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How to enable RSR (Radeon Super Resolution)

It just takes four steps for great performance benefits

Updated: Aug 22, 2022 11:32 am
How to enable AMD RSR Radeon Super Resolution

Radeon Super Resolution was released in March 2022 as part of the 22.3.1 Adrenalin Edition driver update. We show you how to enable RSR so you can enjoy its benefits in any game. As it is a driver-level FSR technology it applies to any games that allow you to change resolution below native in fullscreen.

However, since it is on the driver level, you require to have Adrenalin software installed. Which is only supported by AMD GPUs so RSR is limited to just Radeon RX 5000 series and newer. And if you’re looking to remote into your PC or play locally with far-off friends check on how to use AMD Link from the same software update.

How to turn on RSR

Step

1

Update graphics driver

Firstly you need to update your graphics driver. You either need to update through AMDs software if you already have it or download it new from AMDs support.

AMD Software Adrenalin Edition Install

 

Step

2

Open settings

Once it’s ready, open the AMD Software Adrenalin Edition and head to the settings tab, which is the cog icon in the top right. Then you want to open the graphics tab.

AMD Software Adrenalin Edition Homepage

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3

Enable RSR (Radeon Super Resolution)

In that tab, under the graphics profile, the first option should be for Radeon Super Resolution (RSR). Turn it on and accepting the prompts will cause your screen to flicker. After that, it’s ready to perform.

AMD Software Adrenalin Edition Enable RSR Radeon Super Resolution

Step

4

Launch game and change resolution

Launch your game and head to the display settings. There you need to turn the video resolution down below your displays native resolution. This does require having the game in fullscreen or at least in the same aspect ratio as your screen. RSR will now activate and upscale the lower resolution up to your displays native while keeping up the quality.

Resolution change

Use Alt+R to enable the AMD Software overlay which will show if RSR is enabled.

RSR performance benchmarks

RSR promises an improvement in performance similar to what FSR does already. And now that it can apply to any game you can enjoy the performance improvements, from the game rendering at a lower resolution. We tested the feature in Doom Eternal at the max settings but could only test it at 1080p as that is our native resolution.

Doom Eternal 3

Using RSR gains us a range from 5% to 11% performance increase from the highest to the lowest resolution. It may not seem like the biggest increase but it is more effective at higher resolutions. AMD’s own benchmarks are shown below, and they show a significant improvement since AMD uses 4k. The improvement is greatest when upscaling from 1080p, but even from 1800p it gains at least 16% and with 1080p the increase is from 79% to 200%.

RSR quality impact

Below are two screenshots of the difference RSR makes in terms of quality. As you can see there is some loss of detail with the upscaling. It isn’t too significant and it’s mostly in the finer details. Also since it applies to the full frame you can also see it magnifying the game’s HUD. However, it is a significant increase in performance for a slight loss in quality but may vary across titles.

RSR FAQs

What is RSR in AMD?

AMD RSR is Radeon Super Resolution. It is like FSR but on the driver level. This means it is possible to use upscaling technology in any game. As it is on the driver level it will let you run a game at a non-native resolution but will upscale it to your screen size. Although at the cost of quality it should improve your framerate.

How do I enable AMD RSR?

To enable AMD RSR to be sure to have Radeon Software installed and updated. Then heading over to the settings and graphics tab find Radeon Super Resolution. After it’s been turned on, it will work in any game.

Once in-game in the video settings, be sure to run the game in fullscreen or borderless. Then lowering the resolution below native will automatically upscale it back up to native but with lower quality.

Is RSR better than FSR?

In terms of availability, RSR is better as it applies to any game as long as you have an AMD graphics card. Whereas FSR has to be added by the developer of the game but it does work on any graphics card so it is less limiting. And FSR doesn’t apply to GUI like RSR keeping the quality of important stuff up there.

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