AMD FreeSync is one of the strongest innovations to hit gaming in years. FreeSync monitors help synchronize your game’s refresh rate to your game’s FPS, which works to get rid of stuttering and tearing. Stuttering and tearing manifest themselves in that all-too-familiar laggy movements that appear to slow a game down. Keep reading to learn more about what AMD FreeSync is, how it is enabled on the best monitors, and the differences between AMD FreeSync and AMD FreeSync Premium/Pro.

What is AMD FreeSync?

AMD FreeSync works to eliminate screen tearing, which manifests itself as light horizontal breaks in an image. This is the result of monitors and HPUs being out of sync. As opposed to standard monitors with fixed refresh rates that move from frame to frame, AMD FreeSync lets the monitor alter the refresh rate dynamically based on how slow or fast new frames are created by the GPU. All of this action helps reduce tearing and stuttering.

AMD FreeSync is integral to smoother gameplay and applies to not just monitors, but laptops and televisions.

A similar technology to AMD FreeSync belongs to nVidia’s GSync, a competing graphic card vendor that works very similarly.

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What is Screen Tearing?

Screen tearing occurs when your monitor’s refresh rate is slower than the frame rate. Tearing results in a disjointed and choppy picture along with trailing images (ghosting)

How Do I Enable FreeSync?

Sometimes, AMD FreeSync is already integrated with a computer monitor’s default setup. Other times, you will need to access your AMD computer settings, selecting Display, and flipping AMD FreeSync to the ‘on’ position. It can also be turned off.

What is FreeSync Premium and FreeSync Premium Pro?

FreeSync Premium is FreeSync on steroids. It allows for improved performance using monitors with at least a 120Hz refresh rate and low framerate compensation (LFC) support. FreeSync Premium Pro is an upgrade over FreeSync Premium, suitable for HDR games with at least a 120Hz refresh rate and enables low latency in both HDR and SDR formats.

Tip: FreeSync Premium Pro is an upgrade over FreeSync Premium, suitable for HDR games with at least a 120Hz refresh rate and enables low latency in both HDR and SDR formats


According to, there are FreeSync (as well as G-Sync) displays that operate at 30 Hz or lower.


What is AMD FreeSync in Monitors FAQ

What Is FreeSync?

FreeSync helps to synchronize your graphic card's frame rate with your computer monitor's refresh rate to help prevent tearing and stuttering for smoother gameplay. This will result in a better overall experience while playing the hottest computer games.

Should I buy a G-Sync or FreeSync gaming monitor?

Both technologies achieve the same when trying to eliminate stuttering and tearing for smooth gameplay. We do not have a preference as to one over the other.

What is screen tearing?

Screen tearing is when the frames being produced by your computer monitor's graphics card are not in sync with your monitor's refresh rate. Sometimes, your graphic card's output will exceed the number of times your monitor refreshes per second. This can greatly affect content, as the gameplay or motion picture is not as smooth flowing.

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