Major Nvidia performance hit expected? Along with modifications for the new God of War PC port, Nvidia’s newest game-ready driver adds a feature that may allow you to increase the visual quality of games that your graphics card can comfortably handle. You can run “most games” at a higher resolution than your display natively supports using Nvidia’s Deep Learning Dynamic Super Resolution, or DLDSR, technology.
For years, Nvidia’s Dynamic Super Resolution (DSR) has been in use. Traditional DirectShowRendering (DSR) produces games at a greater resolution than your display can support, and then downscales them to fit on your screen at full resolution.
Better visual clarity is the result, although performance suffers as a result (you are asking your GPU to do more work, after all). When playing a game in 4K, but only having a 1440p display, you may utilise DSR to improve the quality of the visuals.
Similar to DLDSR, DLDSR utilises artificial intelligence (AI) to improve the image. To put it another way: Nvidia claims this means you can upscale less (and so lose less performance) while still achieving the same image quality gains.
When it comes to real figures, Nvidia states that operating at four times the resolution utilising DSR with DLDSR will give you the same image quality as running at 2.25 times the resolution. Using Prey: Digital Deluxe as an example, Nvidia shows how it performs on a 1080p display: DSR operates at 108 frames per second whereas DLDSR runs at 143 frames per second, which is only two frames per second slower than operating at native 1080p resolution.
Nvidia, of course, is going to offer one of the best-case scenarios, so you might want to take those fantastic statistics with a grain of salt. It’s possible to achieve various results depending on the game you’re playing, both in terms of FPS and DLDSR settings. Even if you don’t have an RTX card, you may be able to play around with it using one of your favourite older games, given that it has wider game support.
Nvidia’s Deep Learning Super Sampling (DLSS) solution, which uses deep learning to improve picture quality and speed, has previously received high accolades. DLSS, on the other hand, can only be used in games that expressly support it, and there are only a few of those (though, as of today, it includes the God of War).
Visuals card rival AMD has also unveiled technology to increase performance and graphics in a wide range of games. To achieve the same effect as DLSS or DLDSR, AMD has developed its upscaling technology dubbed virtual super-resolution, which it refers to as Radeon Super Resolution.
DLDSR may be tested by updating to the latest Nvidia driver and then using the Nvidia Control Panel. Select one of the DL Scaling choices from the DSR – Factors drop-down menu in Manage 3D Settings.