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FreeSync gets support over HDMI

by on09 December 2015

Radeon Technology hints at plans

The Radeon Technologies Group is sitting on some interesting news about FreeSync updates,HDR displays and new display-related technologies.

The Group is hinting that FreeSync will get support over HDMI, the first FreeSync compatible notebook, and a slew of new FreeSync displays.

If it all pans out, FreeSync over HDMI support will be coming to all Radeons that currently support FreeSync. However it will need new displays as the HDMI specification doesn’t currently have support for variable refresh rates.

Radeon Technologies Group is using these vendor specific extensions to enable the technology. Its cunning plan is to fully support the addition of any standardized VRR tech in a future HDMI specification, and that the current implementation ensures compatibility with future Radeon graphics chips.

FreeSync over HDMI compatible displays are expected to arrive early next year from LG, Acer, and Samsung.

The first FreeSync notebook is the Lenovo Y700 gaming notebook is the first with a validated, FreeSync-compatible panel. This has an AMD FX-8800P “Carrizo” APU, Radeon R9 M380 graphics, and a 15:6” IPS-panel with a 1080p resolution. It can be found in the shops for $899.

The Radeon Technologies Group also announced that support for DisplayPort 1.3, HDMI 2.0a and HDR displays is coming.

Radeon R9 300 series parts, which support HDMI 1.4b and DP 1.2 will support HDR displays when gaming and showing photos, but next generation Radeons due to be released next year – which will support HDMI 2.0a and DisplayPort 1.3 -- will work with HDR displays when showing photos and gaming.

Last modified on 09 December 2015
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