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NVIDIA DLDSR ups gaming fidelity without hurting performance

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 (Image credit: Harish Jonnalagadda / Windows Central)

What you need to know

  • NVIDIA has a new downsampling solution arriving on January 14, 2022.
  • It is DLDSR (Deep Learning Dynamic Super Resolution), an AI-driven feature that will enhance the fidelity of your games without harming their performance.
  • The feature is part of a driver update and will therefore be applicable to most owners of RTX GPUs and, by extension, most games.

If you thought the January 14 NVIDIA driver update was just another update, think again. It's also packing the latest acronym from NVIDIA, DLDSR (Deep Learning Dynamic Super Resolution). This is not to be confused with DLSS 1.0, DLSS 2.0, or NVIDIA Image Scaling, nor is it to be confused with AMD FSR or AMD Radeon Super Resolution, all of which are distinct entities.

DLDSR is an AI-assisted downsampling technique that will, to summarize, add a bit more detail and fidelity to your games at resolutions wherein such detail would otherwise not exist. DLDSR will add said garnishes without hurting performance to any meaningful degree. Here's NVIDIA's more technical description:

DLDSR (Deep Learning Dynamic Super Resolution) renders a game at higher, more detailed resolution before intelligently shrinking the result back down to the resolution of your monitor. This downsampling method improves image quality by enhancing detail, smoothing edges, and reducing shimmering.

Nvidia Dldsr

Source: NVIDIA (Image credit: Source: NVIDIA)

You can read the full rundown of what DLDSR entails over at NVIDIA's blog (opens in new tab). The big perk is that if you have an RTX GPU, you're likely in a position to utilize DLDSR on most games since it's not a game-specific feature. Once you get it in the January 14 driver update, you're all set.

If you want to read more on the associated technologies mentioned at the start of this article, check out our AMD FSR vs NVIDIA DLSS guide to get an idea of what those two are all about. They help with PC gaming graphics and performance, just in different ways.

Robert Carnevale is the News Editor for Windows Central. He's a big fan of Kinect (it lives on in his heart), Sonic the Hedgehog, and the legendary intersection of those two titans, Sonic Free Riders. He is the author of Cold War 2395. Have a useful tip? Send it to robert.carnevale@futurenet.com.