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Okay this one is a little difficult to explain. Not really, but you kind of have to view this news in context of AMD’s recent FidelityFX Super Resolution (FSR) release. Or what Intel has cooking up upscale-tech-wise. Ever since AMD FSR hit the scene people have been comparing it to NVIDIA DLSS -- often as comparable upscaling methods. With NVIDIA DLSS and its recent 2.3 update alongside the new ICAT comparison tool -- it's not even close.

The new NVIDIA Image Comparison & Analysis Tool (ICAT) was created to "allow anyone to easily compare up to 4 screenshots or videos with sliders, side-by-sides, and pixel peeping zoom-ins". And, "align comparisons spatially and temporally, examine the differences, and draw your conclusions.”

It's very cool and you can download and use ICAT for free here.

ICAT can be seen across several examples in the following video -- highlighting DLSS as the clear winner in terms of image quality. Even when running in Performance Mode and stacked up against FSR's Ultra Quality mode. Here’s the breakdown by Bryan Catanzaro, VP of Applied Deep Learning Research​ at NVIDIA.



But, it doesn't stop there as NVIDIA is adding its older-than-DLSS NVIDIA Image Scaling tech to GeForce Experience today. As an answer to AMD's FSR? It certainly feels like it. For example, it’s driver based, open-source, and doesn’t require specific hardware to work. It works on any game too.

You’ll be able to toggle it on or off at will using most GPUs from the past few generations -- including the 9 and 10 series of GeForce GTX.

DLSS on the other hand uses advanced AI and the Tensor cores of the NVIDIA GeForce RTX range to work its magic. NVIDIA Image Scaling is based on scaling and traditional upscaling algorithms, like FSR. So on that note the results aren’t on par with DLSS.

Motion is the key when it comes to upscaling, and NVIDIA goes as far as comparing AMD FSR with its own Image Scaler and DLSS to highlight the differences in the video above.

Again, NVIDIA ICAT has been released for free to let people really dig into the differences between the technologies. And with that, from what we’ve seen the conclusion is pretty simple. DLSS and its use of AI offers up better image quality and is comparable to native resolution -- sometimes even better.



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