We may be about to see the floodgates open for monitors featuring AMD's FreeSync variable-refresh technology. The company says FreeSync monitors can now be found in "select regions" in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, with the necessary drivers for single- and multi-GPU configurations to follow. Here's the full statement:
AMD is very excited that monitors compatible with AMD FreeSync™ technology are now available in select regions in EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa). We know gamers are excited to bring home an incredibly smooth and tearing-free PC gaming experience powered by AMD Radeon™ GPUs and AMD A-Series APUs. We’re pleased to announce that a compatible AMD Catalyst™ graphics driver to enable AMD FreeSync™ technology for single-GPU configurations will be publicly available on AMD.com starting March 19, 2015. Support for AMD CrossFire™ configurations will be available the following month in April 2015.
Observant readers may note that FreeSync support was already baked into the Catalyst Omega driver released in December. According to AMD, Catalyst Omega's variable-refresh functionality is meant for developers. The FreeSync support in the upcoming Catalyst releases will be ready for the general public.
In any case, the prospect of more competition in the variable-refresh monitor arena is exciting. We hope to get our hands on a FreeSync monitor or two soon.