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Question Freesync system requirements

Shmee

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Kind of a noob question here, but do AMD drivers support freesync on Windows 7? I was wondering as I have a friend with an R9 390X on windows 7 with what should be a freesync monitor. He is using DVI currently though. Before he goes out to buy a DP or HDMI cable, will latest drivers support freesync on Windows 7?

I don't know myself as I have not used Windows 7 in years, and I read somewhere that freesync needs windows 10. Thanks!
 

VirtualLarry

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I was under the impression that FreeSync required Windows 10 as well, take that with a big grain of salt. I have no supporting documentation for that viewpoint. Only that many of AMD's advanced features in their drivers, DO require Windows 10.
 

Stuka87

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Kind of a noob question here, but do AMD drivers support freesync on Windows 7? I was wondering as I have a friend with an R9 390X on windows 7 with what should be a freesync monitor. He is using DVI currently though. Before he goes out to buy a DP or HDMI cable, will latest drivers support freesync on Windows 7?

I don't know myself as I have not used Windows 7 in years, and I read somewhere that freesync needs windows 10. Thanks!
Windows 8.1 and older do NOT support variable refresh rate (WDDM 2.0 is required). Windows 10 is a requirement, for both nVidia and AMD implementations of FreeSync.
 

Chicken76

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Up until December I ran Win8.1 with Freesync ON. It should run on Windows 7 too, as I was using the Win7 driver (no Win8.1 drivers for a while now).
It won't work on DVI though. You need DisplayPort or HDMI. You'll have to look into the monitor's specs to see on which ports it supports Freesync.
 
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