Feature is available in Shadow of the Tomb Raider
Intel’s image upscaling technology, Xe Super Sampling (XeSS), is now available to everyone through Shadow of the Tomb Raider. Tests made by different sites show the XeSS performance difference compared to NVIDIA DLSS on different AMD and NVIDIA graphics cards, in addition to Arc A380.
Tests from Tom’s Hardware show that more enthusiast GPUs tend to scale more with Intel XeSS, as is already the case with AMD and NVIDIA solutions. GPUs like Radeon RX 6700 XT and GeForce RTX 3080 get more performance with Intel upscaling enabled.
The GeForce RTX 3080 achieves even more performance than the Radeon RX 6700 XT with DLSS turned on, relative to XeSS. The difference in the other GPUs of the two companies is negligible at times, as a quick test I did here with my RTX 2060 showed.
Results with Arc A380 were shy
The Arc A380 achieved gains of around 10 FPS with XeSS in performance mode with Shadow of the Tomb Raider set to 1080p. At 1440p, this difference was a little smaller (about 9 FPS), but with XeSS in quality mode, there was almost no change, even though the Intel GPU has the dedicated hardware to handle the upscaling feature.
PC Gamer shows that, on an RTX 2080 Ti, the biggest performance increase happened when the game was with Intel XeSS in performance mode enabled. However, if we compare the quality mode of both XeSS and DLSS, we will see that NVIDIA technology offers a greater leap in performance.
TechPowerUp tests, using an RTX 3080, also show that NVIDIA technology performs better, delivering more frames per second with both solutions using the same mode, whether quality, performance or balanced.
Intel XeSS works through acceleration done by the XMX cores of Arc GPUs, but is supported on other GPUs by DP4a instructions, which are present on GeForce GTX 10 onwards, in addition to AMD Vega GPUs so far with RDNA 2.
The launch of Intel’s two high-end GPUs, Arc A770 and A750, is scheduled for October 12th, and then we’ll know how the company’s most powerful hardware will perform with its own technology.
Intel Arc A750 GPU also arrives on October 12 at $289
Intel promises up to 53% more performance per dollar than GeForce RTX 3060