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Codemasters has just released an update for the PC version of F1 2020, that they claim can boost performance by up to 1.5x, and allows the GeForce 2060 Super and above to achieve 4k 60fps. The precise performance improvement will depend on your hardware configuration and other settings, but this is going to be a great advantage for anyone with any Nvidia GPUs that support DLSS 2.0.
This is a proprietary technology from Nvidia, that is specifically tied to their RTX GPUs, which works by rendering the game at a lower resolution, then uses an algorithmic upscaling technique to increase the resolution of the image in realtime. The end result of this is an image that is virtually visually indistinguishable from rendering natively at a lower resolution, but it’s less taxing on system resources. This is particularly useful for anyone with a high resolution of high framerate gaming monitor.
Game developers have to implement DLSS 2.0 support on a game by game basis, it’s not a feature that can be enabled automatically, but once it is in the game, users of Nvidia GPUs get a great option for improving their framerate and resolution, as well as freeing up system resources to use on other graphical settings.
This is a graphics technology that we think will become increasingly important going forward, and if any game that you intend to spend a lot of time player adds support for it, it might be a good reason to buy an Nvidia GPU over an AMD one, at least until AMD can offer a comparable feature that works similarly for their GPUs, or perhaps even better would be a solution that is GPU agnostic.
Codemasters said of this new update for their Formula 1 racing sim:
“We wanted F1 2020 to be the most authentic and immersive F1 game to date. This required a laser focus on all aspects, from the My Team feature through to every pixel on the screen. NVIDIA DLSS gives users the performance headroom to maximise visual settings, resulting in realistic, immersive graphics.”
Patch 1.08 that includes the DLSS 2.0 support is available now on Steam, with a host of other fixes and features. Some other key elements of this update are fixes for certain models of racing wheel, fixes for some crashes and other bugs, and a host of other small fixes. Check out the full patch notes here.