NVIDIA today released GeForce Game Ready Driver 531.18 WHQL, which adds support for the new RTX Video Super Resolution scaling technology. Unlike DLSS, which is designed for games, RTX Video Super Resolution (RTX VSR) is used to scale the video image in browsers.
RTX VSR video scaling technology has certain requirements. First, it only works with GeForce RTX 40 and RTX 30 series graphics cards. Secondly, at the moment the technology is supported only by Microsoft Edge and Google Chrome browsers. With other browsers, including those based on Chromium, it has not yet been tested.
The way RTX Video Super Resolution works is somewhat similar to DLSS. It uses AI algorithms to scale the video image from its original low resolution to high resolution while emphasizing certain details.
According to the Tom’s Hardware portal, which has already managed to get acquainted with the RTX VSR, in general, the technology works fine. However, miracles should not be expected from her. RTX VSR allows you to scale the image from native resolution from 480p all the way up to 4K. The higher the original resolution, the better the final scaling result. Don’t forget that from 480p to 4K the image is scaled 20.25 times, from 720p to 4K – 9 times, and from 1080p to 4K – 4 times.
You can enable the RTX VSR after installing the GeForce Game Ready Driver 531.18 WHQL in the NVIDIA settings panel. Below is an image showing exactly where this feature is located. There you also have the opportunity to choose one of the four quality levels of RTX VSR. The fourth level is the highest and requires more graphics card resources. NVIDIA recommends RTX VSR Level 1 for all GeForce RTX 40 and RTX 30 series graphics cards. However, with video cards of XX70 and higher models, you can try the fourth level.
According to Tom’s Hardware, there is a slight increase in graphics card power consumption when RTX VSR is enabled. Below are examples of consumption measurements.
In the future, support for RTX VSR may also appear on GeForce RTX 20 series graphics cards. However, this should not be expected in the near future. According to NVIDIA, for RTX VSR to work on GeForce RTX 20-series graphics cards, “it requires an overhaul of the algorithm”, and this will take some time.
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