As we’ve already reported, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 will support NVIDIA DLSS 2, Intel XeSS and AMD FSR 1.0. Thus, we’ve decided to benchmark them and share some comparison screenshots.
For these 4K benchmarks and comparison screenshots, we used an Intel i9 9900K with 16GB of DDR4 at 3800Mhz and NVIDIA’s RTX 4090 Founders Edition. We also used Windows 10 64-bit, and the GeForce 522.25 driver.
Below you can find some comparison screenshots between NVIDIA DLSS 2 Quality (left), Intel XeSS Quality (middle) and AMD FSR 1.0 Quality (right).
As we can see, AMD FSR 1.0 Quality offers the best performance. In most cases, AMD’s upscaling technique is faster by 10fps than NVIDIA’s DLSS. NVIDIA DLSS 2 Quality is in second place, followed by Intel XeSS Quality.
However, AMD FSR 1.0 looks awful compared to NVIDIA DLSS 2. Seriously, it’s a blurry mess. NVIDIA DLSS 2 Quality does a better job at reconstructing missing details, and offers a sharper image (it’s also the only upscaling technique that has a sharpening slider in this game). In fact, NVIDIA DLSS 2 Quality can offer a better image quality than even native 4K.
Intel XeSS comes in second place as it can offer a better image quality than AMD FSR 1.0. It’s unfortunate that the game only supports FSR 1.0 and not FSR 2.0. However, you may be able to enable FSR 2.1 via mods.
All in all, NVIDIA’s DLSS 2 appears to be the big winner here. After all, it offers the best image quality/performance ratio. Owners of older NVIDIA GPUs can use Intel XeSS as it appears to be offering a better image than AMD FSR 1.0. In our test system, Intel Xess Quality performed noticeably better than native 4K. We’ve seen reports though that Intel XeSS may not work well on AMD’s hardware. As such, and if Intel XeSS Quality runs worse than your native resolution, you should – obviously – avoid using it.
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John is the founder and Editor in Chief at DSOGaming. He is a PC gaming fan and highly supports the modding and indie communities. Before creating DSOGaming, John worked on numerous gaming websites. While he is a die-hard PC gamer, his gaming roots can be found on consoles. John loved – and still does – the 16-bit consoles, and considers SNES to be one of the best consoles. Still, the PC platform won him over consoles. That was mainly due to 3DFX and its iconic dedicated 3D accelerator graphics card, Voodoo 2. John has also written a higher degree thesis on the “The Evolution of PC graphics cards.”