Say hello to Radeon’s long-awaited answer to Nvidia’s DLSS technology. AMD finally took the wraps off its FidelityFX Super Resolution feature (go.pcworld.com/ffxs) during its Computex 2021 keynote. The company promised up to twice your GPU’s native performance when you need extra gaming firepower (like when you activate ray tracing, for example) and the ability to make most recent graphics cards (go.pcworld. com/mrgc) even faster in supported games— even if you’re running a GeForce GPU. And AMD just released it to the public.
The feature’s open nature makes it a huge deal to all PC gamers—not just Radeon owners—during a time when nobody can buy graphics cards at sane prices (go.pcworld. com/gcsp). Free extra performance when you’re struggling to make do with an older GPU will certainly prove welcome indeed. It also drives home AMD’s ongoing commitment to more open standards that benefit the wider PC community, following in the footsteps of other AMD initiatives like FreeSync monitors and GPU Open.
In a briefing with PCWorld prior to the keynote, Radeon chief Scott Herkelman drove that point home by showing FidelityFX Super Resolution boosting the performance of Nvidia’s older GTX 1060 by a whopping 41 percent in Godfall, and that wasn’t even with FSR’s fastest form active. In my decade-plus of covering PC technology, I can’t recall a single other time that a major vendor made an effort to show a new feature making its competitor’s hardware faster.
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