With all the focus on Nvidia’s GSync scaler and software allowing variable refresh rates, it’s been a while since anyone paid attention to AMD’s pushing of the open standard for Displayport 1.2a as adopted by VESA, also known as Adaptive Refresh aka FreeSync. AMD’s “Future of Compute” inaugural event is being held in Singapore and the company announced a collaboration with Samsung for the first Adaptive Refresh monitors with the UltraHD 4K resolution.
The monitors in question are the 23.6-inch and 28-inch variants of the Samsung UD590, as well as the UE850’s 23.6-, 27-, and 31.5-inch models. The 28-inch UE590 is already on the market in the US and Samsung says that all currently available UltraHD 4K monitors will be able to upgrade their firmware to use Displayport 1.2a with adaptive refresh.
“We are very pleased to adopt AMD FreeSync technology to our 2015 Samsung Electronics Visual Display division’s UHD monitor roadmap, which fully supports open standards,” said Joe Chan, Vice President of Samsung Electronics Southeast Asia Headquarters.
“With this technology, we believe users including gamers will be able to enjoy their videos and games to be played with smoother frame display without stuttering or tearing on their monitors.”
There is already one other Displayport 1.2a monitor currently available, but while the standard is present in Dell’s Professional P2314H, there are no drivers currently available for AMD graphics cards that can make use of it. Adaptive Refresh support requires specific hardware that was only recently added into their GCN graphics cards, so the list below is the only known set of cards that can make use of it:
Radeon R7 260X
Radeon R9 285
Radeon R9 290
Radeon R9 290X
Radeon R9 295X2
Nvidia is not expected to support Adaptive Refresh technologies, but if the technology becomes the dominant standard then there’s every chance they’ll drop working on GSync and use their experience with it to improve the standard.