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When AMD’s Scott Herkelman debuted FidelityFX Super Resolution during red team’s Computex 2021 event on Monday, he noted that the spatial upscaling technology’s Ultra Quality setting would provide “practically identical” image quality versus native resolution. Comparison close-ups published by enthusiasts such as r/AMD’s Osprey850 suggest that this is not actually the reality, however, as there appears to be a substantial degree of blurriness when FidelityFX Super Resolution is enabled even in its highest quality setting. Wccftech has also published a harsh take on AMD’s upscaling implementation, suggesting that it is in no way an acceptable alternative to NVIDIA’s DLSS, which leverages the intricacies of AI and machine learning.

I wanted to post these because people in the original news post were figuring that the side of the image showing FSR’s “Quality” mode on a GTX 1060 was blurry because it was only the 2nd-highest mode and on only a GTX 1060. As you can hopefully see in the images above, though, even “Ultra Quality” mode on an RX 6800 XT looks noticeably worse than native.

Sources: r/AMD, Wccftech

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3 Comments

  1. [URL]https://www.guru3d.com/news_story/amd_fidelityfx_super_resolution_in_ultra_quality_shows_visible_quality_loss.html[/URL]

  2. I don’t know why anyone is shocked that an upscaler has some quality loss.

    You are always going to trade something for something – in this case, quality for performance. If you don’t want to make the tradeoff, don’t run it. You simply can’t replace data that never existed in the first place, which is going to be the case for every single upscaler there is.

    Not everything can be magical and create better performance with better quality on lesser hardware like DLSS … /s

  3. [QUOTE=”Brian_B, post: 35457, member: 96″]
    I don’t know why anyone is shocked that an upscaler has some quality loss.

    You are always going to trade something for something – in this case, quality for performance. If you don’t want to make the tradeoff, don’t run it. You simply can’t replace data that never existed in the first place, which is going to be the case for every single upscaler there is.

    Not everything can be magical and create better performance with better quality on lesser hardware like DLSS … /s
    [/QUOTE]
    This I feel is an appropriate summation.

    The good thing is, it should improve hopefully. A lot of things in it’s infant stage needed work. I hope AMD continues to add another option to the mix.
    Competition breeds improvement

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