FreeSync is freeing itself of the need for a DisplayPort connection.
AMD’s technology synchronises a PC’s and monitor’s refresh rate (the number of different frames shown on the screen every second), providing for smoother visuals and responsiveness.
Until now both FreeSync and Nvidia’s equivalent tech G0Sync have required PCs to use a DisplayPort adapter, but as of early next year AMD’s solution will also work via the more conventional HDMI.
The caveat, however, is that the compatibility will only work with future monitor models and not existing ones calibrated to work with DisplayPort. A number of partners are already on board with this, however, including Acer, LG, Novatek, Realtek, Samsung and MStar.
Acer, LG and Samsung have already confirmed specific upcoming models that will work with the tech.
The functionality will work with existing Radeon GPUs that support HDMI 1.2 and above.
Also confirmed is the first ever FreeSync compatible laptop, Lenovo’s Y700. It has a US RRP of $899.