Article Number: GPU-754


This article provides information on how to enable/disable AMD FreeSync as well as limitation when running Linux.

The Content of this article is organized into the following sections:

    • Checking System Compatibility With AMD FreeSync
    • Enabling/Disabling AMD FreeSync
    • Limitation of AMD FreeSync on Linux

Checking system compatibility with AMD FreeSync

AMD FreeSync is supported on the following Linux distribution:

    • Ubuntu 16.04.1

AMD FreeSync is supported the following AMD graphics products

AMD Product Family Compatibility  ​
 Radeon™ RX 480 Graphics AMD Radeon™ R9 M395X Graphics
 Radeon™ RX 470 Graphics AMD Radeon™ R9 M385 Graphics
 Radeon™ RX 460 Graphics AMD Radeon™ R9 M380 Graphics
 AMD Radeon™ R9 Fury X Graphics AMD Radeon™ R9 M270X Graphics
 AMD Radeon™ R9 Fury Graphics AMD Radeon™ R9 360 Graphics
 AMD Radeon™ R9 Nano Graphics AMD Radeon™ R9 290X Graphics
 AMD Radeon™ R9 390X Graphics AMD Radeon™ R9 290 Graphics
 AMD Radeon™ R9 390 Graphics AMD Radeon™ R9 285 Graphics
 AMD Radeon™ R9 380X Graphics AMD Radeon™ R7 260X Graphics
 AMD Radeon™ R9 380 Graphics AMD Radeon™ R7 260 Graphics


Please note that you must have a Display Port Freesync compatible monitor.

FreeSync over HDMI is not currently supported

To verify that your system supports FreeSync, please follow these steps:

  • Run 'DISPLAY=:0 xrandr --prop'
  • The output will show EDID information for all displays. Noteworthy parameters are the following:
  • freesync_capable
    • 0 = display does not support FreeSync
    • 1 = display supports FreeSync
  • freesync
    • 0 = FreeSync is currently disabled
    • 1 = FreeSync is currently enabled
  • Display hot-plug/unplug is not fully supported with FreeSync; please start your system with the FreeSync display connected.

Enabling/Disabling AMD FreeSync

In order to enable FreeSync, please run the following terminal command:

    • DISPLAY=:0 xrandr --output DisplayPort-# --set "freesync" 1
      where # is your display's number (e.g., DisplayPort-0).

In order to disable FreeSync, please run the following terminal command:

    • DISPLAY=:0 xrandr --output DisplayPort-# --set "freesync" 0
      where # is your display's number (e.g., DisplayPort-0).

You can check what enumeration your FreeSync display receives beforehand by entering the same command used to check FreeSync support.

Limitation of AMD FreeSync on Linux

    • For FreeSync to work in OpenGL applications, V-Sync must be turned ON. If V-Sync is OFF, flipping may not occur hence FreeSync will not be engaged. Please note that if the individual application does not have V-Sync options, you can set it globally by modifying /etc/amd/amdrc (change the parameter ‘OGLWaitVerticalSync’  from 1 to 3)
    • FreeSync should not be engaged on desktop or video playback
    • FreeSync enable setting is set on a per-display connection basis
    • FreeSync enable setting does not retain after display hotplug or system restart (e.g., need to manually re-enable FreeSync via terminal command)
    • In multi-display configurations, FreeSync will NOT be engaged (even if both FreeSync displays are identical)
    • FreeSync via HDMI is not supported for this feature. Only DP FreeSync displays will work.

Currently AMD Freesync is supported on the following applications

    • Phoronix test suite (PTS)
    • Unigine Valley
    • Unigine Heaven
    • Metro Last Light
    • Civilization 5
    • Witcher 2
    • DOTA2
    • TF 2
    • Counter Strike Source
    • Rocket League
    • Ark Survival Evolved
    • XCOM2
    • glxgears