AMD introduced two new tiers to its gaming display ecosystem "FreeSync" with AMD FreeSyncTM Premium and AMD FreeSyncTM Premium Pro tiers on Monday, Jan. 7 at the annual Consumer Electronics Show.
AMD FreeSync technology is entering its sixth year since its introduction, and over the last six years, the FreeSync display ecosystem has grown exponentially. FreeSync is the largest gaming display ecosystem with 1,000 certified displays expected January 2020.
"We are thrilled with the success of the ecosystem and the collaboration we have with our many display partners," AMD said in a blog post.
Over the last few years, gaming components, gamer expectations, and FreeSync technology have evolved. With more powerful gaming components, the needs of gamers and their expected gaming experiences have matured. Gamers looking for a premium, high refresh rate gaming experience should be enabled to easily identify and select the right products.
The AMD FreeSync Premium tier enhances the baseline FreeSync tier with additional benefits, such as the following two key elements that AMD believes are necessary for a high performance gaming experience:
- At least 120 Hz refresh rate at minimum FHD resolution
- Low framerate compensation (LFC)
Competitive gamers know that every frame matters. LFC helps ensure that when the framerate of a game is running below the minimum supported refresh rate of a display, the frames are displayed multiple times so that you can remain in the supported refresh rate of the display and maintain smooth gameplay.
Prior to 2018, there were not many monitors in our ecosystem that adopted LFC technology while also offering a high refresh rate. Today, with the rapid growth of our ecosystem and the rapid growth of LFC displays, AMD can offer more than 300 monitors in the new FreeSync Premium tier.
The FreeSync Premium Pro tier, previously known as FreeSync 2 HDR, delivers uncompromised high-performance gaming with stunning visual HDR fidelity. As games have evolved, immersive visual experiences are more important than ever. Gamers demand high performance and high-fidelity visual gaming experiences. Displays certified for the AMD FreeSync Premium Pro tier include highly accurate luminance and wide color gamut testing to enable an exceptional HDR visual gaming experience.
FreeSync Premium Pro
Previously known as FreeSync 2 HDR
The base FreeSync tier remains as an industry baseline for monitors, laptops, and TVs that have been designed and tested to meet a quality standard of performance. Regardless of tier, all FreeSync monitors go through a comprehensive certification process, which tests various aspects such as no tearing, low flicker, and low latency to enable highly responsive gaming.
Listen to AMD's engineers talk about the certification process here:
"It has been a successful six years, and we are committed to further developing the FreeSync technology and ecosystem for all users to enjoy," AMD said.