What just happened? Nvidia’s DLSS framerate optimization technology is already available on dozens of titles (even big names like Cyberpunk 2077), but the list is growing very soon. The latest version of DLSS is expected to arrive in 10 more games, including Tomb Raider, the fantastic Baldur’s Gate 3, and the Left 4 style survival shooter Dead Back 4 Blood.
Nvidia posted an article announcing all new DLSS implementations, and it included before and after performance graphics for several games. As usual, we do not advise readers to put too much a lot of stock in the manufacturers’ references, but they are interesting to consult and discuss nonetheless.
Before we get into Nvidia’s DLSS performance numbers, here’s a quick list of all the games that will receive DLSS support this month:
- Baldur’s Gate 3
- Back 4 Blood
- Remastered Crysis Trilogy
- Rise of the Tomb Raider
- Shadow of the Tomb Raider
- Chivalry 2
- Sword and Fairy 7
- Swords of legends online
- FIST: Torch Forged in the Shadows
- Alan Wake remastered
Some of these games have been out for a while and are receiving post-launch updates for DLSS, while others will launch with technology already included.
Either way, let’s run through a handful of performance graphics from Nvidia, starting with my favorite game from this list, Baldur’s Gate 3.
Running the game in 4K using the Vulkan API and a fairly high-end test bench, Nvidia was able to see FPS gains of “up to 88%” with the “Performance Mode” preset. DLSS enabled. For those using the humble RTX 2060, that means a performance jump of almost 2x. Your FPS could go from an unplayable average of 21.4 to a reasonable level (by 4K standards) of 42.4.
Naturally, the RTX 3080 Ti fares much better, going from 64.4 FPS to 110.9 with DLSS enabled. As for the mid-range, the 3060 TI drops from 34.3 to 63.9 FPS, which should allow for a stable 4K gaming experience.
Moving on to Back 4 Blood, the game already seems to be performing quite well with the RTX Performance preset enabled. The 2080 Ti pumps 80 fps at 4K before DLSS (also in Performance mode), but that number skyrockets to 114.7 after being turned on.
The 2060 fares better than Baldur’s Gate 3 here, with a pre-DLSS FPS of 41.6 and a post-DLSS FPS of 59.8. Either number is decent given the intense nature of 4K and RTX gaming. As for the 3080 Ti, performance is out of this world, with DLSS frame rates increasing from 112.4 to a luxurious 163.3.
Again, we advise our readers to wait for independent references before making any hardware (or game) purchasing decisions here. We’re not saying Nvidia is misleading, but manufacturers’ benchmarks tend to be done under ideal conditions. It is not always clear what parameters they are running games or what temperatures they are facing; two key factors for PC gamers.
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