AMD Graphics Update Brings Radeon Super Resolution, FSR 2.0 Coming Soon
New Radeon Software Release and FSR 2.0 Announcement
AMD has announced the latest version of their Adrenalin Edition 2022 software for Radeon graphics cards, and the new Adrenalin 22.3.1 WHQL driver is available this morning, bringing Radeon Super Resolution (RSR) – which we first heard of back in December – and other enhancements.
A big part of today’s news is not being released just yet, with the upcoming revision to FidelityFX Super Resolution, FSR 2.0, not available until Q2 2022.
Radeon Super Resolution is Here
What’s new with Adrenalin 22.3.1? Quoting AMD:
“The latest AMD Software release brings advanced and innovative capabilities to unlock the full potential of gaming experiences on AMD-powered systems. It features AMD Radeon Super Resolution (RSR) technology, a new driver-based upscaling technology that delivers increased performance with high-quality visuals and is compatible with thousands of games. It also includes an updated AMD Link application, enabling users to turn their gaming PC into a personal gaming cloud and host local multiplayer games with friends connecting from almost anywhere. In addition, AMD Radeon Image Sharpening (RIS) now includes support to enhance visuals for video playback and web applications in addition to games.”
RSR is described as an “in-driver spatial upscaling feature”, which is “built on the same algorithm as AMD FidelityFX Super Resolution technology”. AMD claims this it can It deliver “near-native resolution and increased performance in games that run in exclusive full screen mode on AMD RDNA architecture-based discrete graphics, and is compatible with thousands of games”.
Radeon Super Resolution requires the RDNA architecture, so you will need a Radeon RX 5000 Series or better graphics card to take advantage of this.
FSR 2.0 – Arriving Q2
Since scaling technology is all the rage, AMD isn’t content with the introduction of RSR, and will be releasing the next iteration of its FidelityFX Super Resolution technology in the second quarter of this year.
Please excuse the site-imposed technical limitations of the screenshot below, which is presented as a 2560×1440 JPG image – not the native 4K PNG file that AMD provided to the media (you can visit AMD’s FSR 2.0 page for more images). At least this image can provide an idea of how FSR 1.0 and 2.0 compare to native resolution:
“AMD FidelityFX Super Resolution (FSR) 2.0 technology uses temporal data and optimized anti-aliasing to boost framerates in supported games while delivering similar or better image quality than native resolution without requiring dedicated machine learning hardware. Like the first version of AMD FSR, AMD FSR 2.0 works across many different models of AMD and competitor GPUs, delivering incredible performance and image quality.”
So, how exactly does FSR compare to RSR? AMD offers this helpful slide comparing the two scaling technologies:
For more on FidelityFX Super Resolution 2.0 you can visit AMD’s “First Look” blog post, and for the rest of the details about today’s announcement the press release is linked here. And, of course, you can download the new drivers from AMD from the usual place.