AMD has announced a new technology intended for upcoming gaming monitors called the Radeon FreeSync 2. According to the company, FreeSync 2 will enable future monitors that support the technology to output HDR (High Dynamic Range) content more smoothly, without the need for advance tuning of the monitor itself.
Of course, HDR supported monitors and TVs have been around for quite some time now. However, most of them, unfortunately, output HDR content with high latency, which is fine when watching movies and TV shows, but not so much for PC gaming. Hence the need for a low latency (shift HDR output workload to GPU), easy to use display technology called FreeSync 2.
AMD’s FreeSync 2 technology is said to not only offer two of the aforementioned benefits, but also to address issues that are currently present on the original FreeSync technology. One of the issue being inconsistent support for LFC (low framerate compensation) amongst current FreeSync monitors. With FreeSync 2, AMD now requires manufacturers to support LFC on their upcoming monitors.
It’s worth noting, however, that FreeSync 2 isn’t a successor to the original AMD FreeSync technology. Instead, both will co-exist to ensure that gamers get the best out of their Radeon graphics cards and monitors when it comes to gaming. Speaking of which, PC gamers need not worry about getting a brand new GPU for this one, current graphics cards that support FreeSync will be compatible with FreeSync 2.
Interestingly, AMD isn’t quite sure when FreeSync 2 monitors will be made available in the market, but it hopes that they’ll be launched in the first half of 2017. Samsung has confirmed that it will be using the new AMD technology in some of its upcoming monitors, but don’t expect them to be too affordable though. Learn more about FreeSync 2 by visiting Radeon’s official website.