the monitors have to support vblank, and chances are AMD were just theorizing (probably to get at Nvidia) but the slightest chance it could be added would be nice.
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