NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 outputs as low as 16 FPS in Cyberpunk 2077 Overdrive Mode without DLSS

Published: Apr 5th 2023, 07:37 GMT   Comments

Cyberpunk 2077 Overdrive Mode is the new Crysis

Where is the RTX 4090 Ti when you need it? 

RTX 4090 at 4K in Cyberpunk 2077 Overdrive Mode, Source: NVIDIA

The video released by NVIDIA is a technology comparison between full raster mode without raytracing and the upcoming Overdrive Mode, which brings ‘full raytracing’. This is not a fair comparison because most gamers with RTX 4090 GPU are most likely already using higher settings like “RT: Ultra”. Still, the more interesting part of the video focuses on the DLSS performance, showing an incredible performance boost from the third generation upscaling, and more importantly how ‘slow’ RTX 4090 is without it.

NVIDIA used RTX 4090 GPU at 4K resolution to capture the game in the new Overdrive Mode. The company has made a side-by-side comparison between native rendering and DLSS3 enabled graphics setting. The video shows that without DLSS, the RTX 4090 renders only 16 FPS in some scenarios, in fact, the number does not go higher than 34 FPS.

RTX 4090 at 4K in Cyberpunk 2077 Overdrive Mode, Source: NVIDIA

RTX 4090 at 4K in Cyberpunk 2077 Overdrive Mode, Source: NVIDIA

On the other hand, the DLSS3 mode boosts the framerate to 117–138 FPS, so it is a massive improvement but at the cost of visual quality (with DLSS the frame is always rendered at lower resolution).

Cyberpunk 2077 “Overdrive Mode” also brings RTX Direct Illumination, a technology that can replicate the appearance of the light from numerous ray-traced sourced. With RTXDI and full raytracing, gamers should also see soft shadow correctly cast from many sources. NVIDIA claims that those shadows will be ‘physically correct’, which is something that wasn’t seen in gaming before.

Ray Tracing vs. Full Ray Tracing in Cyberpunk 2077, Source: NVIDIA

The game patch is to be released on April 11th, and it will be free to all owners of Cyberpunk 2077.

[NVIDIA GeForce] Cyberpunk 2077 | Ray Tracing: Overdrive Mode - 4K Technology Preview Reveal (458,580 views)

Source: NVIDIA via Tom’s Hardware

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