When you’re gaming on a PC, you want to make sure that your experience is as smooth as possible. However, sometimes, you might run into a problem called tearing.
When playing a game, the image on your screen keeps updating itself from top to bottom multiple times a second. However, the computer can send out more images to the screen and the monitor cannot update quick enough. As a result, you see part of picture taking up the top half of the screen, and the bottom half is taken up by another picture. There is a great example of what happens when tearing takes place here in this video.
As you saw there, AMD has a really interesting solution to this problem called Freesync. When you buy a monitor that is compatible with Freesync, then the number of pictures being sent out is going to be synchronised with the number of updates that the monitor is doing. Therefore, this problem of tearing is fixed.
As a gamer, I like being able to play a game and not have to worry about something unpleasant like tearing. With Freesync I think that we will get a point where tearing becomes a thing of the past. Freesync is an open standard and has no licensing fees. This means that companies making monitors will be able to pass on the savings to the users. Therefore it’s a win-win.
Another good thing about Freesync for me is the fact that there’s very little work required to take advantage of Freesync. So as long as you have the latest drivers installed, then Freesync is enabled. I have always believed that technologies do well if there is little work required to take advantage of them and AMD has done well with Freesync.
AMD Freesync is available in the following products:
- A Radeon R7 or R9 graphics card
- An AMD A Series APU
- A monitor which is compatible with these technologies.