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AMD HD3D FAQFAQ

​Yes, there is a PDF download version.

2.0753/6/2015 3:33 PM
  
Multimonitor FAQFAQ

​Any AMD Eyefinity technology configuration that works with a single graphics card will work with AMD Crossf​​​​ire™ technology, however all monitors must connect to the primary graphics card. In most systems, this will be the GPU installed closest to the CPU. This is true for both AMD Radeon™ graphics and AMD FirePro™ professional graphics products.​

4.01603/6/2015 12:28 PM
  
Multimonitor FAQFAQ

​Yes and No, there is two types of DVI outputs:

DVI-I: DVI-I is short for Digital Video Interface – Integrated. This connection provides a digital and analog video signal. A VGA (analog) connection can be established using a DVI to VGA adapter. 

DVI-D: DVI-D is short for Digital Video Interface – Digital. This connection provides a digital video signal. A VGA (analog) connection CANNOT be established using a DVI to VGA adapter. 

For more information on common output types and a visual aid please see our Common Male Connector and Female Connection Types​​ knowledge base article.

2.01643/6/2015 12:25 PM
  
Multimonitor FAQFAQ

​​​​​AMD Radeon™ 4000 series and older graphics cards can support a maximum of two displays per GPU.  Some partner manufactured graphics cards containing two GPUs on a single card can support up to four connected displays; please refer to the manufacturer’s website for details.​

2.01693/6/2015 12:25 PM
  
Multimonitor FAQFAQ

AMD recommends using only the accessories that came with the graphics card.  If the splitter came bundled with the graphics card, then it should be compatible and may be used to support different display modes.  Information on supported modes and configurations should be found on the graphics card manufacturer's website.

A list of AMD partner manufacturers can be found here.

For 3rd party splitters that were pu​​​rchased separately, AMD doesn't guarantee compatibility or functionality.  Please consult with the splitter manufacturer for assistance.​

2.01713/6/2015 12:24 PM
  
Multimonitor FAQFAQ

Although the graphics card has three display connectors, it can only output two video signals simultaneously.  This is because two of the three output connectors share one video signal and therefore, the graphics card can only support a maximum of two displays.  The display output combinations that can be achieved are dependent on the specific make and model of the graphics card.

To test which output combinations are possible with the graphics card, connect the displays to the graphics card and launch the AMD Catalyst™ Control Center.  If only one display can be enabled inside the AMD Catalyst Control Center, the video signal is being shared by the two connected outputs.  Moving one of the displays to the other available output connector should allow both displays to work simultaneously. 

2.01723/6/2015 12:24 PM
  
Multimonitor FAQFAQ

​​​The AMD Radeon™ R series graphics card can support up to 6 displays, with the exception for the R7 250/240 which can support a maximum of two displays.

The table below illustrates the combination of outputs that can be used with the number of connected displays.  Please note when connecting 4 displays, one of the displays must be connected using DisplayPort™ output.

 R9 290X/290R9 280XR9 270X/270R7 260XR7 250/240
Maximum displays supported

3 with DVI/HDMI

4 using DisplayPort 

6 with an MST hub

3 with DVI/HDMI1

4 using DisplayPort1​ 

6 with an MST hub

3 with DVI/HDMI1

4 using DisplayPort1 

6 with an MST hub

3 with DVI/HDMI

4 using DisplayPort 

6 with an MST hub

2

 

For more information about the process of configuring multiple displays using a DP 1.2 MST hub, refer to KB article: "Driving Multiple Displays From a Single DisplayPort™ Output with AMD Radeon Graphics Products" ​

1 Monitors connected to the DVI outputs must be identical.

3.01703/6/2015 12:21 PM
  
Multimonitor FAQFAQ

 

​In this video we describe the differences between VGA, DVI, HDMI and DisplayPort outputs found on AMD Radeon™ series graphics cards.  The video will demonstrate the connection combinations possible so that three of more displays can be enabled at the same time.

To learn how to connect three or more displays to an AMD Radeon​ R series graphics card, refer to the following FAQ: 

For help on setting up AMD Eyefinity display groups, please see:

If you need to use adapters to connect one or more of your displays, please choose from the list of recommended adapters below:

9.01543/6/2015 12:17 PM
  
AMD Graphics Software and Drivers FAQFAQ

A complete uninstall of the current driver is required before installing the new graphics driver. A BSOD can occur when the installation process conflicts with the old driver.

Please refer to knowledge base articles GPU-57 and GPU-507 for uninstall and reinstall instructions of the AMD Catalyst software.​

2.0263/4/2015 1:05 PM
  
AMD FreeSync™ Technology FAQFAQ

​The DisplayPort Adaptive-Sync specification was ported from the Embedded DisplayPort specification through a proposal to the VESA group by AMD. DisplayPort Adaptive-Sync is an ingredient feature of a DisplayPort link and an industry standard that enables technologies like AMD FreeSync™ technology.​

2.02152/24/2015 9:32 AM
  
AMD FreeSync™ Technology FAQFAQ

​AMD has undertaken every necessary effort to enable AMD FreeSync™ technology in the display ecosystem. Monitor vendors are now integrating the DisplayPort Adaptive-Sync specification and productizing compatible displays. AMD is working closely with these vendors to bring products to market, and we expect compatible monitors in the 4Q14-1Q15 timeframe.

2.02172/24/2015 9:30 AM
  
AMD FreeSync™ Technology FAQFAQ
​DisplayPort Adaptive-Sync is an ingredient DisplayPort feature that enables real-time adjustment of monitor refresh rates required by technologies like AMD FreeSync™ technology. AMD FreeSync™ technology is a unique AMD hardware/software solution that utilizes DisplayPort Adaptive-Sync protocols to enable user-facing benefits: smooth, tearing-free and low-latency gameplay and video.​ Users are encouraged to read this interview​ to learn more.
3.02142/24/2015 9:29 AM
  
AMD FreeSync™ Technology FAQFAQ

​There are three key advantages AMD FreeSync™ technology holds over G-Sync: no licensing fees for adoption, no expensive or proprietary hardware modules, and no communication overhead. 

The last benefit is essential to gamers, as AMD FreeSync™ technology does not need to poll or wait on the display in order to determine when it’s safe to send the next frame to the monitor. 

AMD FreeSync™ technology uses industry-standard DisplayPort Adaptive-Sync protocols to pre-negotiate supported min/max refresh rates during plug’n’play, which means frame presentation to the user will never be delayed or impaired by time-consuming two-way handshakes.

 

2.02202/24/2015 9:28 AM
  
AMD FreeSync™ Technology FAQFAQ

AMD FreeSync™ technology’s ability to synchronize the refresh rate of a display to the framerate of a graphics card can eliminate visual artifacts that many gamers are especially sensitive to: screen tearing, input lag, and stuttering. AMD FreeSync™ technology aims to accomplish this through an open ecosystem that does not require licensing fees from participants, which encourages broad adoption and low end-user costs.

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2.02212/24/2015 9:27 AM
  
AMD FreeSync™ Technology FAQFAQ

​AMD Radeon™​ graphics cards will support a wide variety of dynamic refresh ranges with AMD FreeSync™ technology. Using DisplayPort Adaptive-Sync, the graphics card can detect and set an appropriate maximum and minimum refresh rate based on the capabilities reported by the display. Potential ranges include 36-240Hz, 21-144Hz, 17-120Hz and 9-60Hz.

2.02222/24/2015 9:25 AM
  
AMD FreeSync™ Technology FAQFAQ

 

To take advantage of the benefits of AMD FreeSync™ technology, users will require: a monitor compatible with DisplayPort Adaptive-Sync, a compatible AMD Radeon™​ GPU with a DisplayPort connection, and a compatible AMD Catalyst™ graphics driver. AMD plans to release a compatible graphics driver to coincide with the introduction of the first DisplayPort Adaptive-Sync monitors.
3.02162/24/2015 9:24 AM
  
AMD FreeSync™ Technology FAQFAQ

​An AMD Radeon™ graphics card compatible with AMD FreeSync™ technology uses the DisplayPort™ Adaptive-Sync specification to automatically determine the minimum and maximum refresh rates supported by a dynamic refresh-ready system. Using this approach, no communication must occur to negotiate the time a current frame remains on-screen, or to determine that is safe to send a new frame to the monitor.

By eliminating the need for ongoing communication with pre-negotiated screen update rates, AMD FreeSync™ technology can execute highly dynamic changes in frame presentation intervals without incurring communications overhead or latency penalties.

 

2.02242/24/2015 9:16 AM
  
AMD FreeSync™ Technology FAQFAQ

 

AMD has undertaken efforts to encourage broad adoption for AMD FreeSync™ technology, including:

  • Royalty-free licensing for monitor vendors;
  • Open and standardized monitor requirements (e.g. no non-standard display controllers or ASICs);
  • Industry-standard implementation via the DisplayPort Adaptive-Sync amendment to the DisplayPort 1.2a specification; and
  • interoperability with existing monitor technologies.

AMD is presently advocating these benefits to display vendors and working with their respective design teams to expand the capabilities of high-performance/gaming-oriented monitor lineups to include AMD FreeSync™ technology. While AMD cannot possibly guarantee that "every monitor" will adopt AMD FreeSync™ technology in time, we do believe that this approach is best to achieve wide industry support.

Additionally, it must be established that all dynamic refresh rate technologies require robust, high-performance LCD panels capable of utilizing a wide range of refresh rates without demonstrating visual artifacts. Such LCD panels naturally cost more to manufacture and validate than less capable panels, which may render dynamic refresh rate technologies economically unviable for especially cost-conscious monitors. Economies of scale and the maturation of dynamic refresh rate technologies could help alleviate this concern and further promote adoption in the future.

Learn more: What is the difference between AMD FreeSync™ technology and DisplayPort Adaptive-Sync ?

3.02252/23/2015 5:25 PM
  
AMD FreeSync™ Technology FAQFAQ

Virtually all monitors feature circuitry known as a “scaler,” which governs the interaction between the graphics card and the physical LCD panel. This essential circuitry also provides user-facing features like: audio output capabilities, display interfaces (e.g. DisplayPort™ or HDMI®), and the “OSD” (settings menu). AMDhas recently entered collaboration​​ with the industry’s largest scaler vendors (MStar, Novatek and Realtek) to create a range of monitor scalers ready for DisplayPort™ Adaptive-Sync by year end; these scalers will pave the way for retail monitor designs that offer compatibility with AMD’s FreeSync™ technology in 1Q15.​​

4.02272/23/2015 5:01 PM
  
AMD FreeSync™ Technology FAQFAQ

As of February 16, 2015, the following monitors are compatible with AMD FreeSync™ technology. Prices and availbility dates are determined by their respective manufacturers, and will be announced by these vendors at a later date:

​​​ManufacturerModel #SizeResolutionRefresh Rate
​BenQ​XL2730Z​27"​2560x1440​144Hz
​LG Electronics​29UM67​29"​2560x1080​75Hz
​LG Electronics​34UM67​34"​2560x1080​75Hz​
​Nixeus​NX-VUE24​24"​1920x1080​144Hz
​SamsungUE590​23.6",28"​3840x2160​60Hz
​SamsungUE850​23.6", 28", 31.5"​3840x2160​60Hz
​Viewsonic​VX2701mh​27"​1920x1080​144Hz
​Acer​​XG270HU​​27"2560x1440​144Hz


 

8.02842/23/2015 4:57 PM
  
AMD FreeSync™ Technology FAQFAQ

AMD FreeSync™ technology will utilize DisplayPort Adaptive-Sync protocols to enable dynamic refresh rates for video playback, gaming and power-saving scenarios. 

All AMD Radeon™ graphics cards in the AMD Radeon™ HD 7000, HD 8000, R7 or R9 Series will support AMD FreeSync™ technology for video playback and power-saving purposes. The AMD Radeon™ R9 295X2, 290X, R9 290, R9 285, R7 260X and R7 260 GPUs additionally feature updated display controllers that will support dynamic refresh rates during gaming.

AMD APUs codenamed "Kaveri," "Kabini," "Temash," "Beema" and "Mullins" also feature the necessary hardware capabilities to enable dynamic refresh rates for video playback, gaming and power-saving purposes. All products must be connected to a display that supports DisplayPort Adaptive-Sync.

 
It is our current understanding that the software architecture of select games may not be compatible with dynamic refresh rate technology like AMD FreeSync™ technology. In these instances, users will be able to toggle the activation of FreeSync in the AMD Catalyst™​ driver.
5.02192/23/2015 4:46 PM
  
AMD FreeSync™ Technology FAQFAQ

 

The basic benefit of AMD FreeSync™ technology is the dynamic refresh rate ("DRR"), which allows the graphics card to synchronize the refresh rate of a monitor 1:1 with the framerate of an AMD Radeon™ GPU. With DRR, gamers can  experience the full range of framerates produced by a graphics card without clamping to some divisor of the monitor’s refresh rate (e.g. 30 or 45 FPS). Because AMD FreeSync™ technology can eliminate the large jumps in framerates induced by traditional v-sync, the result in noticeably smoother gameplay.

 
Gamers especially sensitive to input latency — a delay between mouse movement and cursor movement — will also see a distinct increase in responsiveness.

 
Finally, running a game at full framerates (e.g. without v-sync) would typically introduce nasty horizontal tearing, but AMD FreeSync™ technology also eliminates tearing as a rule. AMD FreeSync™ technology is a "best of all worlds" solution from the perspective of smoothness, image quality and responsiveness.

4.02232/23/2015 4:42 PM
  
AMD FreeSync™ Technology FAQFAQ

 

 
AMD FreeSync™ technology is an AMD effort to leverage industry standards, like DisplayPort Adaptive-Sync, to deliver dynamic refresh rates. Dynamic refresh rates synchronize the refresh rate of a compatible monitor to the framerate of a user’s AMD Radeon™ graphics to maximally reduce input latency and reduce or fully eliminate stuttering/juddering/tearing during gaming and video playback.​
5.02122/23/2015 4:38 PM
  
AMD FreeSync™ Technology FAQFAQ

 

 

With AMD FreeSync™ technology, an AMD Radeon™ graphics card directly controls display timings. Direct control eliminates the need for polling or waiting on the display, which could impact latency and performance.

Upon connecting a AMD FreeSync™ technology-enabled monitor to a compatible AMD Radeon™ graphics card, the minimum and maximum times between the display of new frames (the vblank period) is exposed to the GPU via DisplayPort Adaptive-Sync. Because the minimum/maximum vblank period is known to the graphics card, successive frames will intelligently be sent within those boundaries. Predictive or speculative timing is not required under this model, and the GPU will adjust the display's refresh rate to match the current frame rate.

If an upcoming frame is delivered outside of the monitor's supported vblank period, that frame will be immediately presented on-screen when available to ensure the fastest possible screen update.

10.02262/23/2015 4:33 PM
  
AMD CrossFire™ FAQFAQ

​Please refer to the troubleshooting steps in "I do not see any AMD CrossFire™ option in the AMD Catalyst™ Control Center?" FAQ​

2.024011/21/2014 8:47 AM
  
Multimonitor FAQFAQ

​Absolutely. In fact, connecting an HDTV to an AMD graphics product is really no different than connecting a monitor.

AMD recommends that you connect the HDTV via HDMI. If you wish to connect an HDTV in addition to multiple monitors, then:

  1. The first non-TV display may be connected to any output (HDMI, DVI, VGA, DP).
  2. The TV should be connected to HDMI.
  3. The remaining displays must be connected to the GPU's DisplayPort outputs. You may use active DisplayPort adapters if these remaining displays don't natively offer support for DisplayPort.
1.028311/19/2014 10:23 AM
  
Multimonitor FAQFAQ

​On the hardware level, each graphics chip we manufacture is equipped with the ability to support a certain maximum number of displays. The graphics chip is then connected to display outputs (like DVI or DisplayPort), which allow you to physically connect displays. The number and type of display outputs will vary based upon the product and its display output configuration.

On the software side, the AMD Catalyst™ driver suite is the one-stop shop for configuring the way your connected displays actually behave. From configuring the orientation to combining their resolutions (more on that later), AMD Catalyst™ makes it easy to get multiple displays up and running.

2.028011/19/2014 10:21 AM
  
Multimonitor FAQFAQ

​Many people have never noticed, but the rear face of many monitors offer four threaded holes to receive bolts. These aren't random: they're VESA MIS-D 100 or VESA MIS-D 75 mounting holes. These two technical standards are what allow people to buy off-the-shelf wall mounts and stands that quickly and easily fit any TV or monitor.

To that point, XFX makes a fantastic triple monitor stand built specifically with AMD Eyefinity technology in mind. Supporting three displays up to 24", it has adjustable arms, a USB hub, cable management, and audio ports. The great thing about this stand is that the part that sits on your desk isn't a whole lot bigger than a single monitor, which makes it perfect for folks with limited desk space.

1.027911/19/2014 10:20 AM
  
Multimonitor FAQFAQ

​AMD Eyefinity technology is a solution developed by AMD that allows consumers to run up to six simultaneous displays off of a single graphics card. This is a unique feature of AMD graphics products that cannot be found on any other consumer graphics solution at this time.

More importantly for consumers, AMD Eyefinity technology is not a feature we reserve for our most expensive products. Indeed, AMD Eyefinity technology is available on more than 45 consumer and professional-grade products. These products cover a very large spectrum of prices, giving you the flexibility to find the solution that you need.

1.027411/19/2014 10:15 AM
  
Multimonitor FAQFAQ

​Offering and supporting a relatively new display output standard is not without its growing pains. Like DVI and HDMI when they were new, it will take time for the ecosystem of DisplayPort-compatible products to mature.

In the meantime, AMD has worked very closely with its partners to introduce inexpensive active adapters that will let you connect DVI displays with resolutions up to 1920x1200 to a DisplayPort output.

As DVI is the primary connector type for today's LCD monitors, these adapters will help bridge the gap for users looking to migrate to the superior DisplayPort standard without breaking the bank on new monitors. And for users looking to add a few additional monitors to enable AMD Eyefinity technology, the adapters permit any DVI monitor to do the job.​

1.027311/19/2014 10:14 AM
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