AMD’s FidelityFX Super Resolution (FSR) continues to expand. The new FSR 3 feature promises to deliver frames and double your performance, ultimately challenging Nvidia’s Deep Learning Super Sampling (DLSS) technology.
This feature was announced almost a year ago, but we’ve only just seen the first games supporting FSR 3 arrive. To bring you up to date, here’s everything you need to know about FSR 3, including how it works and what GPUs it supports.
What is FSR 3?
FSR 3 is the third and latest version of AMD’s FidelityFX Super Resolution. Building on the upscaling capabilities of FSR 2, FSR 3 introduces frame generation that allows the system to create completely new in-game frames and present them to the user, ultimately increasing frames per second (fps). It is claimed to offer up to twice the frame rate compared to its predecessor.
FSR 3 introduces two significant improvements: frame interpolation and a new Native AA (Anti-Aliasing) quality mode. Conceptually, frame interpolation is similar to Nvidia’s DLSS 3 frame generation. According to AMD, this has been designed to insert an additional frame between two already rendered frames. Frame generation in FSR 3 also leverages an improved iteration of AMD Fluid Motion Frames (AFMF) optical flow technology, along with temporal game data such as motion vectors.
AMD’s FSR 3 frame generation works by redirecting the standard in-game image, which normally appears on a monitor, and directing it to FSR 3 Optical Flow processing. This Optical Flow technology, which evolved from AFMF, compares this frame with the previous frame to produce a frame between the two . These tasks can operate asynchronously to minimize disruption to the game’s rendering pipeline, ultimately generating new frames in the game that can then be rendered.
Native AA quality mode introduces high-quality anti-aliasing and sharpening to improve image quality without having to upscale beyond native resolution. Despite a slight performance overhead, when combined with frame generation, Native AA mode looks very similar Nvidia’s Deep Learning Anti-Aliasing (DLAA).
We can expect a performance increase of almost four times the frame rate on supported games. In the past, AMD has shared its performance figures Forgotten using FSR 3 with RX 7900 XTX and RX 7800 XT graphics cards. But now we have an updated look at its performance across a variety of GPUs, including the Radeon RX 6000 series.
AMD also shared how Native AA mode combined with frame rendering offers improved image quality and performance across a wide range of GPUs.
FSR 3 comes with a driver-based version of AFMF available for RX 7000 and RX 6000 graphics cards and supports any DirectX 11 or DirectX 12 games. However, its performance is not as good as FSR 3 because it works at the driver level and not the game engine.
Unlike Nvidia’s DLSS technology, FSR 3 is an open technology and does not require machine learning hardware. Therefore, it is supported on a variety of products and platforms, including consoles. FSR 3 with enhanced super resolution and frame rendering can be accessed using AMD Radeon RX 5000 series GPUs or higher, as well as Nvidia RTX 20-series cards and higher.
If you have an older graphics card, you can still get access to FSR 3’s super resolution upscaling, but without frame rendering, as it’s supported on AMD Radeon RX 590 and newer, as well as Nvidia GTX 10 series and newer.
FSR 3 is available and currently supports two games: Forgotten And Aveum Eternity. AMD also has 10 more titles that will get support for FSR 3 in the near future. Here are all the titles we know about so far:
- Aveum Eternity
- Avatar : Frontiers of Pandora
- Cyberpunk 2077
- Warhammer 40,000: Space Sea II
- Frostpunk 2
- Starship Troopers: Annihilation
- Black Myth: Wukong
- Red Desert
- Like a Dragon: Unlimited Riches
AMD works with popular game studios such as Square Enix, Sega, CD Projekt Red, and more, as well as the FSR 3 plug-in for Unreal Engine.
FSR 3 can be enabled in supported game settings. In the case of ForgottenAMD FSR 3 settings can be found below Chart settings menu tab. To change FSR mode and enable frame generation, Image quality preset should be set to Habit. Likewise in Aveum EternityAMD FSR 3 settings are available at Displaying settings menu tab.
AMD FidelityFX Super Resolution has gained popularity among gamers and developers as a valuable tool for enhancing the gaming experience, especially on systems with limited GPU power. Its open-source nature and compatibility with a wide range of hardware makes it an attractive option for players and game developers looking to optimize their titles for a wider audience.