8K Gaming – Digital Foundry Takes First DLSS 2.1 Test on RTX 3090


8K Gaming - Digital Foundry Takes First DLSS 2.1 Test on RTX 3090

Digital Foundry conducted the first Ultra Performance test for DLSS 2.1. Thanks to it, you can qualitatively increase the resolution from 1440p to 8K.


The analysis was carried out on an RTX 3090 graphics card.

  • According to DF, resolution upscaling is now the best solution for games, since the power of a video card can be spent on more frames or high-quality special effects.
  • DLSS at maximum quality sometimes makes the picture better than true 4K
  • In Control, the RTX 3090 graphics card with maximum graphics settings and 8K resolution produces 8 fps. With DLSS Ultra Performance enabled, this figure rises to 50-55 frames, but does not reach stable 60 frames
8K Gaming - Digital Foundry Takes First DLSS 2.1 Test on RTX 3090
8K Gaming - Digital Foundry Takes First DLSS 2.1 Test on RTX 3090
  • 1440p upscaling to 8K loses to native 8K when it comes to motion. Ultra Performance adds noise and makes ray tracing effects less clear
  • Death Stranding on the RTX 3090 hits about 35 fps in native 8K, and when DLSS Ultra Performance is enabled, performance rises to 70-80 frames per second. It would seem an excellent result, but artifacts appear in the game, especially on hair and water surfaces
    • DF experts believe that 8K gaming will become relevant when video cards can upscale 4K resolution to 8K with maximum graphics settings and a stable frame rate
    • Ultra Performance mode is very demanding on the video memory of the video card. In some tests, Control consumed 20 GB out of 24 that is in the RTX 3090

    Digital Foundry did not find the first version of DLSS Ultra Performance very useful. To achieve the coveted 8K, you have to make compromises, and therefore the final result is not what you expect.

    Plus, upscaling to 8K will only be useful for those with giant TVs. However, then the owner will have to put up with the artifacts created by the 9x magnification.