AMD FidelityFX Super Resolution vs Nvidia DLSS: What you need to know

Here’s what you need to know about AMD FidelityFX Super Resolution and Nvidia DLSS gaming performance as well as supported titles.

AMD’s FidelityFX Super Resolution (FSR) and Nvidia’s Deep Learning Super Sampling (DLSS) are two popular technologies that are used for upscaling images in games. These technologies offer resolution boost, higher frame rates, and enhanced quality compared to native resolution in games. Nvidia created and launched DLSS with RTX 20-series GPUs, and AMD launched its own FSR solution in 2021. If you are wondering what is the difference between AMD FSR and Nvidia DLSS, then here’s what you need to know about both technologies, gaming performance, and supported titles.

What is AMD FidelityFX Super Resolution?

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AMD’s FidelityFX Super Resolution is a post-processing algorithm that is designed to enhance and upscale frames in certain games. After upscaling an image with a spatial algorithm, FSR uses edge detection and sharpening filters to further improve the image. A major advantage with FSR is that it can run on any modern GPU since it is open-source. FSR’s algorithm uses shaders that come with come with all modern GPUs. AMD FSR has four modes with different scaling factors – 1.3x for Ultra quality, 1.5x for Quality, 1.7x for Balanced, and 2.0 for Performance. The scaling factors are applied in horizontal as well as vertical dimensions, which allows the Performance mode to achieve 4x upscaling.

What is Nvidia DLSS?

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Nvidia had created Deep Learning Super Sampling to enhance performances in games without affecting the image quality. For this, Nvidia introduced tensor core hardware in RTX 20 series and 30 series GPUs. Tensor core-based hardware allows more effective training and interference processes in artificial intelligence related operations. The special hardware lets Nvidia RTX series GPUs to use a lot of computational power for upscaling and enhancing images with the help of inputs from previous frames, current frame at lower resolution, and an AI network trained to make lower resolution images look high-res. Just like AMD’s FSR, Nvidia DLSS comes with four modes – Quality, Balanced, Performance, and Ultra Performance. Unlike FSR, Nvidia’s DLSS is not open source and can be used on Nvidia GPUs only.

AMD FidelityFX Super Resolution vs Nvidia DLSS: Which one is better for gaming?

Picking a clear winner between AMD FSR or Nvidia DLSS can be quite tricky as there aren’t any major differences in the quality. Based on testing done by VentureBeat, if you use quality settings on any of the modern powerful GPUs, you will barely notice any difference between FSR and DLSS. However, you might get better frame rate in FSR. That being said, DLSS seems to be better in most settings when it comes to quality and frame rate. A major factor worth noting is that you would need an Nvidia GPU to use DLSS, while FSR has no such restriction. Both Nvidia DLSS and AMD FSR deliver great results in every mode. Unless you spend time to compare them side-by-side in a rigorous test, you would barely notice much difference in everyday use.

AMD FidelityFX Super Resolution vs Nvidia DLSS: Which games are supported?

AMD FidelityFX Super Resolution supported games

  • Deathloop
  • Far Cry 6
  • God of War
  • Godfall
  • Horizon Zero Dawn Complete Edition
  • Resident Evil Village
  • Terminator: Resistance
  • The Riftbreaker
  • World War Z: Aftermath
  • Amid Evil
  • Anno 1800
  • Arcadegeddon
  • Assetto Corsa Competizione
  • Back 4 Blood
  • Baldur’s Gate 3
  • Black Desert
  • Call of Duty: Vanguard
  • Century: Age of Ashes
  • Chernobylite
  • CRSED: F.O.A.D.
  • Cyberpunk 2077
  • Dota 2
  • Dying Light 2 Stay Human
  • Edge of Eternity
  • Edge of the Abyss: Awaken
  • Elite Dangerous: Odyssey
  • Enlisted
  • Evil Genius 2: World Domination
  • F1 2021
  • Farming Simulator 22
  • Gamedec
  • Ghostrunner
  • Ghostwire: Tokyo
  • Grounded
  • Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice
  • Hot Wheels Unleashed
  • Icarus
  • Keo
  • Kingshunt
  • Lego Builder’s Journey
  • Marvel’s Avengers
  • Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy
  • Myst
  • Myth of Empires
  • Necromunda: Hired Gun
  • No Man’s Sky
  • Phantasy Star Online 2 New Genesis
  • Quake II
  • Ready or Not
  • Second Extinction
  • Shadow Warrior 3
  • The Medium
  • Undying
  • War Mongrels
  • Warhammer: Vermintide 2
  • World of Warcraft: Shadowlands
  • World of Warships
  • X4: Foundations
  • 22 Racing Series
  • A Chinese Ghost Story
  • JX3
  • NiShuiHan

Nvidia DLSS supported games

  • Alan Wake Remastered
  • Amid Evil
  • Anatomy Of Fear
  • Anthem
  • Apocalypse: 2.0 Edition
  • Aron’s Adventure
  • AWAY: The Survival Series
  • Back 4 Blood
  • Baldur’s Gate 3
  • Bakemono
  • Battlefield 2042
  • Battlefield V
  • Beyond Enemy Lines 2
  • BIOHAZARD VILLAGE Z Version
  • Bodies of Water VR (Beta)
  • Bright Memory
  • Bright Memory: Infinite
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War
  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare
  • Call of Duty: Vanguard
  • Call of Duty: Warzone
  • Chased By Darkness
  • Chernobylite
  • Chivalry 2
  • Chorus
  • ChronoTecture: The Eprologue
  • Cions of Vega
  • Control
  • CRSED F.O.A.D
  • Crysis Remastered
  • Crysis 2 Remastered
  • Crysis 3 Remastered
  • Cyberpunk 2077
  • cyubeVR
  • Deathloop
  • Death Realm
  • Death Stranding
  • DeepStates (VR)
  • Deliver Us The Moon
  • Diablo II: Resurrected
  • Dirt 5
  • Domino Simulator 2020
  • Doom Eternal
  • Dying Light 2 Stay Human
  • Edge of Eternity
  • Enlisted
  • Ephesus
  • Escape From Naraka
  • Everspace 2
  • Exit From
  • F1 2020
  • F1 2021
  • I.S.T.: Forged In Shadow Torch
  • Fall Balance Ball
  • Far Cry 6
  • Faraday Protocol
  • Farming Simulator 22
  • Final Fantasy XV
  • Five Nights at Freddy’s: Security Breach
  • Fortnite
  • Forza Horizon 5
  • Frozenheim
  • Get Stuffed!
  • Ghostrunner
  • Ghostwire: Tokyo
  • Godfall
  • God of War
  • Grand Theft Auto III – The Definitive Edition
  • Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas – The Definitive Edition
  • Grand Theft Auto: Vice City – The Definitive Edition
  • Gu Jian Qi Tan Online
  • Helios
  • Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice
  • Höll Space 5D6
  • Horizon Zero Dawn Complete Edition
  • Hot Wheels Unleashed
  • Icarus
  • Industria
  • Into the Radius VR
  • Iron Conflict
  • Jaws of Extinction
  • Jina Po
  • Jurassic World Evolution 2
  • Justice
  • JX3 Online RTX Version
  • Last Hope on Earth
  • Legendary Tales
  • LEGO Builder’s Journey
  • Lemnis Gate
  • Life Is Strange: True Colors
  • Loverowind
  • Martha Is Dead
  • Marvel’s Avengers
  • Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy
  • Mechwarrior 5: Mercenaries
  • Mercs Fully Loaded
  • Metro Exodus PC Enhanced Edition
  • Midnight Ghost Hunt
  • Minecraft
  • Monster Hunter World
  • Moonlight Blade
  • Mortal Online 2
  • Mortal Shell
  • Mount & Blade II: Bannerlord
  • Myst
  • Myth of Empires
  • Naraka: Bladepoint
  • Necromunda: Hired Gun
  • Nine To Five
  • Nioh 2 The Complete Edition
  • No Man’s Sky
  • Observer: System Redux
  • Outerverse
  • Outriders
  • Paradise Killer
  • Phantasy Star Online 2 New Genesis
  • Poker Club
  • Powerslide Legends
  • Pumpkin Jack
  • Quake II
  • Ranch Simulator
  • RAZE 2070
  • Ready or Not
  • Recall
  • Red Dead Redemption 2
  • Redout: Space Assault
  • REFICUL 666
  • Remnants
  • Resident Evil Village
  • Ring of Elysium
  • Rise of the Tomb Raider
  • Robo Pocket: 3D Fighter With Rollback
  • Rune II
  • Rust
  • Saboteur
  • Scavengers
  • SCP: Pandemic
  • Severed Steel
  • Shadow of the Tomb Raider
  • Shadow Warrior 3
  • Sifu
  • Soul Dossier
  • Soulmate
  • Stay in the Light
  • Supraland
  • Supraland Six Inches Under
  • Swords of Legends Online
  • Sword and Fairy 7
  • System Shock Demo
  • The Anacrusis
  • The Ascent
  • The Elder Scrolls Online
  • The Fabled Woods
  • The Medium
  • The Orville Interactive Fan Experience
  • The Persistence
  • The Riftbreaker
  • The Riftbreaker: Prologue
  • To Hell With It
  • Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Extraction
  • Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege
  • Twin Stones: The Journey of Bukka
  • Uncrashed: FPV Drone Simulator
  • United Assault – Normandy ’44
  • Unknown Woods
  • Viking Rage
  • VR Nara Park
  • Wakamarina Valley, New Zealand
  • War Thunder
  • Watch Dogs: Legion
  • Wolfenstein: Youngblood
  • World of Warcraft: Shadowlands
  • Wrench
  • Xuan-Yuan Sword VII
  • Yag