Nvidia DLSS 3 is the company’s new take on framerate boosting for RTX 4000 graphics cards – and it’s exclusively for next-gen GPUs – but there’s hope the technology could make its way to older RTX GPUs at a later date. Well, more or less, although we’re not too convinced that Nvidia will be in a hurry here…
it comes from something Tom’s Hardware (opens in new tab) caught, i.e., an exchange between the denizens of Twitter and Nvidia’s VP of Applied Deep Learning Research Bryan Catanzaro.
It’s theoretically possible that with additional research and engineering, we could make this technology work on other cards, although it doesn’t bring as many benefits. The current version only works on 4000 series cards.September 20, 2022
As you can see, in response to a question in DLSS 3 about whether there is “any hope for RTX 20/30 owners to use this technology at some point”, Catanzaro offers a somewhat cautious answer.
while it is theoretically As possible, Catanzaro makes clear, the vice president also makes it seem a bit like the added toil might not be worth the effort.
Analysis: DLSS 3 as a next-gen sales driver
At least now we know that’s a possibility, which is good news. However, in another Twitter thread, Nvidia’s VP talks about why DLSS 3 is only RTX 4000. That is, it relies on OFA (Optical Flow Accelerator) to do a lot of heavy lifting, and while it’s on Ampere GPUs ( and Turing, RTX 2000, by the way), has been “significantly improved” for RTX 4000 graphics cards. Which is a key part of DLSS 3 running smoothly.
As we noted above, Catanzaro’s response appears to have been carefully crafted so as not to annoy current-gen GPU owners (or those with RTX 2000 cards), while at the same time it seems more unlikely to happen. At least that’s how it feels to us, anyway. You can also take away from the tweet that there is indeed reasonable hope that DLSS 3 will eventually make its way to RTX 3000 and 2000 series GPUs.
However, it makes sense for Nvidia from a sales point of view – and let’s not forget, this is a business, and the main concern is selling products – to keep DLSS 3 as a secret weapon for their high-end graphics cards, at least. less for now.
As you may have noticed, these early Lovelace GPU models – the RTX 4090 and two versions of the 4080 – come with a premium, hefty price tag. And given that, it really doesn’t hurt for early adopters to have extra incentives to buy an RTX 4000 graphics card.
That being the case, it seems like a fair bet to us that Nvidia will be in no rush to bring DLSS 3 to cards like the RTX 3000. Particularly, even when – or rather, if – Team Green decides to introduce the technology to older GPUs, it doesn’t look like this will happen very quickly. With that requiring “additional research and engineering” and all that.
It also seems likely that Nvidia will want to gauge the broader reaction, as time goes on, to not having DLSS 3 with older cards. While there was an outcry of disappointment initially, perhaps this will subside a bit – but if the outcry continues, perhaps a move will be looked at more quickly. But we’re thinking that, overall, Nvidia will be in no rush to do this, or at least that’s how it looks now.