Nvidia’s AI-powered scaling makes old games look better without a huge performance hit

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Deep Learning Dynamic Super Resolution was added in the latest driver for RTX cards

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Nvidia’s latest game-ready drivers include a tool that should allow you to improve the image quality of games that your graphics card can run smoothly, as well as optimize for newer games. God of war PC port. The technology is called Deep Learning Dynamic Super Resolution, or DLDSR, and Nvidia says you can use it to make “most games” appear sharper, running at a higher resolution than your monitor natively supports. Is.


DLDSR is based on Nvidia’s Dynamic Super Resolution technology, which has been around for years. Essentially, regular old DSR renders a game at a higher resolution than your monitor and then downgrades it to your monitor’s native resolution. This leads to an image with better sharpness, but usually comes with a drop in performance (you’re asking your GPU to do more work, after all). So, for example, if you had a graphics card capable of running games at 4K but only a 1440p monitor, you could use DSR to boost clarity.

DLDSR takes the same concept and incorporates AI which can also work to enhance the image. According to Nvidia, this means you can upscale less (and therefore lose less performance) while still getting the same image quality improvement. In real numbers, Nvidia claims you’ll get the same image quality with DLDSR running at four times the resolution using a DSR with just 2.25 times the resolution. Nvidia 2017’s . gives an example using Hunting: Digital Deluxe Running on 1080p Monitor: 4 x The DSR runs at 108 FPS, while the 2.25x DLDSR is getting 143 FPS, just two frames per second slower than running at native 1080p.

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Of course, you might want to take those impressive results with a grain of salt, as Nvidia clearly wants to show off one of the best examples. In the real world, you can get different results with different games, both in terms of FPS and what settings you need to run to keep DLDSR looking crisp. However, given its extensive game support, you’ll probably be able to play around with it using one of your favorite older titles—though you’ll still need an RTX card, and getting them just isn’t exactly easy.

This isn’t the first time Nvidia has used deep learning to improve image quality and performance — it has received much praise for its Deep Learning Super Sampling, or DLSS, system. However, DLSS needs to be specifically supported by the game, and the list of games you can use it with is relatively small (although, as of today, it includes God of war,

AMD, Nvidia’s graphics card competitor, has also announced technology to improve performance and graphics on a wide range of games. It calls its approach Radeon Super Resolution, and while it does not use the same methods as DLSS or DLDSR (AMD has its own upscaling technique called virtual super resolution), it is aiming towards the same goal.

If you want to try Nvidia’s DLDSR, update to the latest driver, then open the Nvidia Control Panel app. Go to Manage 3D Settings, click the DSR – Factor drop-down, and select one of the DL scaling options.

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