AMD said it will “evaluate” whether your RX 580 is worthy of a Radeon Super Resolution (RSR). But it will only do so once it gets a new performance boost that plays well with Ryzen 6000 series CPUs (those with RDNA iGPUs) and then with Radeon-powered laptops.
So, you’re a little off the priority list, but at least it’s not that hard “no” to beat the older AMD graphics silicon RSR. You must take the positives where you can find them now, eh?
AMD just released Radeon Super Resolution, a software-based upgrade program that is powered by FidelityFX Super Resolution (FSR), but does not require developers to pre-support their games. This means that almost any game will benefit from higher frame rates if you run RSR and your games at a resolution lower than the original screen resolution.
It’s the same solution that Valve has stuck to on Steam Deck to allow it to upgrade to an installed 1080p display without sacrificing the performance it can offer at 800p.
The catch now is that RSR is only available in drivers for Radeon RX 5000 GPUs and above. This means that anyone using an older GCN-based GPU, such as the popular RX 400 or 500 series – or even the ill-fated Radeon VII – has had no luck.
That’s a shame considering that RSR’s more powerful predecessor, FSR, is fully supported on all of these graphics cards, as long as the game has them. But that doesn’t mean RSR will never find its way into older GPUs, it’s just at the back of the queue.
Speaking at the new Radeon software press conference, Glenn Matthews, Director of Program Management at AMD, said:
“Our next step is with Ryzen 6000 RDNA products, so we’ll add that capability, which will be in the second quarter. And then it’s going to be hybrid solution support, so where you have the Ryzen 6000 with the Radeon product added in … a separate solution in your laptop.”
“We evaluate other solutions afterwards. The reason we took this process is a combination of what we see from our users in terms of the displays they use, and then also where we see the most value for our users. And we prioritize in that order.”
However, the issue is whether AMD will actually see value in adding support to folks by hooking up the RX 570 to a 1080p screen. Will you decide that upgrading your RSR from 720p to 1080p will result in a picture too muddy to be worth it? There is definitely something in that wording to document the relationship between monitors and the value proposition of RSR.
Valve obviously does, because that’s exactly what Steam Deck does. In fact, it could go further – I ran the Elden Ring on its highest setting with a good 16:10 display resolution and upgraded it to 800p using an RSR app. I mean, it doesn’t seem goodbut it definitely works fine.
This is also how Valve envisions installing games to work in the future, with Deck games playing in 720p, or 800 native resolutions, and upgrading to 1080p on a connected screen.
Deck runs the RDNA-based GPU in the Aerith APU, however, it doesn’t need to rely on AMD to make the call about whether this is a valid use of the new software feature. While it’s likely that AMD helped Valve implement in the first place, they’ll be aware of its usefulness, especially on lower-spec hardware.
This combination of AMD graphics and a Linux-based operating system means that if you’re using a GCN-based GPU, there’s an opportunity to support RSR for now. Some users have reported that simply by using the latest RADV drivers (the ones used in Steam Deck) and running Gamescope/Proton, you’ll actually get a good experience using Radeon Super Resolution with a Graphics Core Next graphics card.
However, it must be said that I haven’t tried this combo myself, so I can’t really speak to how well it worked. Or how easy it is to implement. But hey, you can make the switch if you’re really desperate to run an RSR on an RX Vega 64 (🤭). Or you may wait until SteamOS 3.0 is fully released.
But, regardless of Linux situation, fingers are crossed and it’s only a matter of time before AMD proudly announces support for your old-school Radeon graphics card in a future Windows-side update. There won’t be any time before summer, that’s for sure.