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Hey guys,

I am noticing an issue with these drivers and wanted to reach out and see if anyone else is noticing this issue as well. I have a 144hz monitor and I am noticing that when I am on my desktop I notice that it looks as if the refresh rate is fluctuating or something like to 60hz or so. When I turn off freesync it seems to remedy this issue or if I move a window around the screen the refresh rate seems to go to it's normal 144hz and then drop back down.

Has anyone else experienced this happening on there system? It's pretty annoying to have to turn off freesync to maintain the 144hz that I am used to and then turn it back on when I want to play a game.
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Yes I had that problem since 16.7.3 with Freesync. Flickering while watch video and on Desktop refresh rate jump between 30hz and 144hz. I emailed them couple days ago and they told me to fill out a form. I'm using 16.7.2 WHQL with no problem.

BTW I have R9 290x.
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Yes I had that problem since 16.7.3 with Freesync. Flickering while watch video and on Desktop refresh rate jump between 30hz and 144hz. I emailed them couple days ago and they told me to fill out a form. I'm using 16.7.2 WHQL with no problem.

BTW I have R9 290x.

I can confirm that the exact same thing is happening too. When I saw you post 30Hz with FreeSync On I looked at your rig build and saw you have one of our monitors - one if not the only FreeSync Monitor that does 30Hz to 144Hz. The Hz is fluctuating because of FPS is lower on desktop I think.

A quick fix for this would be to enable GPU scaling in Radeon Settings for the video output to that monitor:





How ever this works only if the FreeSync monitor is your primary monitor. If it is the secondary monitor (or you have more than one FreeSync monitor) - that secondary will sit at the lowest FPS/Hz that your monitor can support with FreeSync ON, and the FPS/Hz goes up with there is mouse cursor movement or action in that secondary screen.

There was a reddit post on r/AMD but reddit seems to be down for a moment so I can't link the post yet.
Edited by Peter Nixeus - 8/11/16 at 4:32pm
 
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I can confirm that the exact same thing is happening too. When I saw you post 30Hz with FreeSync On I looked at your rig build and saw you have one of our monitors - one if not the only FreeSync Monitor that does 30Hz to 144Hz. The Hz is fluctuating because of FPS is lower on desktop I think.

A quick fix for this would be to enable GPU scaling in Radeon Settings for the video output to that monitor:





How ever this works only if the FreeSync monitor is your primary monitor. If it is the secondary monitor (or you have more than one FreeSync monitor) - that secondary will sit at the lowest FPS/Hz that your monitor can support with FreeSync ON, and it goes up with there is mouse cursor movement or action in that secondary screen.

There was a reddit post on r/AMD but reddit seems to be down for a moment so I can't like the post yet.

That's good to know. I'm using 16.7.2 driver and it's solid 144hz on desktop or watching video with Freesync on (no flickering). Hopefully AMD fixes this on the next driver.
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I just ended up rolling back to 16.7.3 for the time being. Seems to be working fine. But thanks everyone for all the responses!
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Hey guys,

I am noticing an issue with these drivers and wanted to reach out and see if anyone else is noticing this issue as well. I have a 144hz monitor and I am noticing that when I am on my desktop I notice that it looks as if the refresh rate is fluctuating or something like to 60hz or so. When I turn off freesync it seems to remedy this issue or if I move a window around the screen the refresh rate seems to go to it's normal 144hz and then drop back down.

Has anyone else experienced this happening on there system? It's pretty annoying to have to turn off freesync to maintain the 144hz that I am used to and then turn it back on when I want to play a game.

So, I had an issue with the last two drivers messing with refresh rates. Even when I would reset them to my 144hz it seemed that Radeon Settings kept changing it back to 60hz. Im not using FreeSync at all. However, I noticed that on every reboot the refresh went back to 60hz. I posted here the only way I was able to get the drivers to recognize and keep the 144hz refresh rate. Its a little weird but it was the only thing that worked. Here is what got it to work after trying many many weird things:

http://www.overclock.net/t/1606791/16-7-3-driver-locked-fps-0-gpu-usage/0_30#post_25380439

Now, Ive been playing No Mans Sky all day. And Performance isnt terrible but Im tempted to try latest drivers again. (So that is why I am here reading up on issues people are having) In the end, it was better for me to rollback to an older driver. Since my card is older I fear that AMD isnt going to be making drivers that help me any further. Maybe Im wrong. I hope I am. Because I love these cards and they arent making cards like this anymore (290x Lightning)
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