FREESYNC TIERS: WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE?

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?

THE PREMIUM

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.

OUR THOUGHTS

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.