AMD released a new feature this week to show off its new Radeon RX and Ryzen hardware while running Far Cry 6 to showcase its new AMD FidelityFX Super Resolution (FSR), and the results were pretty impressive.
Admittedly, the video was specifically designed to show off FSR at its best, but the video showed off its real-time ray tracing chops, as well as a 40% to 45% increase in frames per second with FSR turned on. Showed improvement, which is certainly not nothing.
AMD and Nvidia are in an escalating battle over which Super Sampling technology has better performance, better third-party support, and so on — so we definitely see why AMD would want to flex its muscles a bit. The company’s technology has come a long way since playing catch up in previous generations when Nvidia pioneered ray tracing and deep learning super sampling (DLSS) resolution with its Turing GPUs, to which AMD had no real answer. .
Whether FSR can consistently improve performance north of 40% remains to be seen, and as far as that goes, we’ve certainly got those temporary doubt bubbles over our heads. This marketing feature needs to be taken with a healthy bit of salt, as AMD isn’t going to show a sizzle reel with the jerky framerates and weak performance it could have gotten behind the scenes.
That said, reports have been generally positive about AMD’s FSR, both from developers and players who have tried it, so you should definitely still see improvements. When Far Cry 6 launches on October 7, we’ll be able to see for ourselves how well AMD’s FSR technology stacks up to one of the most anticipated and sought-after AAA releases of the year.
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Nvidia’s DLSS is tied to its RTX cards, so the GTX 1060, currently the most popular graphics card in use according to the most recent Steam hardware survey for August 2021, is left to the vine.
Gamers, builders, and enthusiasts who held off on upgrading until the release of the new Nvidia Ampere and AMD RDNA 2 have spent the past year trying to find a card, any card they can upgrade to as stock. Huh. t kept pace with demand – not to mention all the bots and cryptomining operations soaking up massive amounts of supply.
But while Nvidia’s DLSS is only for RTX cards, AMD is promising that its FSR technology will be available not only on previous-generation cards, but also on some of Nvidia’s older cards, like the GTX 1060.
For a lot of gamers, AMD’s FSR may be the only super sampling technology in town, and will at least have some potential to improve gaming performance. Seeing as how Scipian’s is falling both online and off chasing stocks, we may have to improve our performance where we can get them.
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