All HP Laptops with AMD Chips will Have FreeSync Tech by the End of 2016
HP is bringing AMD’s FreeSync technology to its HP Envy 15z laptops. The machines will be powered by AMD’s 6th Generation Carrizo A-series processors, and are scheduled to launch sometime during the first half of this year. By the end of the year, HP plans to put FreeSync in all of its AMD-powered consumer laptops.
FreeSync is AMD’s variable-refresh-rate graphics technology that enhances gameplay experience by reducing image tearing and stuttering effects. The technology is already available on a few laptops like the Lenovo Y700, but with HP adding it to mid-range laptops will expose Freesync to a much wider audience.
Also, it will give the US-based chip maker an edge over its graphics rival Nvidia, which offers competing technology called G-Sync.
The specifications and pricing of the FreeSync-enabled Envy 15z are not revealed yet. But, based on the current Envy 15z model which starts at $499, a version featuring Carrizo FX-8800P APU with four Excavator cores and eight Radeon R7 compute units could set you back around $559.
Currently, a majority of HP laptops pack Intel chips, but according to AMD’s recent announcement, more HP laptops will be powered by its hardware by the end of 2016. We’re not sure if HP plans to replace some of its Intel-powered lineup with more AMD chips, or it will offer new products with FreeSync equipped displays.