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AMD Brings Radeon Image Sharpening to Polaris-based GPUs

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When AMD announced its Navi-based Radeon RX 5700 Series GPUs, it also announced a technology that they would support called Radeon Image Sharpening (RIS). Based on the FidelityFX open source tool kit AMD has also released, RIS will apply post-processing to sharpen images with only a minimal reduction in performance. At the time it was only going to be for the Navi GPUs, but with the newly released Radeon Software Adrenalin 2019 Edition 19.2.2 drivers, many Polaris-based graphics have gained support as well. Specifically the RX 470, RX 480, RX 570, RX 580, and RX 590 have all had support add with the new drivers.

If you are instead using an RX Vega 56, RX Vega 64, or Radeon VII, which are all using a Vega GPU, then you will not see support enabled with these drivers. PCGamesN decided to ask AMD about this skipping of Vega and the response was not that it will not come, but that the company wants to gauge reception and demand for it on these graphics cards. The Polaris-based family of graphics cards has been popular for a long time, so this might be AMD trying to target one of its larger user-bases, but if another speaks up, we could see the feature come there as well.

For those of you with a Polaris GPU and you want to try using RIS, it is enabled as a global toggle from within the drivers. It also only supports DirectX 12 and Vulkan applications at the moment as well.

Source: AMD and PCGamesN



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