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At CES 2020, AMD announced that it is improving its FreeSync adaptive frame rate monitor technology to simplify product classification. The new scheme has three different levels, which are related to how the monitor incorporates Freesync and related functions. The timing of
is just right, because Freesync has surged to nearly 1,000 certified displays in the six years since its launch. With more and more products pouring into the market and gamers looking for ever-improved performance, AMD is eager to introduce a simple ID to make it easier to choose the right product.
Through the new system, AMD will be able to guarantee the entry-level performance of each layer, enabling users to make more informed purchasing decisions.
AMD appears to have borrowed a book from NVIDIA, which is a three-tier GSync system. The third floor of
is FreeSync, FreeSync Premium, and FreeSync Premium Pro. FreeSync is the same as the existing category and ensures that the display will provide a tear-free, low-flicker, and low-latency display. This represents the industry baseline and means that the display has been tested for compatibility with FreeSync.
FreeSync Premium is a new feature that adds Low Frame Rate Compensation (LFC). If the PC cannot match the monitor's minimum native refresh rate, it can guarantee a smooth gaming experience and at least 120Hz at the lowest FHD 1080P resolution to meet the standard list. With the widespread adoption of 120Hz, it makes sense to have a dedicated layer. AMD reports that more than 300 monitors, or nearly one-third of all FreeSync certified monitors, are at the FreeSync advanced level.
FreeSync Premium Pro is a rebranding of the previous FreeSync 2 HDR certification. It provides all the existing functions of the other two layers, as well as HDR functions and support for games. The HDR look is obtained by testing for brightness and a wide color gamut to ensure a high fidelity experience.
AMD said that each monitor will go through an arduous and comprehensive certification process to ensure the monitor meets the standard. With this, AMD hopes that the FreeSync name will become synonymous with low-latency, artifact-free gaming monitors.