Nvidia’s upscaling technology is said to make miracles come true in the third generation. This is also advisable, because there is more competition with AMD FSR and soon Intel XeSS.
During the presentation of the GeForce RTX 4090 and the two RTX 4080, Nvidia also gave us a look at the next generation of its Deep Learning Super Sampling (DLSS). According to Lederjacken CEO Jensen Huang, DLSS 3 can increase performance by up to three times compared to rendering in the native resolution.
As an example, Nvidia showed Cyberpunk 2077. Without DLSS 3, the game ran at less than 30 FPS. With DLSS 3, the frame rate increased to around 100. With DLSS 2, 60 FPS would have been possible in the scenario.
As a second example, Nvidia showed the Microsoft Flight Simulator – a notoriously hardware-limited game. Here the jump in performance was smaller, but no less impressive. From a 50 frame rate range, it went straight up to 100 FPS.
DLSS uses machine learning to make lower resolutions (and their frame rates) look like higher resolutions. So a game can look like it was rendered in 4K, but the Nvidia graphics card only calculated it in 1080p (with their frame rates) and the algorithms did the rest. The latest version should not only help with GPU-limited titles, but also with CPU bottlenecks – up to 100%.
DLSS 3 also supports Nvidia Reflex. This should reduce latency and improve response times. The secret lies in artificial intelligence. The Ada Lovelace architecture analyzes two frames in the game and calculates the vector data for moving objects and elements itself instead of waiting for the game engine data. So the new RTX40 generation guesses your frames – supposedly up to 87.5% of them.
Earlier versions of DLSS also work on the RTX 20 series graphics cards. DLSS 3 will only be available on Nvidia’s new 40 series graphics cards. The reasons given are the new fourth-generation Tensor Cores and the Optical Flow Accelerator on the GPU.
Nvidia was the first major player to introduce AI upscaling technology. Competitor AMD later followed with “FidelityFX Super Resolution” for its graphics cards. In practice, however, Nvidia’s solution was significantly more powerful. Intel is also working on Xe Super Sampling (XeSS). Initial results are positive, but there is a lack of data from practice.
Nevertheless, the competition is intensifying and as things currently stand, Nvidia has the edge thanks to its early start and focus on artificial intelligence. Here is a list of all the apps and games that will support Nvidia DLSS 3 when it launches on October 12th:
In any case, we are very much looking forward to testing the RTX 4090 and the two RTX 4080 graphics cards. Both promise a lot and even if a few details are still missing, we can be curious to see whether the leaks on energy hunger will be confirmed.