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Radeon FreeSync 2 brings HDR gaming to advanced monitors

By Patrick Alcantara - on 14 Feb 2017, 1:55pm

Radeon FreeSync 2 brings HDR gaming to advanced monitors

AMD announced Radeon FreeSync 2 technology, a major release to deliver smooth gameplay to gamers.

It is planned to be released in Q1 of 2017.

Qualifying FreeSync 2 monitors will harness low-latency, high-brightness pixels, excellent black levels, and a wide color gamut to display High Dynamic Range content. All FreeSync 2 monitors will support Low Frame Rate Compensation (LFC). With this technology, gamers can enjoy a complete plug-and-play HDR gaming experience, avoiding the need to tweak settings in software or on the monitor.

Current HDR transport formats were designed primarily for movie content displayed on televisions with tone mapping handled by the displays, often leading to a higher-than-acceptable latency for PC gaming. AMD's new API for FreeSync 2 offers a low-latency alternative that shifts the workload to the powerful pipeline of a Radeon GPU, allowing the game to tone map directly to the display's target luminance contrast, and color space. Radeon FreeSync 2 technology offers over 2x the brightness and color volume over sRGB.

FreeSync and FreeSync 2 technologies will co-exist to offer a wide variety of advanced displays to gamers. All FreeSync-compatible Radeon GPUs will support FreeSync 2 technology, including the Radeon RX series GPUs based on the Polaris architecture which also supports DisplayPort HBR3 and enables UltraHD resolution beyond 60Hz Multiple display vendors are actively evaluating several upcoming products for FreeSync 2 qualification.