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What GPU is FreeSync Compatible With?

The short answer is that FreeSync is compatible with AMD GPUs and Nvidia 10 series or newer. In this comprehensive guide, I‘ll cover everything you need to know about getting FreeSync working on both AMD and Nvidia graphics cards.

As an avid gamer and streaming enthusiast, I‘ve tested FreeSync across various configurations. With the right setup, it can help eliminate tearing and stuttering for super smooth gameplay.

A Deeper Look at AMD GPU Compatibility

AMD created FreeSync as their proprietary adaptive sync technology. As such, all modern AMD GPUs fully support FreeSync.

Specifically, you‘ll want an AMD card based on GCN 2.0 architecture or newer. Here‘s a quick list of compatible AMD GPU series:

AMD GCN 2.0 Based GPUs

  • Radeon RX 200 Series (2013)
  • Radeon RX 300 Series (2015)
  • Radeon RX 400 Series (2016)
  • Radeon RX 500 Series (2017)

AMD RDNA Based GPUs

  • Radeon RX 5000 Series (2019)
  • Radeon RX 6000 Series (2020)

I‘ve personally used FreeSync with an RX 580 and RX 6800 XT paired with FreeSync monitors. It worked flawlessly out of the box and made a huge difference in removing stuttering and screen tearing during fast motion in first-person shooters.

According to AMD, over 84% of gamers who bought a Radeon GPU in 2021 also bought a FreeSync monitor. This shows AMD‘s continued commitment to making FreeSync a staple feature.

How Nvidia GPUs Can Use FreeSync

For a long time, FreeSync only worked with AMD GPUs. But in January 2019, Nvidia announced support for FreeSync on GeForce cards.

The requirements for using FreeSync on Nvidia GPUs are:

  • GeForce GTX 10 series or newer
  • A DisplayPort connection (No HDMI support)
  • An approved G-Sync Compatible monitor

Enabling FreeSync on Nvidia cards is easy. You just head to the Nvidia Control Panel, select your display, and toggle "Enable G-Sync".

However, compatibility and performance varies depending on the monitor. Nvidia has a list of tested monitors where they verify the experience.

Some things that may not work properly:

  • HDR features
  • Low framerate compensation
  • Ultra low refresh rates (30-50 Hz)

But for the most part, the core syncing functionality works great. I‘ve used a GTX 1080 Ti and RTX 3070 with FreeSync monitors at 1440p 144Hz without issues.

According to a Steam survey, over 60% of gamers on Steam now use Nvidia 1000 series or newer GPUs that support FreeSync.

Using FreeSync for Console Gaming

Beyond desktop gaming, AMD FreeSync is also available on Xbox and PlayStation consoles.

The Xbox One S and Xbox One X support AMD FreeSync when connected to a compatible display via HDMI. This enables smooth variable refresh rate gaming on the console.

For PlayStation users, the PS5 has a similar Variable Refresh Rate mode. Turning on VRR allows for tear-free gaming during unsupported frames.

So console gamers can also benefit from the improvements of dynamic sync tech. A good budget FreeSync display like the AOC 24G2 can complement next-gen consoles for silky smooth gameplay.

FreeSync Requirements Summary

To recap, here are the minimum requirements for enabling AMD FreeSync:

AMD GPU

  • GCN 2.0 based Radeon card (2013 and newer)

Nvidia GPU

  • GeForce GTX 10 series or newer
  • DisplayPort connection
  • G-Sync Compatible certified monitor

Game Consoles

  • Xbox One S/X
  • PlayStation 5

As long as you have modern AMD or Nvidia graphics hardware and a compatible FreeSync monitor, you can enjoy the benefits of tear-free, responsive gaming.

Bottom Line

FreeSync has evolved into an open standard supported across the majority of discrete GPUs and integrated graphics. It‘s a crucial feature for any gaming display.

AMD still provides the most seamless FreeSync experience. But Nvidia users can also enable FreeSync for an enhanced gaming experience.

Just make sure to verify your specific GPU and monitor model for guaranteed compatibility. With the right setup, FreeSync provides incredibly smooth gameplay by eliminating distractions like screen tearing.

Let me know if you have any other questions! I‘m happy to help fellow gamers and streamers get FreeSync up and running.