AMD Fidelity FX Is Good For Gamers And The Industry


If someone has ever told you that RGB lighting on your gaming rig improves the performance of your rig, that person is wrong. It’s funny, but they are wrong. Although RGB lighting is a spicy feature for computer hardware, features that go into PC hardware can often go overlooked.

When purchasing PC components to build a gaming machine, features of said component are often considered by they improve performance, case-value, and longevity of the component; will my graphics card or monitor, or memory be able to handle the next generation of AAA titles? Raw specifications seal the buy, and features come secondary or seen as nothing more than gimmicks. However, every now and then, there are features that play an innovative role to the next generation of gaming, and AMD’s new upscaling technology is one of them.

AMD recently announced AMD FidelityFX Super Resolution (FSR) upscaling technology, a feature on supported AMD hardware. Recently, my team at Moor Insights & Strategy put together a paper titled “AMD FidelityFX Super Resolution:A Real Game Changer,” testing out AMD’s claims of FSR. AMD claims it improves performance, improves visual acuity, and provides an easier implementation for developers.

What is AMD FSR?

Without spoiling the research brief which you should read fully, let’s walk through AMD’s new upscaling technology. Upscaling technologies, some being built into consumer devices like TVs, are difficult to integrate into games. So, while upscaling solutions are great for video and pictures, gaming continues to fall behind, especially when gaming falls to its hubris of being the primary driver of graphics innovation. 

FSR tackles the very problems that existing upscaling solutions are unable to get around when it comes to gaming. Existing upscaling solutions can leave artifact ghosting and difficult to integrate for developers. These problems lead to a deficiency in PC and console quality as gaming technology innovates. From the developer side, it keeps upscaling adoption at bay since there is no single solution, and proprietary upscaling from developers is not easy to implement.

Games that support AMD FidelityFX Super Resolution as of August of 2021. AMD

AMD FSR works across a wide variety of older GPUs and APUs as well as its competitor NVIDIA. FSR has open-source properties that allow it to succeed in adoption where other upscaling solutions may fall. The fact that it is built into a variety of GPU and APU hardware gives it promising scaling capabilities. FSR offers a number of different resolutions, is cross-platform, and is easy to integrate through industry-standard APIs already familiar to developers. 

Wrapping up

FSR will no doubt be a valuable feature for future generations of gaming innovation for older generations of gaming hardware that desire to hold value still. FSR holds many technological features that differentiate it from existing upscaling technologies that benefit the gaming industry, both consumer and developer. 

My Moor Insights & Strategy team goes more into detail about how effective AMD’s new upscaling technology is and how it will keep old hardware in the game as new and more exciting AAA titles are released. Visit to read Moor Insights & Strategy’s free research paper on how AMD’s FidelityFX Super Resolution is a game-changer.

Note: Moor Insights & Strategy co-op Jacob Freyman contributed to this article.

Patrick Moorhead

Patrick founded the firm based on his real-world world technology experiences with the understanding of what he wasn’t getting from analysts and consultants. Ten years later, Patrick is ranked #1 among technology industry analysts in terms of “power” (ARInsights)  in “press citations” (Apollo Research). Moorhead is a contributor at Forbes and frequently appears on CNBC. He is a broad-based analyst covering a wide variety of topics including the cloud, enterprise SaaS, collaboration, client computing, and semiconductors. He has 30 years of experience including 15 years of executive experience at high tech companies (NCR, AT&T, Compaq, now HP, and AMD) leading strategy, product management, product marketing, and corporate marketing, including three industry board appointments.