Intel will reportedly support VESA Adaptive Sync technology in the future

By Scorpus
Aug 20, 2015
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    Intel's Chief Graphics Software Architect David Blythe has confirmed to The Tech Report that the company will support the VESA Adaptive Sync standard in its products at some point in the future. This would allow PCs powered solely by Intel processors to reap the benefits of variable refresh displays.

    While Blythe said that Intel does plan to support the optional Adaptive Sync extension of the DisplayPort standard, there is no timeframe for when this support will be integrated into its products. There is a good chance that new hardware will be required for variable refresh on Intel CPUs, so support could still be several generations away.

    However if Intel does eventually integrate Adaptive Sync support into their products, Intel users will be able to use the variable refresh capabilities of the entire range of FreeSync monitors already on the market. FreeSync is essentially AMD's marketing term for the VESA Adaptive Sync standard, which is already supported in their latest GPUs and drivers.

    Intel has quite a lot to gain from supporting Adaptive Sync. The company's integrated GPUs tend to be adequate enough for light gaming, but they're not particularly powerful, so it's often difficult to achieve solid or consistent frame rates. Adding support for Adaptive Sync would make gaming at lower frame rates much more palatable.

    On the other hand, if Intel decides to support Adaptive Sync, it may spell the end for Nvidia's competing technology, G-Sync. G-Sync essentially provides the same benefits as Adaptive Sync, but the technology is proprietary, requires a dedicated chip in most situations, and is more expensive to implement.

    If Adaptive Sync displays become more widespread and more widely supported, Nvidia may have to concede defeat and ditch G-Sync in favor of the VESA standard.

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  2. alabama man

    alabama man TS Maniac Posts: 202   +100

    Ummm, Nvidia dominates pc gaming gpu market so how could they loose? Do you have any figures to support theses claims? If anything G-sync wins if no real contender enters the arena. Would prefer if VESA thing was standard and all would use it but as I said Amd is at all time low with no hope in sight and when there's no other companies making these products there's no real competition for g-sync. Anyone who uses integrated graphic don't know or care about these things so intels move doesn't contribute one bit.
  3. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 6,352   +1,945

    Neither tech really interests me, I'll buy into whichever one when the time comes to replace my monitors and you simply can't buy a screen without one of the technologies being incorporated at no extra cost.
    That said I wouldn't mind seeing G-Sync going of the way of the dinosaur, an open standard is far better than anything proprietary.
  4. ChuckyDhaBeast

    ChuckyDhaBeast TS Enthusiast Posts: 35   +13

    Exactly what I think... It's Nvidia with now 80% of the discrete market vs a shrinking Amd market and a bunch of non-gaming pc.
  5. Evernessince

    Evernessince TS Evangelist Posts: 1,107   +533

    Intel owns much of the iGPU market, which is much larger than the dedicated market. It's a good decision by Intel because adaptive sync is the only tech that can be integrated on the cheap. Nvidia charges an arm and a leg because they can.
  6. unrealmp3

    unrealmp3 TS Enthusiast Posts: 51

    I hope the non-proprietary standard will win over time.

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