AMD Freesync Review

Introduction

AMD Freesync

Introduction

It's long been a dichotomy that we want the fastest possible frame rate but we also want the best possible image quality.

Generally these things are mutually exclusive for a couple of reasons. The most obvious one is the capability of your graphics card to render complicated images with all the bells and whistles at a decent frame rate. Anyone who remembers the days when turning on anti-aliasing meant losing 70% of your frames per second will know what we mean there. More modern cards and refinements have meant a small performance hit even with enormous levels of anti-aliasing, but there is still a hit to be found. The second problem has always been screen tearing. There is no point in having 100FPS if your characters legs are an inch to the side of their body and that means you have to turn on VSync, which synchronises the frame-rate to the refresh rate of your monitor. Turning it on though - and it's nearly always 60FPS that it gets capped to - obviously loses those extra frames as well as meaning your mouse position only gets updated on the refresh, leading a less than optimal experience.

AMD Freesync     AMD Freesync 

In a perfect world we'd be able to get all the benefits of the high frame rate, whilst also not enduring the screen tearing that plagues our image quality. Until now you were limited to either dealing with having VSync on, or buying an nVidia card and a GSync capable monitor to partner with it. Obviously if you're someone with an AMD card that second option is no good for you, and having to choose between screen tearing or high frame rate is the problem we're seeking to solve anyway, so dealing with VSync drawbacks is why we're here.

AMD Freesync     AMD Freesync

The R&D department at AMD have come up with a solution which doesn't require any additional outlay and hopes to give the best of both worlds. They call it Freesync, a "does exactly what it says on the tin" name if ever there was one. Supported by all the current AMD range, and with a selection of monitors that will bring out the best, it definitely sounds like something we can't wait to try out. Fortunately we have the Acer XG270HU monitor from the new range here, and so that's exactly what we're going to do.

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Most Recent Comments

19-03-2015, 11:53:45

WYP
Might need to get one of these monitorsQuote

19-03-2015, 11:57:52

tinytomlogan
Quote:
Originally Posted by Watsyerproblem View Post
Might need to get one of these monitors
Did you switch to AMD then dude?Quote

19-03-2015, 12:03:04

Thelosouvlakia
There's going to be a 29 UWS monitor with free sync! oooooooooh <3
consider it already bought Quote

19-03-2015, 12:04:48

barnsley
That monitor looks much better in more real lighting then all the promo shots made it look. Do want.
Its a shame I'm running a 780Ti. This is pretty much what I want from a monitor (ignoring the TN bit) and I'd grab it if my card was from the red side.Quote

19-03-2015, 12:06:15

tinytomlogan
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Originally Posted by barnsley View Post
That monitor looks much better in more real lighting then all the promo shots made it look. Do want.
Its a shame I'm running a 780Ti. This is pretty much what I want from a monitor (ignoring the TN bit) and I'd grab it if my card was from the red side.
I should be covering other screens shortly both of the Free and G varietyQuote
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