Mesa RadeonSI Lands FreeSync / Adaptive-Sync Support That Pair With Linux 4.21

Written by Michael Larabel in Radeon on 28 December 2018 at 01:00 PM EST. 27 Comments
With the FreeSync support for AMD GPUs having been merged this week into Linux 4.21, the associated user-space patches are landing now for rounding out this AMD Radeon FreeSync / Adaptive-Sync / VRR support as we enter 2019.

Hitting Mesa 19.0-devel today was the DRI3 loader support around the new DRM Adaptive-Sync / Variable Refresh property and enabling the option for the RadeonSI OpenGL driver. At the moment there is no FreeSync / Adaptive-Sync support for RADV Vulkan. Also, we haven't seen any FreeSync/Adaptive-Sync work on the Wayland front at this time.

To make it completely clear: the Mesa 19.0 code must be used in conjunction with Linux 4.21+, using just one or the other will not yield working support. There are also patches recently merged for FreeSync support within the xf86-video-amdgpu DDX driver.

I'll be firing up some AMD FreeSync support in the days ahead, hopefully over the weekend if time allows. More details on FreeSync and the open-source AMDGPU driver support via this earlier article.
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