How to Enable Radeon™ FreeSync™

Article Number: DH-013

Radeon™ FreeSync™ is an AMD technology designed to eliminate stuttering and/or tearing in games and videos by locking a display's refresh rate to the framerate of the graphics card.

This document provides instructions how to enable Radeon FreeSync and contains the following sections:

Radeon FreeSync™ Requirements

A Radeon FreeSync™ capable monitor and a supported AMD Radeon™ Graphics card or an AMD A-Series APU is required. Radeon FreeSync currently works with applications using DirectX® 9 or higher. 

Information on supported hardware, monitor refresh rates, and other Radeon FreeSync resources is available at: Radeon Freesync™ Technology.

Monitor Configuration

Please ensure that the Radeon FreeSync capable monitor has been properly configured.  Using the On Screen Display (OSD) controls on the monitor, verify that:

    • Radeon FreeSync is enabled
    • Anti-Blur is disabled
    • DisplayPort is set to 1.2 or higher

Since not all of these settings may be available or may be described differently depending on the make and model of the monitor, please refer to the monitor's user manual.

Note! To take advantage of the full capabilities of the monitor, installing the latest monitor driver provided by the manufacturer may be required.

Enabling Radeon FreeSync™ in AMD Radeon™ Settings

First ensure that the graphics device has the latest driver successfully installed.  For information on how to install the latest graphics driver, please refer to article: How to Install Radeon™ Software Crimson ReLive Edition on a Windows® Based System

After installing the display driver, FreeSync™ should be enabled by default in AMD Radeon Settings.  To verify that FreeSync is enabled in the driver:

  1. Open AMD Radeon Settings. This can be done in any of the following ways:
              1. Right click on your desktop and select AMD Radeon Settings

              2. Click on the Radeon Settings icon in the System Tray

              3. Select Radeon Settings from the Programs menu
  2. Select Display

  3. Confirm that the Radeon FreeSync turned ON.  Radeon FreeSync an also be turned off from this menu.

  4. Once changes have been made, close Radeon Settings.