AMD FSR2 vs. NVIDIA DLSS2 comparison shows only one winner

Published: Apr 8th 2023, 11:32 GMT   Comments

Fierce competition between NVIDIA DLSS2 and AMD FSR2 in 26 titles

Since AMD FSR and NVIDIA DLSS technologies are now available in multiple titles together, reviewers have a chance to compare the quality and performance of each technology side by side. HardwareUnboxed have taken this enormous effort upon themselves by comparing hundreds of images and videos after recording it in 26 games.

AMD FSR2 vs. DLSS2 comparison, Source: HardwareUnboxed

The prerequisites to this comparison outline the choice made by HardwareUnboxed. The video focuses on two quality profiles: Performance and Quality and two resolutions: 4K and 1440p. The reviewer explains that since both upscaling techniques offer nearly the same performance, the video is focusing on image quality rather than framerate.

Furthermore, to show the out-of-the-box experience, no DLL mods were used. Both FSR and DLSS are known for various methods of replacing DLL libraries, often interchangeably. However, this would complicate the conclusions and gamers would likely see different results, which is not the goal of this comparison.

AMD FSR2 vs. DLSS2 comparison scale, Source: HardwareUnboxed

In the end, HardwareUnboxed came up with an idea to use a 5 score scale. The DLSS+++ or FSR+++ indicates that there is a superior difference in favor of the technology over competitor. A single or two plus signs show a slight or moderate advantage, while a Tie means that gamers can use either technology based on their preference, as no quality difference is expected.

Surprisingly, not a single title out of 26 games has shown even an advantage of FSR over DLSS. The technology only managed to score a tie in 8 comparisons out of 104. Furthermore, NVIDIA DLSS has a clear advantage in Performance mode, which is rendered at lower resolution (2x scale), compared to Quality (1.5x scale).

AMD FSR2 vs. DLSS2 comparison, Source: HardwareUnboxed

Although there is no doubt AMD FSR has lost this battle, there is a good reason why AMD technology may still be the only choice. It works with all modern GPUs, which is not the case with NVIDIA DLSS. AMD FSR is supported by entry-level and even integrated GPUs, while NVIDIA DLSS is only supported by RTX cards.

Furthermore, the newer version of DLSS with Frame Generation is even more limited to RTX 40 series only. At the same time, AMD promises to support at least two generations of Radeon GPUs with their upcoming FSR3, which should feature similar frame boosting technology.

Hopefully, the next comparison will include Intel XeSS, which is still not up to the pace of FSR/DLSS adoption, but it has certainly appeared in more games over the past few months.


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