Originally Posted by TranquilTempest
The way I see it, Nvidia is taking responsibility for the end user experience, and AMD is blaming the problem on monitor manufacturers and inertia. What matters is that SOMEBODY finally decided to disrupt the market.
As for the demo, I have a lot of questions:
How does the interface behave when framerate is changing quickly/unpredictably?
Does total latency match g-sync?
Do any existing desktop monitors support it?
Have any monitor manufacturers committed to develop it?
How many months/years will it take to get it on my desk?
Agreed. I too am glad that it is finally being addressed.
As far as the demo:
1) Unknown, there are no hard numbers.
2) Unknown, there are no hard numbers.
3) No. No desktop monitor supports eDP1.0, which is required to do what they did. AMD is HOPING that the Display Port group will add the needed functionality that they used in the eDP1.0 standard to the upcoming DP1.3 standard, which isn't even finalized yet, and won't be for 60-90 days. That also means, as you guessed, since DP1.3 isn't finalized, NO desktop monitors out there support DP1.3 and most likely none will until 2015.
4) No. Not have publicly said that they will or will not.
5) At the very least, if VBLANK makes it into the final DP1.3 standard, and someone eats the cost of the ASIC in the monitor (because AMD has stated they aren't going to do what nVidia did and design a card like G-Sync, AMD is relying on the monitor manufacturers, which so far haven't said they will do anything, much less spend the money in designing this needed ASIC to take advantage of "FreeSync" ... I wouldn't expect to see any desktop monitor support "FreeSync" until mid 2015 or 2016. Assuming everything goes AMD's way with the Display Port group and monitor companies don't mind fitting the bill for a competing standard that many of them already have signed on with nVidia and G-Sync.