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Nvidia’s DLSS 3 Likely Won’t be Coming to Older GPUs


At this week’s GTC, Nvidia unveiled its much-anticipated “Ada Lovelace” RTX 40-series GPUs. The keynote included several headline-grabbing claims. One of those claims was an “up to 4X” uplift in RTX performance in some games compared with the RTX 3090 Ti. This is made possible by the company’s latest iteration of Deep Learning Super Sampling, aka DLSS. Now on its third iteration, DLSS 3 is only coming to the RTX 40-series GPUs. This wasn’t specifically mentioned in the keynote, to the best of our recollection, but has since been revealed via the company’s website. However, since previous Nvidia GPUs were able to run earlier versions of DLSS, why can’t they run DLSS 3? As it turns out, they probably can—just not very well.

The big innovation with DLSS 3 is it’s capable of predicting entire frames instead of just pixels. It’s able ...


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