What is FreeSync?
By the definition from AMD: “AMD FreeSync™ technology is a dynamic refresh rate feature that is implemented through embedded and external DisplayPort panels.” In other words: Adaptive Sync (which is what AMD uses to enable FreeSync).
The major goals and benefits of AMD FreeSync™ technology are:
- Dynamically adapt display refresh rate to variable gaming content update rate for low latency and stutter-free gaming experience.
- Dynamically adapt display refresh rate to a fixed video content update rate for stutter free video playback experience.
- Ensure that the transition between refresh rates is seamless and undetectable to the user
AMD FreeSync™ technology supports a dynamic refresh range of 9-240Hz.
Please note: the actual supported ranges will depend on the capabilities of the LCD panels, in our case, with the Nixeus 24″ 144Hz panel it can run in the range of 30Hz to 144Hz.
Prior to having AMD FreeSync available, we did have V-Sync. V-Sync did help with some screen tearing but it also created some unwanted results like frame rate reduction, mouse latency issues and stuttering issues which were not pleasant to most users. As it sits today, most have this feature turned off. But with FreeSync, this will help with the existing issues most seem to experience.
Here is an example of how V-Sync acts with regular panels without FreeSync.
With FreeSync enabled panels, like the Nixeus model we have at hand, AMD FreeSync allows the graphics card and monitor to communicate with each other and synchronizes the refresh rate so that there is less screen tearing or stutter. While you can still have V-Sync on, you can now still minimize screen tearing even with it turned off to balance its previous draw backs. You can also use FreeSync and V-Sync together to further reduce screen tearing effects. It’s nice to have both options.
Essentially, this is how FreeSync enabled panels are able to maintain a smoother game play or motion blur. While in slower frame rate games or media, you probably won’t notice a huge difference due to the slower frames they display at, however… with higher FPS games like Battlefield 4, TitanFall, or most first person shooter games, AMD FreeSync will show the best results. In comparison to standard panels, screen tearing can be a major problem, especially if you run a monster gaming system capable of pushing pass 60 frames a second.
Now that we have covered the basics of AMD Free Sync, on a quick note here, the Nixeus NX-VUE24A panel we have at hand is both a VESA and AMD FreeSync approved monitor. Lets move on and talk about the Nixeus Monitor on our test bench.