CES 2015: Five display vendors now supporting AMD FreeSync

Upcoming FreeSync-enabled monitors

Manufacturer Model Size Resolution Max Refresh
 BenQ  XL2730Z  27-inch  2560 x 1440  144Hz
 LG Electronics  29UM67  29-inch  2560 x 1080  75Hz
 LG Electronics  34UM67  34-inch  3440 x 1440  75Hz
 Nixeus  NX-VUE24  24-inch  1920 x 1080  144Hz
 Samsung  UE590  23.6-inch  3840 x 2160  60Hz
 Samsung  UE590  28-inch  3840 x 2160  60Hz
 Samsung  UE850  23.6-inch  3840 x 2160  60Hz
 Samsung  UE850  28-inch  3840 x 2160  60Hz
 Samsung  UE850  31.5-inch  3840 x 2160  60Hz
 Viewsonic  VX2701MH  27-inch  1920 x 1080  144Hz

At CES 2015, AMD showed off the first working monitors from its first partners which are going to be the first to bring out monitors compatible with the Adaptive Sync (aka FreeSync) specification added to the Displayport 1.2a standard. FreeSync is similar to GSync in that it allows for gamers to set VSync on in their games, but have the monitor change refresh rates in tune with the framerate that the GPU is capable of during your gaming session. Hit the jump for more.

Take note that it won’t just be any AMD product that will support FreeSync off the bat. You need to be running current Catalyst drivers and have either an AMD Kaveri-based APU with GCN graphics or one of the following GPUs:

  • Radeon R7 260
  • Radeon R7 260X
  • Radeon R9 285
  • Radeon R9 290
  • Radeon R9 290X
  • Radeon R9 295X2

There are also some mobile parts that will support FreeSync, but AMD isn’t yet commenting on which SKUs are capable of using the standard. There was a possibility that this could be done with older Radeon HD 7000 hardware, but it doesn’t seem like AMD will be trying to make it work.

FreeSync supports refresh rates from 30Hz all the way to 144Hz. Lower values are possible (e.g. 23.976Hz for movie playback) but will be supported on a case-by-case basis for monitors that pass AMD and VESA’s validation program.

All of these monitors will be launching to market within the next few months. Samsung’s UE590 and UE850 line will be debuting in March 2015, while AMD hopes to work with the other four vendors to achieve a late January or mid-February 2015 release.

Its worth noting that when GSync was launched by Nvidia, it only worked on a single monitor for a couple of months. Hitting the ground with no less than ten supporting monitors is sure to give FreeSync an immediate boost to its adoption.