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Samsung, AMD Announce First FreeSync Monitors, Coming March 2015

Things have been quiet with regard to AMD's Project FreeSync recently, but happily AMD and Samsung are breaking the silence. The duo is announcing the first FreeSync-enabled monitors.

These monitors are the 23.6-inch and 28-inch variants of the Samsung UD590, as well as the UE850's 23.6-, 27-, and 31.5-inch models. The 28-inch UE590 is already on the market.

As a refresher, AMD's Project FreeSync is the company's effort to leverage industry standards to bring dynamic refresh rates to monitors. It competes directly with Nvidia's G-Sync, but whereas Green Team's version is proprietary and adds between $100 and $200 to the cost of the monitor, FreeSync uses an optional protocol in the DisplayPort 1.2a specification in the form of the open Adaptive-Sync standard, which is free for anyone to implement.

UD590

The idea behind FreeSync is that it will remove tearing in games and reduce stuttering, creating a much smoother experience for the user at refresh rates below the maximum refresh rate of the monitor.

"We are very pleased to adopt AMD FreeSync technology to our 2015 Samsung Electronics Visual Display division's UHD monitor roadmap, which fully supports open standards," said Joe Chan, Vice President of Samsung Electronics Southeast Asia Headquarters. "With this technology, we believe users including gamers will be able to enjoy their videos and games to be played with smoother frame display without stuttering or tearing on their monitors."

The FreeSync-enabled UD590 and UE850s will be available in March 2015, with the remainder of the UHD lineups following later.

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  • universal remonster
    So if this is an open standard using the DP1.2a protocol, does that mean any card with the correct DP port as well as nVidia cards will work?
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  • gamebrigada
    This confuses me greatly. The UD590 uses DP 1.3 to pull 4k at 60hz. So your options are going to be 30hz with freesync or 60hz?
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  • TechyInAZ
    Nice, if freesync is cheaper then I'd defiantly get that over G sync.

    So will this work with any graphics card/GPU that has a DP output?
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  • renz496
    So if this is an open standard using the DP1.2a protocol, does that mean any card with the correct DP port as well as nVidia cards will work?

    AFAIK all nvidia cards up to maxwell only supporting DP1.2. also i think nvidia already mention that they will not going to support adaptive sync and will push with their own solution instead because they believe their solution will be better than AMD FreeSync+Adaptive Sync. also adaptive sync is optional to DP1.2a and DP1.3.

    anyway what i want to see was real game running using AMD FreeSync and Adaptive Sync. AMD keeps pointing that their solution will be better than Nvidia G-Sync but so far they haven't back up their claim with real data shown to the public yet.
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  • renz496
    14628689 said:
    Nice, if freesync is cheaper then I'd defiantly get that over G sync.

    So will this work with any graphics card/GPU that has a DP output?

    as it is i believe it will only work with AMD (select) graphic card. nvidia already mention that they will only going to support g-sync. as for intel it seems they are not even interested with it. if not we should be hearing about it right now.
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  • RoxasForTheWin
    Hopefully we start seeing more Freesync and G-sync monitors soon, in a cheaper price range preferably :P
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  • airborn824
    Combine the new Freesync 120hz 4K monitors wiith a R9 39x "MIND BLOWN". Tis is a great partnership stemming from AMD zen CPUs using Samsung 14nm in Q4 2015. I am sure Samsung will be shipping a lot of AMD PCs here soon. About time AMD got a very large OEM to back them.
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  • airborn824
    Combine the new Freesync 120hz 4K monitors wiith a R9 39x "MIND BLOWN". Tis is a great partnership stemming from AMD zen CPUs using Samsung 14nm in Q4 2015. I am sure Samsung will be shipping a lot of AMD PCs here soon. About time AMD got a very large OEM to back them.
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  • GOKU4LIV
    AMD THE BEST, WITH API MANTLE, AND IN MEDIUM CLASS PROCESSOR ,FOR POWER/PRICE :)
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  • moogleslam
    Call me when they have something to compete with the ASUS ROG Swift. 2560x1440 @ 144Hz
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