Major Display Tech Overhaul Coming To Radeon GPUs in 2016

AMD is currently working on a bunch of new feature-set additions to its Radeon GPUs that focus on display technology. AMD will first be redesigning FreeSync to work over HDMI. Currently the technology requires a DisplayPort 1.2a connection to work. Now it is not as if every current HDMI display will support this version of FreeSync, the display will have to have support for FreeSync over HDMI. AMD has provided a partial list of upcoming displays that support FreeSync over HDMI.

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AMD will then be implementing high dynamic range (HDR) support on next-gen Radeon GPUs. AMD’s current Radeon GPUs already support 10-bit (30-bit color or 1.07 billion colors, compared to 16.7 million colors on 32-bit); on desktop, Direct3D, and OpenGL applications. HDR will make images more life-like and according to AMD 1080p HDR will look better than 4K SDR content. AMD will be working with developers to get HDR content in upcoming games.

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HDR will add data load to existing displays so AMD will be looking to implement DisplayPort 1.3 HBR3 in its next generation of Radeon GPUs. This display interconnect has a bandwidth of 32.4 Gb/s which is 80% higher than HDMI 2.0. This will enable 5K (5120 x 2880 pixels) at 60 Hz, over a single connector at SDR; 4K (3840 x 2160 pixels) at 120 Hz SDR or 60 Hz HDR, 3K (3440 x 1440 pixels) at 190 Hz with SDR and 144 Hz HDR; WQHD (2560 x 1440 pixels) at 240 Hz SDR and 170 Hz HDR; and FHD (1920 x 1080 pixels) at 240 Hz on both HDR and SDR.

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Source: TechPowerUp! | News Archive

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