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What is FreeSync? How Does it Improve Gaming Experiences?

BenQ
2019/04/29

As a gamer who values image quality, you might be interested in learning about FreeSync technology. Find out what FreeSync technology is and how it functions to bring you more enjoyable gameplay. FreeSync is a type of adaptive synchronization technology for LCD displays. It helps displays eliminate screen tearing, stuttering, and juddering by synchronizing the monitor’s refresh rate with GPU framerate (the graphics processing unit). When a monitor is equipped with FreeSync, it gains a variable refresh rate (VRR) which matches the framerate of your AMD graphics card. With FreeSync, you can enjoy the optimal framerate your graphics card can achieve.

freesync is a type of adaptive synchronization technology for lcd displays
FreeSync vs. G-Sync. Which One is Right For You?

On the market there are two mainstream technologies to display smooth pictures: FreeSync and G-Sync. Both FreeSync and G-Sync are designed to achieve tearing and stutter-free visuals, and the difference is that FreeSync is developed by AMD and G-Sync by NVIDIA. To enjoy FreeSync’s variable refresh rate, you need to make sure that your PC has an AMD graphics card or that the game console you use is equipped with an AMD processor. G-Sync technology is designed to synchronize a monitor’s refresh rate with the framerate of an NVIDIA graphics card. Both technologies have their own advocates.

For console gamers on Xbox, FreeSync-supported displays are a perfect match because Xbox consoles use AMD chips and the Xbox One X supports FreeSync technology. For gamers who also consider using a TV for gaming, check this article. Monitors make a better choice for gaming. And there’s a lot of FreeSync monitors available on the market and in a wide range of specifications. This therefore provides gamers with a wide range of monitor choices. AMD launched FreeSync 2 in early 2017, incorporating HDR for an even more immersive gaming experience.

FreeSync vs. FreeSync 2, What’s the Difference?

As the second generation of the FreeSync Technology, FreeSync 2 can be found in newer gaming monitors. Both FreeSync and FreeSync 2 reduce tearing and stuttering, but FreeSync 2 combines HDR support with variable refresh rate technology and offers smoother gameplay by “ delivering twice the perceptual color space of sRGB for better brightness and contrast. ” Gamers can check the picture below to see how FreeSync 2 renders images. If you are a gamer who wants to enjoy HDR, a FreeSync 2 monitor is the one for you.

freeSync 2 reduces tearing and stuttering and combines HDR support with variable refresh rate technology

As the second generation of FreeSync technology, FreeSync 2 can be found on newer gaming monitors. Both FreeSync and FreeSync 2 reduce tearing and stuttering, but FreeSync 2, combining HDR support with variable refresh rate technology, offers smoother gameplay while boosting image quality and immersion.

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