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What is AMD FreeSync And How Does It Work?

For most OLED and LCDs displays, AMD FreeSync is the technology with adaptive synchronization that also has a supportive approach for VRR (variable refresh rate). AMD FreeSync is a robust technology that works best for keeping up the smoothness in display.

When you have the graphics card compatible with AMD FreeSync, the chances of screen tearing and visuals artifacts ultimately become zero. In addition to that, AMD FreeSync minimizes the stuttering during gaming and video playback in input latency.

Monitors and display screens that are FreeSync compatible use the AMD graphics card and that ultimately work on the better refresh rate in synchronization with the frame rate of the monitor’s GPU. That results in fluid-like graphics that you see on-screen. Mainly it is dedicatedly better for competitive gaming and eSports.

FreeSync vs. FreeSync Premium vs. FreeSync Premium Pro

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FreeSync

AMD FreeSync compatible display monitors and screens allow the user to have a tear-free screen along with low input latency that makes it appropriate for competitive gaming. If you are using AMD FreeSync and paired it with the Radeon™ graphics card using HDMI® or DisplayPort™ you will experience the fluid-like gaming approach, for sure. Mainly FreeSync offers you:

  • Low input latency
  • Avoid screen tearing

FreeSync Premium

Unlike AMD FreeSync, the FreeSync Premium Pro comes with more features and an advanced quality approach.  With the premium it also needs the 120Hz refresh rate or beyond with the Full HD resolution, besides, fighting with the low latency is also included within the AMD FreeSync Premium package. Moreover, it also supports the low frame rate compensation aka LFC. Mainly AMD FreeSync Premium offers you:

  • Support for LFC
  • Low flicker
  • Low latency in SDR
  • 120Hz refresh rate at FHD resolution

FreeSync Premium Pro

FreeSync Premium Pro strengthens and elevates the combination of AMD FreeSync and FreeSync Premium if you talk about the comparison. To be specific, the premium pro version makes sure you have the HDR gaming experience along with movies and video content. 

When your monitor’s frame rate drops to, FreeSync Premium Pro robotically starts off low frame rate compensation to maintain balance. All in all, it makes the visual quality better to the core. Mainly FreeSync Premium Pro offers you: 

  • Low flicker
  • Tear-free display
  • Low input latency in SDR and HDR
  • HDR support along with precise coloration and brightness
  • 120Hz refresh rate with least FHD (Full High Definition)resolution
  • Enhanced quality support for low frame rate compensation (LFC)

How Does FreeSync Work?

AMD FreeSync works to maintain screen refresh rate along with the game’s frame rate by letting the GPUs and AMD graphics’ card to control it. Since screen tearing occurs when either of the aforementioned parameters i.e. refresh rate or frame rate aren’t in sync, FreeSync makes sure to keep them in accordance.

Competitive gamer and graphic designers dealing with precise accuracy of screen smoothness in terms of visuals artifacts hate screen tearing, that’s where the FreeSync role starts. FreeSync mainly works by keeping the refresh rate in synchronization with the frame rate.

Moreover, FreeSync features a variable refresh rate that works to keep up smoothness and fluid-like motion. To know more, Free-sync is based on the VESA adaptive sync protocol and hence it works on Display Port or USB Type-C, and HDMI ports.

FreeSync vs. G-Sync

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  • One of the major divergences in AMD FreeSync vs. Nvidia G-sync technologies is that AMD Free-sync display approach relies on the HDMI port while on the other hand G-sync technology works with DisplayPort. However LG’s G-sync compatible monitor display works regardless of the port parameter, as they are already compatible.
  • FreeSync display monitors are pretty much affordable as well in compression with the Nvidia G-sync. This is because G-sync needs a separate dedicated module to run on which the FreeSync technology doesn’t require. Therefore, many users prefer Free-sync technology in the first place.
  • Somehow, FreeSync technology is likely to let out some slightest visual artifacts such as ghosting which Nvidia G-sync doesn’t compromise on.

In a word, Nvidia G-sync offers you the optimal and enhanced quality results but it also costs you hearty while FreeSync is cost effective.

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