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NVIDIA launched the DLSS feature in September 2018 and released the first version in February 2019. It can help users enjoy better image quality in games with a smoother frame rate supported by AI technology. However, this needs to be integrated before the game is released. If the game doesn’t implement DLSS, even hardware support still doesn’t work.

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For a new game, it's not that special to have DLSS support. They can integrate the feature in the game before release. But with all the previously released games, how can we get DLSS to perform? It's hard to push game developers to integrate the function. NVIDIA's AI technology DLSS 1.0 has been improved to 2.0. During this time, the software has become more mature and stable. The algorithm can help with image upscaling and without game integration it means NVIDIA Image Scaling can work on most of the games running in full-screen display.

Please follow the instructions below. We will guide you on how to activate this function in our gaming desktop system. Within NVIDIA Image Scaling support, you can enjoy better resolution and smoother frame rate when you play games.

Here are several items that you need to keep in mind before enabling NIS (NVIDIA Image Scaling)
- NVIDIA Image Scaling is still in an experimental phase so it might not work on some games.
- Try to use an HDMI connector instead of a DP connector if you enable experimental features but still cannot use the function.
- Please disable the function if you're not gaming. We found a compatibility issue with Youtube when NIS was enabled.

How to enable NVIDIA Image Scaling

1. Upgrade your VGA driver, and enable beta test for your Gefore Experience.

Update your VGA driver to 496.76 or a newer version.

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After the update is finished, open GeForce Experience and go to the setting page. Check the “Enable experimental features. A GeForce Experience update may be required” as seen in the yellow frame in the picture. The GeForce Experience update will run for a while. After it is completed, go to the settings page again. You will see IMAGE SCALING show up.

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2. Enable Image Scaling in NVIDIA Control Panel or GeFore Experience.

You can enable NVIDIA Image Scaling through GeForce Experience or NVIDIA Control Panel. Here we will use NVIDIA Control Panel as an example. Go to “Manage 3D settings” then find the “Image Scaling” function in Global Settings. Change to “On” and check “Overlay Indicator” and press OK. Apply the new settings before you exit.

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3. Select the resolution in game and enjoy.

Open the game you want to play. Set up a full-screen display, and select the display resolution like the table below. For example, if you use a QHD monitor, then it can select 2176 x 1224, 1970 x 1108, 1706 x 960, 1506 x 847, 1280 x 720 resolution for the game display. Each resolution represents the image's upscale level like Ultra High, High, Balance, Performance. We recommend choosing “85% or 77%” for the best gaming experience without losing too much image quality.

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Upscaling Table

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Example for Image Scaling Resolution Setup in Far Cry 6

Here is an example that shows you what difference it makes when you enable NVIDIA Image Scaling in-game. Because we enabled overlay indicators before, so you can see the difference between whether we enable NIS or not. Blue is NIS off, green is NIS on. We also run some games performance tables as below for your reference.

Note: When snapshotting the picture in the game, the NIS icon will not be captured so you need to use an external capture card to snapshot.

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The left one is NIS off, right one is NIS on.


Performance Table (Graphic Setting: High)

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MAX FPS MAX Quality – NVIDIA Image Scaling

With NVIDIA Image Scaling, the entry-level system can outperform game performance from FHD to QHD or QHD to UHD. Previously, you could be limited by the VGA's performance and only choose an FHD monitor. Now you can save the budget for upgrading VGA card then pick up a QHD or UHD monitor for a better gaming experience by NIS feature. Here is the product list to help you pick MSI's gaming systems and monitors.

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Gaming Desktop
MPG Trident A 11th
RTX 3060
MPG Trident 3 11th
RTX 3060
MPG Trident 3 11th
1660 Super
MAG Infinite S3 11th
RTX 3060
MAG Infinite S3 11th
GTX 1660 Super
MAG Codex 5 11th
RTX 3060


Gaming Monitor
Flat
Curved
MAG281URF
MPG ARTYMIS 343CQR
MAG281URV
MPG ARTYMIS 323CQR
MPG321UR-QD
MPG ARTYMIS 273CQR
MPG321QRF-QD
MPG341QR