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 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 on a Windows® Based System

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

  1. Open 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 can also be turned off from this menu. 

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

 

Adjusting Radeon FreeSync Within Individual Application Profiles

Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition 17.12.1 introduced a new feature that allows Radeon™ FreeSync™ to be adjusted on a per application profile basis.

For more information on how to add an application profile to Radeon Settings, please refer to article: Creating Application Profiles.

Once the profile has been created there are three options to adjust Radeon FreeSync for the application, which are:

    • AMD Optimized – This is the default option which will automatically select the optimal Radeon FreeSync setting (On/Off).
    • On – Enables Radeon FreeSync.
    • Off – Disables Radeon FreeSync

Note! Radeon FreeSync can only be adjusted on a per application basis if the AMD FreeSync option is set to On within the Display menu.  For more information on enabling Radeon FreeSync, please see the section above: Enabling Radeon FreeSync™ in Radeon™ Settings.

Follow the steps below to adjust Radeon™ FreeSync™ on a per application basis.

1.       Open 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 AMDRadeon Settings from the Programs menu

2.       Select the Gaming tab

3.       Select your desired application, Battlefield 1 is used in this example.

4.       Set AMD FreeSync to On or Off.

5.       Once the selection has been made close Radeon Settings.


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