What is AMD FreeSync? [DETAILED GUIDE]

If you’re a gamer who loves playing games of high quality, FreeSync might be more than just a handful for you. FreeSync can be counted as one of those technologies which tend to go under the radar most of the time.

FreeSync allows you to enjoy your games better than ever without any screen tearing issues. Below, we have compiled a complete guide, in which we have discussed What is FreeSync & how it works.

That being said, let’s jump right into the matter.

What is FreeSync?

FreeSync or AMD FreeSync is the Variable Refresh Rate (VRR) technology by the GPU manufacturer AMD, which is available on its range of GPUs, which syncs the refresh rate of the graphics card with the compatible monitors to avoid screen-tearing or lagging issues.

The AMD FreeSync technology is available in different packages. For example, there is the AMD FreeSync, AMD FreeSync Premium, and the AMD Free Sync Premium Pro. All of these technologies offer more or less the same features with some advancements, which we have discussed in great detail below.

How Does FreeSync Work?

When the variable refresh rate is not enabled on the monitor, the framerate of the monitor is not locked with the graphics card, as a result, there can be a fluctuation between the frame rate on the monitor and the graphics card.

AMD FreeSync locks the refresh rate of the monitor with the graphics card, so that, there is no lag or delay in the frames of the monitor, ultimately eliminating the screen tearing and shattering issues on the monitor screen which is an amazing feature to have.

Like all the other adaptive Sync technologies (V-Sync, G-Sync), etc, the FreeSync technology only works with the AMD graphic cards and the compatible FreeSync monitors.

Difference Between FreeSync & FreeSync Premium & FreeSync Premium Pro

AMD FreeSyncAMD FreeSync PremiumAMD FreeSync Premium Pro
 Low Framerate Compensations (LFC)Low Framerate Compensations (LFC)
 Works at 120Hz Refresh RateWorks at 120Hz Refresh Rate
  Supports HDR

The AMD FreeSync is available in different variations including the FreeSync, FreeSync Premium & FreeSync Premium Pro. All of these FreeSync packages are based on the standard FreeSync technology and offer different features based on the FreeSync type.

Here are the Key Differences Between all the FreeSync Variants:

AAMD FreeSync:

The standard AMD FreeSync has support for tearing, flickering, and low latency. It works for a majority of the monitor. But, it lacks support for a 120hz refresh rate, and there is no low-framerate compensation.

AMD FreeSync Premium:

The AMD FreeSync Premium comes with low-flickering, low latency, as well as the Low Framerate Compensations (LFC), and a 120hz refresh rate.

AMD FreeSync Premium Pro:

Lastly, we have the latest AMD FreeSync Pro, which has all the features of the AMD FreeSync Premium, and addedly, it has the support for the HDR.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What Kind Of Games Require FreeSync?

If you plan to play normal PC games, you won’t probably be required to use FreeSync at all. However, if you’re playing the latest, graphically intensive game, such as Assassins Creed, you would need FreeSync as a normal monitor might only refresh 40 or 50 frames per second. With FreeSync, the monitor’s frame rate can rise up to match the frame rate of the game.

What Do I Need To Use FreeSync?

You would require a compatible AMD graphics card or an integrated APU to use FreeSync. You would also need to have a monitor or TV that assists FreeSync. You can check the exact specifications if you’re not totally sure.

What Is FreeSync Premium?

FreeSync Premium is one of the more advanced versions of FreeSync technology. FreeSync Premium requires devices to be confirmed for their use, without the certification, it won’t function. Just like FreeSync, for FreeSync Premium, you would need a compatible GPU to enjoy added benefits.


There’s no doubt about the fact that FreeSync really adds another dimension to your gaming experience and makes it much more enjoyable, you don’t need the technology if you plan on playing normal PC games.

FreeSync works best with games that are intensively graphical, to match the refresh rate of the game. Some of the FreeSync displays tend to work with a predefined range of frame rates, so you would need to set limits of frame rates according to the game.

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