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Only certain new Radeons will work with FreeSync

Few Radeons will work with FreeSync

Only certain new Radeons will work with FreeSync

Only certain new Radeons will work with FreeSync

 

With the release of the R9 285 yesterday many review sites found out something startling, something which OC3D has long ago know and even reported on. What surprised many was the fact that AMD's "Freesync" display will only work with certain AMD GPUs while gaming.

Only AMD's newer GCN based cards will work with project freesync displays, and by that I mean GCN 1.1 and above GPUs or rather R9 295X2, 290X, R9 290, R7 260X, R7 260 or newer GPUs.

 

Only certain new Radeons will work with FreeSync

 

The features of AMD FreeSync will only be available on certain AMD GPUs, while all AMD Radeo graphics cards in the AMD HD 7000, HD 8000, R7 or R9 Series will support Project FreeSync for video playback and power-saving purposes, not all these cards can be used for Variable refresh rates while gaming.

As i said above, only GCN 1.1 GPUs and newer will be able to use adaptive framerates while gaming, this includes the AMD Radeon R9 295X2, 290X, R9 290, R7 260X and R7 260 GPUs. This is due to these GPUs using an updated display controller that will support dynamic refresh rates during gaming scenarios.

AMD APUs codenamed "Kaveri," "Kabini," "Temash," "Beema" and "Mullins" also feature the necessary hardware capabilities to enable dynamic refresh rates for video playback, gaming and power-saving purposes.

One other discovery, which we also reported over a month ago, was that not all games will be compatible with the Freesync, here is a quote from the AMD FreeSync FAQ below; 

 

"It is our current understanding that the software architecture of select games may not be compatible with dynamic refresh rate technology like Project FreeSync. In these instances, users will be able to toggle the activation of FreeSync in the AMD Catalyst™ driver."

 


Join the discussion on AMD's FreeSync on the OC3D Forums.

 

 

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03-09-2014, 07:09:47

Dicehunter
That's kind of disappointing considering on the Nvidia side all cards from the 650 Ti Boost and up support it.

All cards in the current GeForce GTX range that support G-Sync -

GeForce GTX TITAN Z (new!)


GeForce GTX TITAN Black


GeForce GTX TITAN


GeForce GTX 780 Ti


GeForce GTX 780


GeForce GTX 770


GeForce GTX 760


GeForce GTX 750 Ti


GeForce GTX 750


GeForce GTX 690


GeForce GTX 680


GeForce GTX 670


GeForce GTX 660 Ti


GeForce GTX 660


GeForce GTX 650 Ti BOOSTQuote

03-09-2014, 07:20:35

Agost
Quote:
Originally Posted by Dicehunter View Post
That's kind of disappointing considering on the Nvidia side all cards from the 650 Ti Boost and up support it.

Because GSync is already available. FreeSync is still in developement, current video cards will be outdated when it's released... so there's little to no problem with thisQuote

03-09-2014, 07:22:42

SeekaX
Quote:
Originally Posted by Agost View Post
Because GSync is already available. FreeSync is still in developement, current video cards will be outdated when it's released... so there's little to no problem with this
Sure, everybody who has an r9 2xx card will upgrade before freesync releases.Quote

03-09-2014, 07:25:18

WYP
What I'm loving is that I reported on this in July and everybody else thinks this is new news!

Just shows how many news writers don't read the source material fullyQuote

03-09-2014, 07:28:39

Cru
Quote:
Originally Posted by Agost View Post
Because GSync is already available.
there's literally one monitor you can buy. that's not what i call "available"Quote
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