AMD Announce New Certification Scheme for FreeSync Including New Premium and Premium Pro Levels

At CES 2020 in Las Vegas, AMD have announced their re–branding of their FreeSync adaptive-sync technology in an effort to make it easier for consumers to understand what they are getting. Previously we had FreeSync and FreeSync 2, both designed to deliver variable refresh rates for gaming which were free of tearing, give low flicker and low latency. The later FreeSync 2 scheme carried more stringent certification standards and included support for HDR.

While nothing has changed with the actual technology, screens will now be certified under one of 3 schemes, based on 3 levels of support.

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NVIDIA Open Up Support for Adaptive-sync/FreeSync for Future Native G-sync Module Screens

In the last year we’ve seen a distinct change to NVIDIA’s approach to variable refresh rates (VRR) and their ‘G-sync’ technology. Historically there was a clear demarcation between the competing NVIDIA G-sync and AMD FreeSync options. If you had an NVIDIA graphics and wanted to use G-sync VRR then you also needed a display featuring the added G-sync hardware module chip. If you had an AMD graphics card and wanted to use their alternative ‘FreeSync’ technology for VRR, you needed a screen which supported the VESA adaptive-sync standard. You could not mix and match the two options – so you could not use NVIDIA G-sync on an adaptive-sync display, and you could not use FreeSync from a Native G-sync display. This is all changing …

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