DLSS 3 frame rate booster could come to older Nvidia RTX GPUs – but don’t bet on it being soon

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Nvidia DLSS 3 is the corporate’s new tackle body fee boosting for RTX 4000 graphics cards – and it’s completely for these incoming next-gen GPUs – however there’s hope that the tech would possibly come to older RTX GPUs at a later date. Effectively, form of, although we’re not overly satisfied Nvidia might be in a rush right here…

This comes from one thing Tom’s Hardware (opens in new tab) picked up, particularly an change between the denizens of Twitter and Nvidia’s Vice President of Utilized Deep Studying Analysis, Bryan Catanzaro.

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As you’ll be able to see, in reply to a query on DLSS 3 about whether or not there’s “any hope for RTX 20/30 homeowners to make use of this tech sooner or later”, Catanzaro delivers a considerably cagey response.

Whereas it’s theoretically attainable, Catanzaro makes clear, the VP additionally makes it sound a bit like the extra toil might not be well worth the effort.

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A minimum of we now know that it is a chance, which is nice information. Nonetheless, elsewhere in that Twitter thread, the Nvidia VP talks about why DLSS 3 is RTX 4000-only. Particularly that it depends on the OFA (Optical Movement Accelerator) to do loads of heavy lifting, and whereas that’s in Ampere GPUs (and Turing, RTX 2000, for that matter), it has been “considerably improved” for RTX 4000 graphics cards. Which is a key a part of DLSS 3 working easily.

As we noticed above, Catanzaro’s response feels prefer it’s fastidiously pitched to not upset current-gen GPU homeowners (or these with RTX 2000 playing cards), whereas making it sound on the extra unlikely facet that this can occur. A minimum of that’s the way it feels to us, anyway. You may equally take from the tweet that there’s certainly an affordable hope that DLSS 3 will ultimately come to RTX 3000 and 2000 collection GPUs.

Nonetheless, it is smart for Nvidia from a gross sales viewpoint – and let’s not overlook, it is a enterprise, and the first concern is promoting merchandise – to maintain DLSS 3 as a secret weapon for its next-gen graphics playing cards, a minimum of for now.

As you’ll have observed, these preliminary Lovelace GPU fashions – the RTX 4090 and two variations of the 4080 – come with a serious premium and weighty value tags. And provided that, it actually doesn’t harm for early adopters to have further incentives to buy an RTX 4000 graphics card.

That being the case, it appears a good wager to us that Nvidia received’t be in any rush to carry DLSS 3 to the likes of RTX 3000 playing cards. Notably as even when – or moderately, if – Crew Inexperienced does resolve to usher the tech throughout for older GPUs, it doesn’t sound like that can happen in a short time. What with it requiring “extra analysis and engineering” and all that.

It additionally appears seemingly that Nvidia will wish to gauge the broader response, as time goes on, to not having DLSS 3 with older playing cards. Whereas there was one thing of an outcry of disappointment initially, perhaps that can ease off a bit – but when the clamor continues, maybe a transfer might be checked out quicker. However we’re considering that total, Nvidia received’t be in a rush to do that, or a minimum of that’s the best way it appears proper now.


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