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What is Nvidia’s DLDSR and how to enable it

DSDR, FSR, RSR, DSR, how many more initialisms are we going to get confused by

Updated: Nov 29, 2022 9:43 am
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In a game-ready driver, Nvidia has released plenty of other features than just updates for upcoming games. Alongside support for the PC God of War and Rainbow Six Extraction, they released DLDSR (Deep Learning Dynamic Super Resolution). The software is an AI way to improve the quality of your game without the loss of a great deal of framerate. This is a near double improvement of their previous DSR solution. The feature is limited to RTX cards only due to their Tensor cores but will work in most games.

For instance, previously for a 1080p resolution display, DSR 4x would upscale the game to a 4k resolution and downsample it to 1080p to enhance the detail, edges, and shimmering of the image. With the new AI solution, there is a promise of it requiring only half that power. So the same 4k resolution in FSR now only requires 2.25x in DLDSR, which will greatly improve performance. With DSR what may have lost nearly 40 FPS will only lose a couple according to the Prey screenshot below.

More recently, Nvidia announced it’s RTX 4000 series graphics cards. With a new DLSS 3 feature combining the features together with Ada cards you can possibly achieve quite the performance increase. But first they will have to release some more reasonably price cards.

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How to enable DLDSR

Step

1

Update drivers

Firstly, you want to make sure you have updated your graphics drivers to the latest version, or atleast 511.23 when DLDSR came out.

DLDSR Update

Step

2

Open Nvidia control panel

Once the driver is updated and ready head over to the Nvidia control panel. You can either right click the Nvidia icon in the tray or the desktop and find it in that menu.
DLDSR Control panel toolbar

DLDSR Control panel

Step

3

Enable DLDSR

In the control panel, on the left-hand side under 3D settings tab select “Manage 3D settings”. There under global settings find the option for DSR – Factors and there you can choose the option for DL scaling.

enable DLDSR

After applying these settings you can enjoy the feature in most games as long as you have an RTX GPU. Which will give you even better quality games at a fraction of the framerate cost.

DLDSR FAQs

What is DLDSR?

DLDSR is an AI super sampling feature to upscale your games with keeping quality up. It is limited to only RTX cards as it utilizes their Tensor cores and capabilities.

Is DLDSR better than DSR?

Yes, according to Nvidia it is a much more efficient usage of the cards. It can more easily achieve higher resolutions for a lower performance penalty and likely look better with its AI usage.

3 thoughts on “What is Nvidia’s DLDSR and how to enable it”

  1. A-nonny-mouse

    The webpage is borked.
    Showing formatting language instead of the actual content.

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    • Sebastian Kozlowski

      Thanks for informing us, it has been fixed now!

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  2. Billy Hartley

    !!PSA / WARNING ABOUT THE CURRENT LAUNCH VERSION OF DLDSR!!
    The drivers will frequently bug out and cause incomplete resolution changes – causing a black screen that can only be fixed by a hard reset.

    !!DO NOT CHANGE YOUR WINDOWS RESOLUTION TO A DLDSR RESOLUTION – ONLY THE GAME!!
    It can bug out just like in-game, but this one would be permanent. If you do want to try it make sure you have a restore USB ready to boot into Safe Mode and a recent restore point.

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