NVIDIA представила новую функцию пространственного масштабирования в играх как альтернативу DLSS для карт без RTX
Вместе с новой версией графического драйвера GeForce Game Ready 496.76 WHQL компания NVIDIA обновила алгоритм технологии Spatial Scaling или пространственного масштабирования (апскелинга) изображения в играх, а также выпустила более удобные инструменты управления функцией. Кроме того, данная технология стала открытой (open source). Производитель также сообщил об обновлении более передовой технологии интеллектуального масштабирования DLSS до версии 2.3.
Источник изображений: NVIDIA
У NVIDIA и AMD есть свои технологии масштабирования изображения в играх, позволяющие добиться более высокой частоты кадров при высоком разрешении картинки. Обе трансформируют изображение с более низким разрешением в изображение с более высоким разрешением, фактически дорисовывая недостающие пиксели. Принципиальная же разница между AMD FidelityFX Super Resolution (FSR) и NVIDIA Deep Learning Super Sampling (DLSS) заключается в том, что DLSS использует для этого машинное обучение и тензорные ядра видеокарт серий GeForce RTX. В свою очередь FSR опирается на более простую технологию пространственного апскейлинга.
Однако видеокарты NVIDIA тоже поддерживают пространственный апскейлинг. При этом, в отличие от FSR, технология NVIDIA работает со всеми играми. Функция называется «Масштабирование изображения» (Image Scaling) и давно является частью драйвера NVIDIA. Она работает с видеокартами серии Maxwell и новее. Сегодня компания обновила алгоритмы масштабирования и повышения резкости изображения, а также добавила для неё более удобные инструменты управления.
Теперь работать с функцией пространственного апскейлинга NVIDIA можно через приложение GeForce Experience. Ранее настройки были доступны только через «Панель управления NVIDIA». Сейчас в настройках GeForce Experience можно выбрать уровни разрешения рендеринга (значения от 50 до 85 %) и увеличения резкости (0–100 %).
Для этого необходимо открыть вкладку управления настройками резкости изображения, активировать ползунок Image Scaling и выбрать нужные показатели разрешения рендера. Функцией повышения резкости изображения, являющейся частью инструментов пространственного апскейлинга NVIDIA, можно управлять непосредственно в уже запущенной игре. Для этого необходимо нажать сочетание клавиш Alt+F3 и с помощью ползунка выбрать нужный уровень резкости в появившемся меню управления фильтрами.
Для подтверждения работы функции можно использовать оверлей программы GeForce Experience. Зелёный цвет индикатора NIS будет говорить о том, что функция Image Scaling и фильтр резкости работают. Индикатор можно включить в настройках «Панели управления NVIDIA».
В NVIDIA отмечают, что эффективность технологии пространственного апскелинга гораздо ниже, чем у технологии DLSS, в чём можно убедиться, если взглянуть на изображения ниже. DLSS не только значительно улучшает изображение, но также повышает производительность игры. Однако поддержка DLSS должна быть реализована разработчиками в игре, тогда как апскейлинг работает везде, в любой игре. А за счёт того, что технология перешла в разряд Open Source, разработчики игр с помощью выпущенного NVIDIA набора инструментов Image Scaling SDK могут обеспечить поддержку апскейлинга в своих играх на GPU сторонних производителей, включая AMD и Intel. К слову, технология однопроходная и работает на шейдерах, она должна выдавать одинаковый результат на GPU разных производителей.
В то же время компания указывает, что более эффективную технологию интеллектуального масштабирования DLSS и функциональность настроек резкости изображения технологии Image Scaling можно использовать одновременно. Для этого Image Scaling необходимо активировать в «Панели управления NVIDIA» и запустить игру с поддержкой DLSS. Если в настройках игры не выбирать разрешение игры ниже родного разрешения экрана, то Image Scaling не будет пытаться масштабировать изображение, а только задействует фильтр резкости, что на выходе даст более качественное изображение. Синий цвет индикатора NIS в оверлее программы GeForce Experience будет говорить о том, что Image Scaling использует фильтр резкости, но не масштабирует изображение.
Что касается новой версии DLSS 2.3, то здесь NVIDIA поработала над векторами движения, которые используются для перепроектирования предыдущего кадра игры и наилучшего вычисления того, как должно выглядеть выходное изображение.
За счёт этого улучшается детализация и снижаются эффекты двоения изображения и мерцания движущихся частиц.
NIS (NVIDIA Image Scaling) Not Working? Here’s How to Fix It
For all the excitement around Nvidia’s new Image scaling (NIS) feature, the PC gaming community has been disappointed by how unreliable this feature is in reality. A lot of PC users running on several different Windows versions are reporting that they can’t really enable NIS as the top-left indicator is now showing – even on exclusive fullscreen games.
Using the NIS functionality
What is Nvidia NIS?
Nvidia Image Scaling (NIS) is one of the newest graphic innovations from the GPU manufacturer. It’s quite similar with similar image scaling features like DLSS (from Nvidia) and FidelityFX from AMD.
The general consensus is that in its current state, NIS is not as good as DLSS, but it’s still a feature that will allow you to boost the in-game framerates (FPS) by rendering games at low resolution, then upscaling them to match the current monitor resolution.
If you’re having trouble enabling Nvidia NIS on your PC, there are several potential causes that might be responsible. Here’s a list of potential culprits that you should troubleshoot against if you’re experiencing this issue:
- NIS is not supported on your configuration – The first thing you need to do when troubleshooting this issue is to make sure that NIS is supported by your GPU configuration. Although Nvidia advertises seamless integration, the reality is a lot of legacy GPUs are not able to support this feature
- Nvidia Image scaling is disabled – By far the most common scenario that might cause this behavior is when Image scaling is actually disabled from the Nvidia Control Panel menu. If this scenario is applicable, you can fix the problem by enabling Image Scaling from the Manage 3D settings menu (under 3D settings).
- The game or app is not configured to run in full-screen mode – Nvidia Image Scaling will not kickstart along with the application or game you’re currently rendering unless the app is configured to run in full-screen mode. NIS will not kick into action if you’re in borderless mode, window mode or ‘fake fullscreen’ mode.
- The game or application doesn’t support full-screen mode – You might experience this problem if you’re trying to force NIS on an application or game that doesn’t support full screen. In this case, you can force NIS to kick into action by ensuring that the application or game is using the same resolution as your desktop.
- NIS is deprecated for your Windows versions – As it turns out, Nvidia is slowly beginning to deprecate the NIS feature for newer models (particularly with GPUs where DLSS is supported). Fortunately, if you are a fan of Nvidia Image Scaling, there is a registry tweak you can use to re-enable Nvidia Image Scaling.
- NIS is unavailable at the motherboard level – Keep in mind that depending on your PC, your motherboard might not be directly connected to the Nvidia GPU. Thee are cases where the monitor connects via Integrated graphics and the NVIDIA GPU is used explicitly for rendering processes. Unfortunately, DELL and a few other manufacturers won’t provide an option to change this for some laptops, so you might not be able to use NVIDIA Image scaling even if your GPU technically supports it. If you are suffering from this motherboard design limitation, there’s really nothing you can do to enable NIS manually.
- HDR is enabled – As it turns out, there are situations where Nvidia Image Scaling conflicts with the HDR feature. This is highly dependent on your GPU and display. If this scenario is applicable, you should try disabling the HDR function and see if NIS kicks into action.
- Integer Scaling is enabled – As it turns out, this problem often occurs on a PC where Integer Scaling is enabled. This is a feature that scales low-resolution to increase image crispness but oftentimes ends up conflicting with Nvidia Image Scaling. To make sure this is not an issue in your case, make sure to disable integer scaling.
- Outdated or Deprecated GPU driver – Another reason why you can expect to deal with this issue is a scenario in which you’re actually using a deprecated or updated GPU driver that facilitated this inconsistency with NIS. A lot of users affected by this problem have confirmed that the NVIDIA Image Scaling feature started working normally after they’ve updated their driver to the latest version available.
- Optimus is Enabled – If Nvidia Optimus is enabled on the PC experiencing this problem and you don’t actually use it to freely switch between your GPUs, disabling it might resolve the issue automatically as a lot of affected users have reported.
- The game is running on integrated graphics – Before you dismiss this scenario from your culprit list, another scenario that you should investigate is a case where your PC actually prefers to render the game using the integrated graphics instead of the NVIDIA discrete GPU. This might occur with certain legacy games. In this case, you can resolve the issue by forcing the dedicated GPU via the Nvidia Control panel.
1. Make sure that NIS is supported on your PC configuration
Keep in mind that even if Nvidia advertises that NIS will seamlessly enable on your GPU, in practicality that’s not the case.
As you’ll see below, there are a series of limitations to Nvidia Image Scaling (NIS) – and not all of them are related to your GPU (some are display related). If you’re affected by one of them, you might not be able to utilize this feature on your PC.
First, let’s cover the requirements:
- NIS requires a display that is driven by an Nvidia GPU (the handling of the scan-out of the display needs to be done by an Nvidia GPU).
- If you are using an MSHybrid or Optimus configuration, you will need to set your notebook mode away from MSHybrid to discrete GPU mode in order to be able to enable Nvidia Image Scaling.
- NIS will only work when the game or application you’re running is configured to run in Full-Screen mode – NIS will remain disabled if the game or application is set to run in ‘fake fullscreen’ or borderless.
- If the game/app you’re attempting to use NIS on doesn’t support fullscreen mode, you can only enable Image Scaling by ensuring that the desktop resolution is the same as the game or app resolution.
Next, let’s cover the limitations of Nvidia Image Scaling:
- Nvidia Image Scaling is not supported for Maxwell and Pascal GPUs when used in conjunction with HDR.
- Nvidia Image Scaling is not supported for Pre-Ampere GPUs if you use the YUV 420 color format.
- Nvidia Image Scaling is not supported for Pre-Pascal GPUS while using the YUV 422 color format.
- Nvidia Image Scaling is not supported in SLI Mode and Surround Multi-Monitor Clone / Duplicate mode.
- Nvidia Image Scaling is not supported in Title Display, Direct Display, VR, and Integer Scaling mode.
If you went through every requirement and limitation of Nvidia Image Scaling and none of them should affect your particular scenario, move down to the next method below.
2. Enable NIS in Nvidia Control Panel or Ge-Force Experience
Once you’ve made sure that Nvidia Image Scaling is not hindered by any requirement that you don’t meet or by a limitation that applies to your particular legacy GPU, the next thing you should do is make sure that NIS is enabled from the Nvidia Control Panel menu.
Note: NIS is actually a driver-based spacial upscaler and sharpener that works for the vast majority of GeForce GPUs for all games that support full-screen mode. It will work for all DirectX versions including DirectX 9, DirectX 10, DirectX 11, DirectX 12, Vulkan and OpenGL.
However, you won’t see this feature starting automatically unless you begin by configuring it via Nvidia Control Panel or GeForce Experience.
Since there are two ways of activating Nvidia Image Scaling on Windows PCs, we’ve created two different sub-guides that will walk you through the process of enabling NVidia Image Scaling on:
- Nvidia Control Panel
- GeForce Experience
Follow the sub-guide below that you feel most comfortable with:
Enable NIS from Control Panel
This is the more rudimentary approach as you’ll have to make these changes manually to every resolution that you’ll use when upscaling via the NIS feature.
Here’s what you need to do:
- First things first, start by ensuring that the game you’re having trouble enabling NIS for is closed and not running in the background.
- From your desktop, right-click on an empty space, then click on Nvidia Control Panel. Accessing the Nvidia Control Panel
Enable NIS from GeForce Experience
If you want an easier approach, you’ll be pleased to know that GeForce Experience automates the manual process of changing resolutions per game. On top of this, you can also use GeForce Experience to easily adjust the in-game sharpness slider for real-time customization.
Follow the instructions below for the step-by-step guide to enabling NIS via GeForce Experience:
- First things first, you need to ensure that you have no game capable of leveraging NIS running in the background.
- Next, open Nvidia Experience and make sure that Experimental Features are enabled. To do this, click on the About box, then check the box associated with Enable experimental features.
Enable Experimental Features in Nvidia Experience
Alternatively, you can also enable the NIS solution from the in-game menu (if the game supports it). By pressing Alt +F3 while playing the game, you can manually adjust the degree of sharpening during your gameplay sessions. This will enable you to spot the difference in image clarity between different values.
3. Set the game to Full-Screen mode
If none of the methods above have allowed you to enable NVIDIA Image scaling, you should proceed by ensuring that the game you are attempting to play via the NIS solution is actually running in full-screen mode.
IMPORTANT: The Image Scaling feature will only work natively when the game is set to run in Full-Screen mode. You will not be able to get this NIS to enable automatically if the game is set to run in Borderless, Windowed, or Fake Full-screen mode.
So in order to ensure that Nividia Image Scaling is made available, access the in-game settings and switch the game mode to Full Screen.
Switch the game to Full Screen mode from the in-game settings
Alternatively, you can force Full-Screen mode at the game executable level by doing the following:
- Navigate to the location where the game is installed or to the desktop shortcut.
- Right-click on the desktop shortcut or the game executable and choose Properties from the context menu. Accessing the Properties screen for the game
- Once you’re inside the Properties screen of the game, access the Shortcut tab from the menu up top.
- Next, expand the drop-down menu associated with Run and change it from Normal window to Maximized.
Note: Some game developers (particularly Microsoft studios) will actually use a modified (fake) version of fullscreen that’s actually borderless fullscreen. This is the preferred option for some game developers in order to facilitate seamless transitions when gamers use the Alt + Tab functionality.
If the game you are attempting to play with NIS enabled uses ‘fake fullscreen’, the NIS feature will remain disabled unless the game and the desktop use the same resolutions.
For step-by-step instructions on ensuring that the desktop resolution & in-game resolution are equal, follow the next method below.
Set desktop resolution equal to the in-game resolution
In case the game you are attempting to play with NIVIDA Image scaling does not support the classic Full-Screen mode, the feature won’t start natively.
In this case, the only way to force NIS into enabling itself is to make sure the resolution is the same as the in-game resolution.
If none of the methods above worked in your case, this is the last resort method that won’t require you to get technical.
Follow the instructions below to ensure that the desktop resolution and the in-game resolution are equal:
- First, right-click on a free space on your desktop and click on Display Settings.Access the Display Settings menu
- Once you’re inside the Display screen, scroll all the way down to the Scale & Layout category and set the highest resolution available. Changing the Display resolution
In case the NIS functionality used to work but after an update, it no longer enables automatically, try the next method below.
5. Restore NIS after GPU Update (if applicable)
As it turns out, NIS (Nvidia Image Scaling) was partially discontinued for some NVIDIA GPUs after a driver update was released at the end of 2021.
In case you followed every method above and none of them allowed you to enable the NIS functionality, there’s one more thing you can try.
As some affected users have pointed out, you can actually get the old NIS functionality back even on GPU models where it’s deprecated by doing a small modification via Registry Editor.
Note: If you decide to go for this method, our recommendation is to back up your Registry in advance. This will save you from reinstalling Windows in case you make a mistake during this procedure.
Follow the instructions below to restore the NIS functionality for GPUs where it’s deprecated:
- Press Windows key + R to open up a Run dialog box.
- Next, type ‘regedit’ inside the Run dialog text box, then press Ctrl + Shift + Enter to open Registry Editor with admin access.Accessing the Regedit screen
- When you are prompted by the UserAccount Control, click Yes to grant admin access.
- Once you’re inside the Registry Editor, use the left-hand menu to navigate to the following location:
If this method is not applicable as NIS is not deprecated in your situation, move down to the next method below.
6. Disable HDR (if applicable)
If the methods above haven’t fixed your screen flickering issue, HDR might be the problem. If you have a low-end display, partial HDR support might be causing this behavior.
Some users who were also having this issue found that the NIS feature finally started automatically after they disabled HDR in the Settings menu.
It seems that Nvidia Image Scaling can interfere with HDR in some cases. This varies depending on your GPU and display. If you think this might be the problem, try turning off HDR and see if NIS works properly.
If you think this scenario applies to you and you have HDR enabled, follow the instructions below to turn it off and see if that solves the screen flickering issue:
- Start by finding the Windows icon in your taskbar.
- Click on it to open up the Start menu.
- From the next menu, locate and click Settings from the list of available options. Accessing the Settings menu
- Clicking on System from the side menu will take you to the next page. Accessing the System menu
- Find the System tab, then look for the Display menu from the menu on the left-hand side of the screen. Opening up the Display tab from the Settings menu
- Finally, scroll down to the bottom of this page and click on HDR.Accessing the HDR menu
- When you’re inside the HDR menu, change the setting to OFF, then save your changes.
- Remember to close the Settings menu and restart your computer to see if these changes have restored the Nvidia Image Scaling feature on your PC.
If this method didn’t fix the problem in your case, move down to the next potential fix below.
7. Disable Integer scaling
If you’ve come this far without a viable fix, another feature that you should investigate whether it’s conflicting with NIS (Nividia Image Scaling) is Integer Scaling.
Note: Integer Scaling is a scaling method available on both Nvidia and AMD GPU that works by scaling low-resolution on-screen images from one pixel to four pixels or more. The result is a crisper, yet the still pixelated image that’s scaled up to fit the display. Although Integer Scaling should not be the preferred approach when gaming, this scaling technology still produces good results with legacy games.
If you already have Integer Scaling enabled and you are looking for ways to enable NIS, chances are you’ll need to let go of one of them.
Typically if you’re playing legacy games (classic games), you should use integer scaling. If you’re playing modern games, NIS is the better option in case DLSS is not an option for your GPU.
If Integer Scaling is already enabled on your PC and you’re looking for a way to disable it in order to prevent a potential conflict with NIS, here’s what you need to do:
Right-click on a free space on your desktop and select Nvidia Control Panel from the context menu. Accessing Nvidia Control Panel
If this method didn’t fix the problem in your case or this guide was not applicable, follow the next potential fix below.
8. Update GPU Drivers & remove remnant data
This problem can also arise if you’re using an outdated or deprecated GPU driver that is incompatible with NIS. Many users who have experienced this issue have reported that the NVIDIA Image Scaling feature began working properly after they updated their driver to the latest version available.
You might expect to start dealing with this issue after a false positive end up forcing your Antivirus to quarantine some files or dependencies belonging to the GPU driver or after you’ve neglected to update your GPU driver for a long time.
Some users that we’re also having trouble getting the NIS feature to enable automatically for their Nvidia GPU have confirmed that the issue went away entirely after they uninstalled every Nvidia component, then used Display Driver Uninstaller + CCleaner (or similar tool) to remove any dependency before clean installing the latest compatible GPU driver version.
If you’re looking for step-by-step instructions on how to do this, follow the instructions below:
- First things first, press the Windows key + R to open up a Run dialog box.
- Inside the dialog box that just appeared, type ‘appwiz.cpl’ inside the text box and press Ctrl + Shift + Enter to open up the Programs and Features menu with admin access. Open up the Programs and Features menu
- Once you are promoted by the User Account Control (UAC) menu, click Yes to grant admin access.
- After you’re finally inside the Programs and Features menu, go ahead and click on the Publisher column in order to sort every installed program properly. Sort programs via their Publisher
- Next, go ahead and uninstall every Nvidia component (published by Nvidia Inc) including GeForce Experience PhysX System and everything else published by NVIDIA. You can prompt an uninstall by right-clicking on every NVIDIA item and choosing Uninstall from the context menu. Uninstall every NVIDIA dependency
If the same kind of issue is still occurring despite uninstalling the latest driver (or you already had the latest version installed), move down to the final potential fix below.
9. Force the game to be rendered in discrete mode
Before you write this scenario off as an impossibility, another potential explanation is that your PC is actually configured to run the game using integrated graphics rather than the NVIDIA discrete GPU. This might happen with certain older games. If that’s the case, you can fix the problem by changing the settings in the Nvidia Control panel to force it to use the dedicated GPU.
It appears that this problem is quite common for users who are trying to start the game from a gaming laptop using an Nvidia dedicated GPU. In this case, the inability of NIS to start is most likely due to the fact that the Nvidia Control Panel is labeling the game executable as a utility app and decides to use the integrated GPU to run it (instead of the dedicated option).
If this scenario applies to you, you can fix the problem by accessing your Nvidia Control Panel window, going to the 3D Settings menu, and forcing the usage of the dedicated GPU every time you launch that particular game:
Here’s a quick guide on ensuring that you’re using the high-performance GPU for the game where NIS remains disabled:
- On your desktop, right-click on free space and choose the Nvidia Control panel from the newly appeared context menu. Access the Nvidia Control Panel
- Once you’re inside the Nvidia Control Panel, expand the 3D Settings and select Manage 3D Settings.
If the problem is still not resolved, move down to the next method below.
10. Disable Optimus (if applicable)
If you have Nvidia Optimus enabled on your PC and you don’t actually use it to switch between your GPUs, disabling it might resolve the issue automatically as many affected users have reported.
Note: Nvidia Optimus is a proprietary Nvidia GPU switching technology that facilitates instantaneous and seamless switching between different GPU solutions while an application is opened. This technology is typically reserved for gaming laptops that have both an integrated (battery-saving GPU) and a dedicated (gaming GPU).
While this technology is very good in theory, a lot of users are reporting that it ends up conflicting with the Nividia Image Scaling technology.
If you have Nvidia Optimus enabled on your laptop and NIS insists on remaining disabled despite the fact that you tried every method above, try disabling the Optimus software and see if the problem is fixed.
Now, depending on which gaming laptop you use, the instructions on disabling Optimus will be different. To make matters easier for you, we’ve put together a list of sub-guides that should guide you through this process.
If you’re experiencing this issue on a Razer laptop, the way to disable Nvidia Optimus is via the Razer Synapse Software.
Open it and go to the System menu at the top, then click on the Performance tab. Once you’re inside, change the setting under GPU mode to Dedicated GPU Only.
Disable Optimus Software on Razer Laptop
Once you’ve made this change, a reboot is required in order to complete the process.
Tongfang / Eluktronics / XMG / Aftershock Laptops
All of these laptop brands use the same Control Center software. Among other things, you can use the Control Center software to access the General Settings and you’ll find an option named Disable Nvidia Optimus (among the bottom section of the screen.
Disable Optimus on Tongfang / Eluktronics / XMG / Aftershock
Once you make this change, reboot your PC in order to allow these changes to take effect.
If you’re using a Lenovo laptop, you’ll need to use the Lenovo Vantage software in order to disable Nvidia Optimus. Open up the utility, then use the right-hand bar on the right section.
This might be a bit confusing since the setting that allows you to disable Nvidia Optimus is actually called Hybrid Mode – Hybrid Mode OFF means that Nvidia Optimus is disabled.
Once you have disabled Hybrid Mode (Nvidia Optimus) on your Lenovo laptop, reboot your PC and allow the changes to take effect.
Lenovo Hybrid mode
MSI laptops will use a proprietary tweaking software called MSI Dragon Center. This is the one tool that will allow you to disable Nvidia Optimus from kicking into action.
To do so, open MSI Dragon Center and access the General Settings from the menu on the left. Next, move over to the right-hand pane and expand the GPU Switch drop-down menu, and set it to Discrete Graphics Mode.
Disable Nvidia Optimus on MSI laptops
Note: If the GPU Switch menu is set to MSHybrid Graphics Mode, it means that Nvidia Optimus is enabled.
Once you make this change, reboot your PC in order to allow the changes to take effect.
HP is no stranger to forcing gamers to use their proprietary tools. In order to disable Nvidia Optimus from an HP gaming laptop, you need to install the Omen Gaming Hub software.
Once you’re inside the utility, access the Graphic Switcher tab (from the ribbon bar at the top), then you’ll have the option to choose between Hybrid and Discrete modes.
Hybrid means that Nvidia Optimus is Enabled while Discrete means that Nvidia Optimus is always Disabled as the dedicated GPU is always preferred. You need to choose Discrete.
Disable Nvidia Optimus on HP gaming laptops
After you’ve made this change, reboot your PC in order to allow the changes to take effect.
Unlike every other gaming laptop manufacturer featured so far, Dell does NOT have a front end software that will allow you to quickly disable the Nvidia Optimus functionality.
The only way to do it if you’re using a Dell laptop is to boot into your BIOS (power on and keep pressing F2) as soon as you see the initial screen.
Once you’re finally inside the BIOS settings of your Dell laptop, access the Advanced tab and set the Enable Hybrid Graphics / Advanced Optimus (when available) to Disabled.
Disable Nvidia Optimus on Dell Laptops
Once you’ve followed the instructions above, save the changes, then boot normally in order to allow your Dell laptop to enforce the changes you’ve just operated.
If you’re using an ASUS laptop, you should install the ASUS Armory Crate Software (if you don’t already have it installed). This is the front-end software that will allow you to toggle Nvidia Optimus OFF in order to prevent it from conflicting with the NIS feature.
Open the ASUS Armory Crate Software and go under the System Configuration section. From there, toggle the GPU mode to Discrete Graphics and away from Optimus in order to disable Nvidia Optimus.
Modifying the default GPU mode
Once you’ve enforced this change, reboot your PC in order to allow the changes to take effect.
Even if Aorus is a lesser-known gaming laptop manufacturer in the west, they do have proprietary front-end software that will allow you to freely toggle Nvidia Optimus On and Off.
What you need to do is open the AORUS Control Center Software and access the Manager tab from the ribbon bar at the top.
Accessing the Manager tab from AORUS Control Center
Once you’re inside the Manager tab, access the Graphic Switch option and change it to Discrete GPU in order to disable Nvidia Optimus.
After you make this change and effectively disable Nvidia Optimus, a restart is required in order to enforce the new GPU behavior.
Surprisingly, most Alienware laptops will not be able to use front-end proprietary software in order to disable Nvidia Optimus.
This means that in case you’re using an Alienware gaming laptop, the universal way of ensuring that Nvidia Optimus stays Off is to access the BIOS settings.
Do this by booting your computer and pressing the F2 key as soon as you see the initial screen.
Once you have successfully entered the BIOS settings, access the Advanced tab from the menu at the top. Next, scroll down to the bottom of the screen and Disable the option named as Enable Hybrid Graphics / Advanced Optimus (when available).
Disable Nvidia Optimus on Alienware Laptops
Once you’ve made this change, save the BIOS changes, then boot normally and see if the problem is now resolved.
If you’re using an Acer gaming laptop, the quickest way of disabling the Nvidia Optimus feature is to use the Predator Sense software.
Open up the front-end software and click on the settings (cog icon) from the top-right corner of the screen.
From the context menu that just appeared, ensures that the Discrete GPU Only setting is turned ON.
Enable Discrete GPU on Predator Sense
Note: By enabling Discrete GPU Only setting, you’ll ensure that Nvidia Optimus remains disabled.
After you’ve made this change, reboot your PC in order to allow the changes to take effect.
In case disabling Nvidia Optimus did not work for you (or it was already disabled), the only option left is to try an alternative to Nvidia Image Scaling.
ALTERNATIVE: Use a Lossless scaling app
In case none of the methods above have worked or NIS is not directly available due to our motherboard, one alternative is to use an app like the Lossless scaling app.
Loseless Scaling app
Note: This app lets you scale windowed games to full screen using the same technology made available via NIS (Nividia Image Scaling). Its’ particularly effective when having to do spatial scaling, pixel art scaling, and algorithm-powered sharpening.
This app is available via Steam and it’s the perfect alternative if NIC is not available natively.
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How to Enable Nvidia Image Scaling (NIS) for Higher FPS in Games?
Nvidia Image Scaling (NIS) is a brand new feature that is somewhat similar to existing scaling features like DLSS from Nvidia and FidelityFX from AMD. Image upscaling has become the norm these days as game titles become more demanding. As a result, technologies are being introduced that let you enjoy the high image quality while also having the ability to play the game properly. It is no secret that as you increase the quality of the graphics in your game, the bigger the hit on your frame rate. Similarly, increasing the resolution of the game also has a toll on your FPS and that’s a problem.
As it turns out, Nvidia Image Scaling is a feature that is available in the newest Nvidia drivers update. Before we proceed and show you how to make use of the NIS feature, let us first discuss how this is different from the existing features like DLSS and how it compares with AMD’s FidelityFX. As it turns out, while the functionality of the three may sound the same, there’s a difference in how they actually work.
NIS vs DLSS vs AMD FidelityFX
To start off, DLSS uses A.I to upscale but it is only available on Nvidia 20 or 30 series graphics cards. This is because these cards have dedicated cores for the purpose of A.I acceleration that are referred to as Tensor cores. The drivers include an A.I. models that utilize these tensor cores in order to upscale the images.
When it comes to FidelityFX and Nvidia Image Scaling, the working is much different. Both of these features do not use A.I., rather they work on the current rendered frame by upscaling it. After upscaling the frame, a sharpening filter is applied to make the image look like it would on a higher resolution. In addition to that, unlike DLSS, NIS does not require you to have a 20 or 30 series graphics card from Nvidia but rather you can use it on older GPUs as well. Now, obviously, DLSS is a much superior feature as it uses A.I. and as a result offers better results. Nvidia Image Scaling is the green’s take on AMD’s FidelityFX.
With that out of the way, let us get started and show you how you can enable NIS on your system. So, without further ado, let us jump right into it.
Download Latest NVIDIA Drivers
As it turns out, the first thing that you would need to do is to install the latest NVIDIA drivers on your computer. NVIDIA Image Scaling is only included in the new driver that is available now. As such, it isn’t something that you can enable on an older version of the drivers. Downloading and installing the drivers on your computer is really easy and straightforward. To do this, follow the instructions that are given down below:
- First of all, in your browser window, head to NVIDIA’s download web page by clicking here.
- Once you are there, provide the details of the graphics card that you have and then download the latest driver available. Downloading Latest NVIDIA Drivers
- After you have downloaded the driver, install it on your system.
- Once the installation is complete, you are done and move on to the next step down below.
Enable NVIDIA Image Scaling
Now that you have installed the latest drivers on your computer, you are ready to get started with NVIDIA Image Scaling. Since this feature is new for now, you might come across some issues. As of now, there have been reports of the feature not essentially improving the FPS for users that have an ultrawide monitor. Apparently, this is because NIS is first upscaling the image to 16:9 aspect ratio and then going up to 2k or so, which results in a performance hit.
To enable NVIDIA Image Scaling, follow the instructions that are given down below:
- First of all, go to your desktop and right click. From the drop down menu, click the NVIDIA Control Panel option provided. Opening up NVIDIA Control Panel
- Once the Control Panel window is up, on the left hand side, click the Adjust image settings with preview option.
- There, make sure that the Use the advanced 3D image settings option is selected and then click the Apply button. Using Advanced 3D Image Settings
- After doing that, on the left hand side, go to Manage 3D settings.
- Once you are there, you can choose to enable NIS globally or for a specific game. In case of a specific game, you will have to switch to the Program Settings tab and choose the game that you wish to enable NIS for from the drop down menu provided.
- After you have done that, under Settings at the top, you will find Image Scaling.
- Highlight the option and change it from Off to On.Enabling Image Scaling
- In addition to that, you will have to use a sharpening percentage using the slider provided.
- We would recommend to choose between 20 to 30 percent as anything more than that looks too sharpened.
- You can also choose to tick the Overlay Indicator checkbox which will indicate when NIS is in action.
- Finally, click the Apply button provided.
With that, you have successfully enabled Nvidia Image Scaling. If you wish to benchmark the difference in performance, you can do so by playing the game with and without NIS enabled. If there is a performance boost, leave it enabled and enjoy the extra frame rate.
NVIDIA Image Scaling not showing or working in Windows 11/10
NVIDIA Image Scaling (NIS) is a scaling technology developed by NVIDIA, one of the world’s leading graphics card manufacturing companies. NIS is a driver-based upscaling feature that uses improved sharpening and scaling algorithms to provide gamers with an enhanced gaming experience. Some users have complained that the NS technology is not working on their computers. There are several causes why NVIDIA Image Scaling may not be not showing or working on your Windows PC. In this article, we will see some possible fixes to resolve this problem.
You can enable the NVIDIA Image Scaling feature via the NVIDIA Control Panel and GeForce Experience. After enabling NIS, you can also make it appear as an overlay indicator in your game. If the NIS text label (on the upper left corner of the screen) is green, it indicates that the NIS technology is working on your computer, whereas the blue color of the NIS text label shows that the NIS technology is not working on your system.
How do I get NVIDIA Image Scaling to work?
To get NVIDIA Image Scaling to work, you have to enable it. There are two ways to enable NVIDIA Image Scaling, via the NVIDIA Control Panel and via the GeForce Experience. If you do not find an option to enable NVIDIA Image Scaling in GeForce Experience, enable the Experimental features option in GeForce Experience. After that, a new version of the app will be downloaded automatically. Now, restart the GeForce Experience app and you will see the option to enable NIS there.
We have explained the step-by-step process to enable the NVIDIA Image Scaling using both of these options below in this article.
NVIDIA Image Scaling not showing or working
- Make sure that you have setup NVIDIA Image Scaling correctly on your device
- Make sure that your game supports the full-screen mode
- Switch to the dedicated GPU from the integrated GPU
- Disable NVIDIA Optimus (if applicable)
- Disable Integer Scaling
- Modify a Registry key
Let’s see all these fixes in detail.
1] Make sure that you have setup NVIDIA Image Scaling correctly on your device
The NVIDIA Image Scaling does not work until you set up and configured it correctly on your device. As we have explained earlier in this article, there are two ways to enable NIS on a Windows computer having the NVIDIA Graphics Card; via the NVIDIA Control Panel and via the GeForce Experience. We have explained the steps to enable NIS using both of these methods below.
Enable NVIDIA Image Scaling on a Windows computer using NVIDIA Control Panel
The following steps will help you enable NVIDIA Image Scaling from the NVIDIA Control Panel.
- Launch NVIDIA Control panel.
- When the NVIDIA Control Panel appears on your screen, expand the 3D Settings node and select Manage 3D Settings.
- On the right-hand side, you will see two tabs, Global Settings and Program Settings. Select the Global Settings tab.
- Select Image Scaling, click on the drop-down menu next to it and select On.
- Click OK. This will enable NVIDIA Image Scaling for your games.
When you enable the NVIDIA Image Scaling, the driver will generate 5 additional scaling resolutions based on the native resolution of your monitor. Now, the next thing is to ensure that your game will recognize these new resolutions. For this, you have to restart your system after performing the above steps. After rebooting your system, you can select the desired resolution for your game in the in-game settings.
Enable NVIDIA Image Scaling on a Windows computer via GeForce Experience
To enable NVIDIA Image Scaling via GeForce Experience, make sure that you have enabled the Experimental features in GeForce Experience. Without turning on the Experimental features, you will not see an option to enable the NIS. The following steps will guide you on this.
- Launch NVIDIA GeForce Experience.
- Click on the Enable Experimental features option available on the bottom left side of the interface. After enabling it, a new version of GeForce Experience will be downloaded automatically.
- After the download is complete, close the GeForce Experience and launch it again. Now, you will see the new Image Scaling option in GeForce Experience. By default, it is turned off. Turn it on by clicking on the toggle switch next to it.
- After enabling the Image Scaling, you will see a popup message on your screen, saying “Image Scaling is enabled. Optimize all games and settings…” If you click on Optimize, the Image Scaling setting will be applied to the games supported by Geforce Experience installed on your computer.
You can also select the NVIDIA Image Scaling resolutions in the in-game settings.
2] Make sure that your game supports the full-screen mode
If the above methods won’t let you enable NVIDIA Image Scaling for a particular game, make sure that the game supports fullscreen mode. By default, the NVIDIA Image Scaling works for the games that offer the fullscreen mode. Therefore, you have to enable the fullscreen mode in your in-game settings. If the game does not support the fullscreen mode, lowering the render resolution can help. You can change resolution via the NVIDIA Control Panel.
3] Switch to the dedicated GPU from the Integrated GPU
The problem mostly occurs if the game is using the integrated graphics card instead of the NVIDIA dedicated GPU. If this is the case with you, you can fix it by forcing your game to use the high-end GPU instead of the integrated GPU. Some laptops have a MUX switch that lets users switch between the integrated and dedicated graphics card. If your laptop has a MUX switch, you can use it to switch from the integrated graphics card to the dedicated graphics card.
- Open NVIDIA Control Panel.
- Expand the 3D Settings node on the left side and select the Manage 3D Settings option.
- Select the Program Settings tab on the right side of the interface.
- Click Add. Now, click on the Browse button and select the executable file of the game which is giving you trouble.
- Click Add Selected Program.
- Select the High-Performance GPU under the Use Selected Graphics Processor for this program.
- Save the changes and restart your system.
After that, your game will start using the dedicated GPU instead of the integrated GPU. This should fix the problem. If the problem still persists, try the next solution.
4] Disable NVIDIA Optimus (if applicable)
NVIDIA Optimus is the technology that automatically optimizes the notebook of the users to offer them the best performance and the best battery life. It is a GPU switching technology developed by NVIDIA. It makes your laptop switch automatically between the integrated and discrete graphics card based on the applications you use.
For some users, this feature was creating a problem. After disabling it, they were able to fix the issue. You might be facing the problem due to NVIDIA Optimus technology. If this is the case with you, disabling NVIDIA Optimus can fix the problem. The steps to disable NVIDIA Optimus differ for the laptops of different brands.
5] Disable Integer Scaling
NVIDIA Integer Scaling is a feature used to upscale the low-resolution images so that they cloud better match with the user’s monitor. Though it is a useful feature on NVIDIA Graphics Cards, some users have found it conflicting with the NVIDIA Image Scaling. If you have enabled the Integer Scaling, turn it off and then check if this helps you resolve the issue.
- Open NVIDIA Control Panel.
- Expand the Display node on the left side.
- If your GPU supports the Integer Scaling, you will see it in the options listed under the Display node. Select the Integer Scaling option to disable it.
6] Modify a Registry key
If NVIDIA Image Scaling is not showing on your computer, you can restore it in the NVIDIA Control Panel by modifying the EnableGR535 key in your Windows Registry. Before you proceed, we recommend you create a system restore point and backup your Windows Registry.
Click on the Windows Search and type Registry Editor, then select the Registry Editor from the search results. Click Yes in the UAC prompt.
When the Registry Editor appears on your screen, copy the following path and paste it into the address bar of the Registry Editor. After that, press Enter.
Make sure that you have selected the FTS key on the left side. Now, double-click on the value named EnableGR535 on the right side of the interface and enter 0 in its Value Data. When you are done, click OK to save the changes.
If the Value EnableGR535 does not exist on the right side, you have to create it manually. For this, right-click in the empty space on the right side and go to “New > DWORD (32-bit) Value.” Right-click on the newly created Value and select Rename. Rename it to EnableGR535.
When you are done, close the Registry Editor and restart your computer. This should restore the NIS setting.
How do I know if NIS is working?
After enabling the NVIDIA Image Scaling, you can make it appear as an overlay indicator in your games. This is similar to the FPS displayed in the games by FPS Counter software. This NIS overlay indicator will help you know whether NIS is working or not. If NIS is working, the overlay indicator (NIS text label displayed on the top left corner of the screen) will be green. If it is not working, the color of the indicator will be blue.
Hope this helps.
Date: May 13, 2022 Tags: NVIDIA
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