When it comes to gaming monitors, we often encounter the term “FreeSync” and how it improves gameplay, especially for FPS games. As the games and technology level up every year, so as this feature. So, let’s take our time to get to know what it does.
WHAT IS FREESYNC
FreeSync is AMD’s solution to eliminate “screen tearing” during gameplay – by syncing your monitor and your graphics card to ensure smooth framerates.
Screen tearing appears as the horizontal line/s across your monitor screen that occurs when either your graphics card is producing more frames than your monitor’s capabilities OR when the monitor (Hz) refreshes too fast and your graphics card can’t catch up.
FREESYNC PREMIUM AND PREMIUM PRO
Now we know what FreeSync does to our computers, so what does its other tiers offer aside from preventing screen tearing?
Introduced on the year 2020, this tier retains all the features FreeSync has to offer and with an additional innovation, which is the LFC or low framerate compensation. When the framerate of the game goes below the minimum supported refresh rate, these frames will be displayed multiple times to remain in the supported refresh rate.
The downside, is that this feature may not work with HDR turned on – which brings us to the highest tier, Premium Pro.
THE PREMIUM PRO
Also known as FreeSync 2, this tier now adds HDR capabilities for supported games and displays. As the game evolves in terms of graphics, there has been more demand for a more immersive visual gaming experience, and FreeSync Premium Pro made it happen.
For hardcore gamers and pro esports athletes, one screen tear may change the outcome of a competitive game. Making sure that your gaming monitor and graphics card is compatible and synced with one another is a MUST and needs to be taken care of as long as you have the budget to get the necessary upgrades.