How to Enable and Configure AMD Virtual Super Resolution

Article Number: DH-010

​This document provides general information and step-by-step instructions on how to enable and configure AMD Virtual Super Resolution (VSR).

The contents of this document are organized into the following sections:

AMD Virtual Super Resolution Overview

AMD Virtual Super Resolution allows games to render at higher resolutions (above the native resolution of the display, up to 4K) and then rescales them down to a lower native display resolution.  When this feature is enabled, virtual resolutions beyond the native resolution of the display will be available in a wide variety of games and applications, including the Windows® Desktop. 

VSR works independent of the game engine. As long as the game title can support the higher resolutions enabled by VSR, this feature should work.  Effectively, VSR provides a Super Sampling Anti-Aliasing (SSAA) feature for the games and applications that do not natively support that functionality. 

In addition to the quality benefits associated with rendering at a higher resolution, VSR can provided a wider or more complete view in games. This aspect of the feature can be beneficial in real-time strategy or world-building games where seeing more of the world can give the user an edge, as shown in this example:


 

Supported Products and VSR Modes

AMD Virtual Super Resolution is currently supported on the graphic cards listed in the table below.  If your AMD graphics card is not listed here, check the Product Resource Center for compatibility.

Radeon™ RX 500 SeriesAMD Radeon™ R9 295X2
Radeon™ RX 400 SeriesAMD Radeon™ R9 290 Series
Radeon™ Pro DuoAMD Radeon™ R9 280 Series
AMD Radeon™ R9 Fury SeriesAMD Radeon™ R9 270 Series
AMD Radeon™ R9 NanoAMD Radeon™ R7 260 Series
AMD Radeon™ R9 390 SeriesAMD Radeon™ HD 7900 Series
AMD Radeon™ R9 380 SeriesAMD Radeon™ HD 7800 Series
AMD Radeon™ R7 370 SeriesAMD Radeon™ HD 7790 Series
AMD Radeon™ R7 360 SeriesDesktop A-Series 7400K APUs and above


Supported VSR modes are dependent on the target display's native timing (resolution, refresh rate).  However, some VSR modes are only available on certain AMD GPUs.  Please refer to the table below for supported VSR modes.

Target Display TimingSupported VSR Modes
​1366 X 768 @ 60HZ ​1600 X 900
1920 X 1080
​1600 X 900 @ 60HZ ​1920 X 1080
1​920 X 1080 @ 60HZ ​2560 X 1440
3200 X 1800
3840 X 2160 (AMD Radeon™ R9 285, AMD Radeon™ R9 380 and AMD Radeon™ R9 Fury Series)
​1920 X 1200 @ 60HZ ​2048 X 1536
2560 X 1600
3840 X 2400 (AMD Radeon™ R9 285, AMD Radeon™ R9 380 and AMD Radeon™ R9 Fury Series)
​2560 X 1440 @ 60HZ ​3200 X 1800
​1920 X 1080 @ 120HZ ​1920 X 1200 @ 120Hz
2048 X 1536 @ 120Hz


Enabling AMD Virtual Super Resolution

AMD VSR can be enabled within AMD Radeon™ Settings for Windows® based systems.  To ensure full compatibility it is recommended to use the latest graphics driver.  For instructions on installing AMD graphics drivers, please refer to document: How-To Install Radeon Software Crimson ReLive Edition on a Windows Based System.

To enable VSR within the AMD Radeon Settings follow these steps:

  1. Open AMD Radeon Settings. This can be done in any of the following ways:
            1. Right click on your desktop and select AMDRadeon Settings

            2. Click on the Radeon Settings icon in the System Tray

            3. Select AMD Radeon Settings from the Programs menu

  2. Navigate to the Display tab

  3. Set Virtual Super Resolution to ON

  4. Close Radeon Settings to exit.

Applying a Supported VSR Mode

Once VSR is turned on within Radeon Settings, applying a supported VSR mode for a particular game can be done through the in-game Graphics/Video settings menu.

These are general steps for applying a supported VSR mode to games:

  1. Launch the desired game and open the Graphics/Video menu.  If required, please refer to the game guide for instructions on accessing Graphics/Video menu.
  2. Select the Resolution option to see a list of available resolutions that the game can run in.
  3. Resolutions listed that are higher than the native resolution of the display are VSR modes.
    Note! If the option only contains resolutions that are equal and/or lower than the native resolution supported by your display, then that is a limitation of the game as it cannot render at higher resolutions and does not support VSR modes.
  4. Select the desired VSR mode and apply/save change.  The game should now run in the selected VSR mode


Windows® Desktop can also be configured in a similar way, if the VSR benefits are desired for applications that run on the Desktop or in Windowed Mode.  Right-click on the Windows desktop and choose 'Screen resolution' from the pop-up menu.  When VSR is enabled, you will see additional resolutions in the list.

Note!
When using VSR on Windows® Desktop, text may appear blurry.


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