Variable refresh rates have been a hot topic since Nvidia revealed their plans for gamers with their G-Sync technology, which aims to make V-Sync redundant and smooth out gameplay on hardware that can’t boost framerates beyond 60fps. At their Geforce event held in Montreal, Canada in October 2013, CEO Jen-Hsun Huang was on hand to demo a hardware experience tailored specifically by Nvidia to allow for lag-free gaming. The catch was that the technology needed an expensive card to replace the scaler in a monitor that itself sold for over $500 and only worked with Geforce graphics cards. Many gamers, power users and owners of existing Kepler graphics cards are keen on seeing what the tech can do for them, but the money issue, and the fact that a new monitor is required, is what is preventing them from upgrading.
AMD now says, though, that they can enable similar functionality for no cost at all. All that’s required is a supported monitor and a graphics card from the HD5000 or later families. Read on to find out more.