When Nvidia announced the GeForce RTX 4090 on October 12, Nvidia’s DLSS 3 looked like it was weaving some serious magic into frame rates.I’ve covered the performance gains we can expect (opens in new tab) See when it arrives in the Overdrive rendering path for the Cyberpunk 2077 update (opens in new tab) when it is released. And Nvidia promises DLSS 3 support in impressive fashion 35 matches (opens in new tab), things look good to technology. It looks very important to the RTX Racer as shown in the picture above.
The only thing is that DLSS 3 is exclusive to the RTX 40 series. This inevitably leads to a question: what does this mean for existing card owners? It’s nice that Nvidia is pushing frame rate-boosting AI-powered tech, but there must be too many RTX 30-series and RTX 20-series cards that are suddenly being ignored. must?
The good news is that these DLSS 3 games will still benefit. As Nvidia confirmed to us: “So DLSS 2 (or DLSS Super Resolution, if you will) and NVIDIA Reflex will of course still be supported on previous generation hardware, so current GeForce gamers will still benefit from integrating DLSS 3 games.”
One way to look at all of this is to think of DLSS 3 as a superset of DLSS 2. This means that DLSS 2 or also known as DLSS super-resolution is not going anywhere. This is a good thing because DLSS is one of the best ways to increase frame rates without sacrificing visual fidelity.
So why is DLSS 3 exclusive to the RTX 40 series? Considered in this light, DLSS 3 essentially combines DLSS super-resolution and Nvidia Reflex with DLSS frame generation – the last bit is the differentiator. AI-driven frame generation relies on Ada Lovelace’s new Optical Flow Accelerator (OFA) (opens in new tab) And the new third-generation tensor cores.
The RTX 30 series also has OFA cores, although only 126 cores, while the new RTX 4090 has 300. It all becomes clearer when you consider the massive bump in Tensor cores — from 320 to 1,400 amps in Ada Lovelace, why you won’t get a performance boost from the new frame generation feature.
RTX 40 series graphics card, GeForce RTX 4090 (opens in new tab) It will be released on October 12.