Anthem RTX/DLSS PC Performance Review

Introduction

Anthem RTX/DLSS PC Performance Review

Introduction   

The addition of Tensor cores to Nvidia's Turing architecture is a game-changer, adding compute horsepower to their RTX lineup that's fundamentally different to what is typically available on graphics processors. 

In effect, Nvidia's Tensor cores add a new kind of computing power into the mainstream graphics mix, opening the door to new possibilities that would be impossible with traditional shaders. Nvidia's Tensor cores are all about AI performance, but as of now, Nvidia has only one feature which can utilise the feature, a feature which promises to deliver increased performance levels at high gaming resolutions. 

DLSS (Deep Learning Super Sampling) is a graphical feature that is designed to upscale images by taking a lower resolution input and using an AI-powered deep learning algorithm to create a higher resolution final image. Through this process, images are rendered using fewer computational resources, generating higher framerates for the user while creating a pleasing final image. 

This is good news for games like Anthem, titles which can take even flagship-level graphics cards like the RTX 2080 Ti to its knees at 4K, though the main controversy surrounding DLSS is its quality difference when compared to a native resolution rendering. Can the power of AI make Anthem look and run better, or will this performance gain come at the cost of image quality? 

In a recent video, Nvidia claimed that DLSS could offer up to a 40% performance boost at 4K, a difference which would result in a fundamental change in the game's playability on RTX series graphics cards. Here, we will put Nvidia's performance claims to the test while looking into the visual impact of DLSS on both 1440p and 4K images. 

One thing to note before we start, DLSS has different effects at 1440p and 4K, so please look at both our 1440p and 4K comparisons. 

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29-03-2019, 14:01:41

NeverBackDown
I much prefer the dlss on for this game. And that performance increase is quite insane tbhQuote

29-03-2019, 15:56:41

trawetSluaP
Strangely I've had no difference in performance on High @ 1440p with a 2080. Game hovers around 80-90 FPS regardless of DLSS being on or off.Quote

01-04-2019, 03:16:14

Peace
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Originally Posted by trawetSluaP View Post
Strangely I've had no difference in performance on High @ 1440p with a 2080. Game hovers around 80-90 FPS regardless of DLSS being on or off.
Maybe your CPU is bottlenecking. Which CPU do you have?Quote

01-04-2019, 04:12:53

WYP
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Originally Posted by trawetSluaP View Post
Strangely I've had no difference in performance on High @ 1440p with a 2080. Game hovers around 80-90 FPS regardless of DLSS being on or off.
That makes sense. With the GTX 2060, we saw a much smaller increase in performance than at 4K, and with the RTX 2080 the gap is likely to be smaller.

The problem with DLSS is that the Tensor cores can only handle a certain number of frames every second at specific resolutions. So the lower the framerate, the higher the performance boost. At least this is how it appears to work from my end.Quote

01-04-2019, 12:55:58

NeverBackDown
Nvidia said once fps reaches a certain limit the GPU will stop doing DLSS regardless of the settings in the game. Seems like it can only handle 60fps roughly and after that it shuts offQuote
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