AMD pushes FreeSync forward with support for HDMI mobile Display Port HDR
Standards wars are like the game Monopoly: The one with the most property usually ends up winning.
Well, AMD just snapped up the railroads and utilities. On Tuesday, the company’s new Radeon Technologies Group announced it’ll have its variable refresh rate
technology, dubbed Free Sync, working over HDMI ports next year.A variable refresh spec for HDMI is coming, but AMD’s pushing ahead through the option of an
extension to HDMI. The extension can be used in both HDMI 1.4 and HDMI 2.0 monitors.For GPU support, AMD said any GPU that supports Free Sync over DisplayPort
will be able to run it over monitors that support Free Sync using HDMI.Why this matters: The key to spreading AMD’s Free Sync is to get it on as many monitors as
possible. Today it’s available only on more expensive panels with Display Port, and Nvidia’s G-Sync has a similar limitation. By adding HDMI, AMD should see a big boost in adoption.
HDMI mobile Display Port HDR
Next up: Monitor and laptop support
AMD also announced its first foray into mobile Free Sync with Lenovo’s new Y700 gaming laptop. The 15.6-inch Lenovo Y700 will feature a Radeon R9 M380 GPU and a quad-core AMD FX-F8800P “Carrizo” APU for $899.
The company said no fewer than eight new monitor models from Acer, LG, and Samsung will support Free Sync over HDMI. The company boasted that in monitor support it’s already outstripped Nvidia’s competing G-Sync by a healthy margin.
AMD claims 32 monitors support Free Sync vs. G-sync’s 17, adding that not all the announced G-sync monitors are available yet. AMD also dug at G-Sync by pointing out that every Free Sync panel has two inputs or more, while only a few G-Sync monitors do. That’s because G-Sync requires the use of an Nvidia-provided hardware scaler.
Last month, the company announced it had solved a complaint of image judder on most Free Sync monitors, using a software low framerate compensation algorithm.