AMD introduced a new frame rate synchronization technology called” Enhanced Sync” with it latest ReLive driver update. Enhanced Sync replaces V-sync and improves the FreeSync to offer a smooth gaming experience on any display. If your PC has FreeSync, then this will act as an extra measure to keep the latency and tearing to the minimum.
AMD in response to NVidia’s G-sync technology released FreeSync to improve frame rate synchronization. FreeSync technology allows dynamic refresh rates that synchronize with the frame rate output from the graphics card, which minimizes tearing and increases response time. To use FreeSync the monitor should support the FreeSync technology. FreeSync’s operational ranges are also limited as you still experience stuttering when your frame rate dips below the minimum threshold, and when the frame rate exceeds the upper limit, you may experience tearing.
Though G-Sync has proved itself more capable, FreeSync still remains a famous choice for budget gamers as it costs way less than the Nvidia’s alternative.
AMD’s new Enhanced Sync technology will work with any display monitor whether it supports FreeSync or not and it is a replacement for V-sync. It will work hand in hand with FreeSync if the monitor supports. Unlike V-sync, Enhanced Sync does not lock the frame rate maximum to the display’s refresh rate. Instead, it uncaps the frame rate to reduce latency in exchange for some mild tearing.
In certain situations where GPU can not output frames at the same pace as your monitors refresh rate, Enhanced Sync prioritizes decreased stutter over eliminating tearing. That is, where V-sync strives to remove tearing completely, Enhanced Sync allows occasional tearing instead of allowing the GPU to repeat the previous frame and introduce a momentary stutter.
AMD’s Enhanced Sync technology is part of Radeon Software Crimson ReLive 17.7.2, which is available now from AMD’s website.