Radeon Super Resolution Tested - Is this AMD's new Killer Feature?

Conclusion - RSR is Awesome

Radeon Super Resolution Tested - Is this AMD's new Killer Feature?

Conclusion - We love it!

AMD's new Radeon Super Resolution screen is a clever use of the company's FidelityFX Super Resolution technology. With FSR 1.0 being a spatial upscaler, there was no reason why AMD could not use it as a driver-level upscaling solution. Through RSR, AMD has delivered a form of FidelityFX Super Resolution support to almost all PC games. That's awesome. 

RSR can be enabled with a couple of clicks within AMD's GPU drivers. After that, all you will need to do is select a resolution that is below your monitor's native resolution. For 4K screen users, resolutions like 1800p, 1440p, or 1080p are suitable choices. 

While RSR is based on the same technology as FidelityFX Super Resolution (FSR) 1.0, FSR should offer gamers better results in supported games. Simply put, FSR can be applied at an optimal place within a game's rendering pipeline to deliver higher quality results. With RSR, AMD is applying their FSR algorithm to completed frames, resulting in somewhat sub-optimal results. That said, for games that lack strong upscaling support, RSR is a godsend.

For games like Total War Warhammer III, RSR can deliver similar to native 4K results and large performance gains for Radeon users. When compared to Total War Warhammer III's integrated resolution scaling solution, RSR delivers higher quality results and more performance. That's a win-win for Radeon users. Playing Total War Warhammer III using RSR to scale 1440p to 4K is now my preferred way to play the game. Total War Warhammer III would benefits greatly from a high quality image upscaling solution, and with RSR, AMD has delivered.

While RSR is a great solution, it is not a magic bullet that will fix all of your problems. 1080p to 4K upscaling with RSR will not deliver image quality levels that are close to native. That said, it delivers better results than allowing your screen to upscale 1080p to 4K, and can deliver much better results than the resolution scaling solutions used by some games.

Hopefully, AMD will open up RSR to users of older Radeon graphics cards in the near future. Currently, RSR can only be used with AMD's RX 5000 series and RX 6000 series graphics cards.

You can join the discussion on AMD's Radeon Super Resolution Technology on the OC3D Forums.

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Most Recent Comments

17-03-2022, 14:44:38

Very impressive. Wonder how the results would compare for 1440p native users who choose 1080p to upscale.Quote

17-03-2022, 21:21:23

Just emphasises that Warhammer would really benefit from some sort of upscaler.

Given it’s intel sponsored, I’m hoping it’ll get XeSS somewhere down the line.Quote

17-03-2022, 21:22:32

I think Warhammer could benefit from another major performance optimization pass just in general Quote

17-03-2022, 21:22:43

Originally Posted by NeverBackDown View Post
Very impressive. Wonder how the results would compare for 1440p native users who choose 1080p to upscale.
I tried 1080p => 1440p with a 6700xt in warhammer 3. Wasn’t as good as native but it was definitely acceptable.Quote

17-03-2022, 22:44:54

I ran a few benches on stuff it's not bad 20-35% uplift generally.

1080>1440 6800XT R1700 all games max settings and DXR

Assassins creed valhalla off 92 on 116avg
Metro Exodus Enhanced off 46 on 62avg
Watch Dogs Legion off 44 on 53avg
Shadow of the Tomb Raider off 62 on 79avg

I also tested Red Dead Online and Crysis Remaster but wasn't able to log the fps but i couldn't see any difference myself in all of them thou the odd shimmering like FSR but overall if the game doesn't have FSR then it seems with these few worth using.

My Ryzen 1700 is the main culprit for my generally lower fps overall, but it's still a difference

One game that now runs far far better is Control butter smooth no little lags anymore for me, so i can see myself using this a lot if the game doesn't have FSR built in.

Elden Ring has zero hicups doesn't look any different but plays nice and smoothly so this RSR stuff is really rather good Quote

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