AMD Will Bring HDMI Support For FreeSync
Freesnyc is AMD’s response to NVIDIA’s GSYN technology in which the GPU controls the refresh rate of your monitor in order to deliver a smoother experience. For AMD the optimal frame rate to maintain is above 45, with NVIDIA it’s much lower thanks to their proprietary tech module within G-SNYC monitors. Of the many differences between AMDs open platform support and NVIDIAs black box approach, both technologies are only supported over DisplayPort, however it looks like AMD is set to bring the HDMI support for the technology.
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It’s just an announcement by AMD as there is no timetable for release, but a vague “next year”, working over both HDMI 1.4 as well as HDMI 2.0. Clearly they will probably be launching it as a feature for their new Arctic Island based GPUs which are slated for release next year. Current FreeSync supported cards will also then get the feature, so there should not be any compatibility issues in which the market is split. A lot of monitors already have HDMI 1.4 as well as DisplayPort, so it’s good to see AMD’s commitment to backward support for older tech in newer features. Good news for those who have a FreeSync monitor and want to use HDMI.