AMD announced (opens in new tab) the new FreeSync Premium and FreeSync Premium Pro labels to go along with the existing “FreeSync” technology yesterday. The company also said that it expects over 1,000 displays to be FreeSync-certified in January 2020.
The FreeSync Premium specification includes requirements such as the display having a refresh rate of at least 120Hz and a resolution of at least 1920x1080. It will also incorporate low-frame rate compensation (LFC), which will enable gameplay that is motion judder- and tearing-free when the game frame rate is below that of the screen’s refresh rate and V-SYNC is enabled.
This feature has always come with Nvidia’s G-Sync, because G-Sync required additional hardware, while the basic FreeSync has been a software-only solution. FreeSync Premium aims to fix this shortcoming and make it a little easier for consumers to choose a FreeSync display that, at least in theory, works as well one of its G-Sync enabled counterparts at low frame rates.
|FreeSync||FreeSync Premium||FreeSync Premium Pro|
|Tear-free||At least 120Hz at minimum with Full HD resolution||HDR capabilities and game support|
|Low-flicker||Low frame rate compensation||At least 120Hz at minimum with Full HD resolution|
|Low-latency||Tear-free||Low frame rate compensation|
|Low-latency in SDR and HDR|
FreeSync Premium Pro
FreeSync Premium Pro, previously known as FreeSync 2 HDR (opens in new tab), includes all of the features mentioned above such as smooth motion and no tearing at both high and low frame rates with the additional support for HDR. Just like FreeSync Premium, it will also be seen only on displays that have a minimum resolution of Full HD and a minimum 120Hz refresh rate.
AMD noted in its announcement that regardless of the specification, all FreeSync monitors will be tested to enable low-flicker and low-latency gaming. However, if you want to experience smooth gaming on lower-end hardware or intend to use your gaming rig to play all the latest games years from now, you should go for FeeSync Premium monitors (or TVs). If you want HDR gaming, you’ll need to choose FreeSync Premium Pro.