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How to enable Nvidia DSR for nvidia gtx 970 and gtx 960

To enable DSR globally for newer Nvidia GPUs you simply need to visit the Nvidia control panel and select the DSR factors you want to enable. Enable DSR 2x and DSR 4x Resolution Factors, which allow you to force games to use higher resolutions than your monitor allows, such as 2715x1527 and 3840x2160 (4k). After the image is upscaled to these higher resolutions, Nvidia downscales that image back to your native resolution, using some fancy image filters to improve overall image quality while playing PC games. I've taken some screen shots of Dragon Age Inquisition using DSR and MFAA technology to see what the best options were.

You will notice reduced performance (lower FPS) when you have these resolutions enabled in the game. If you set DSR to be on globally but don't select the higher resolutions in the game you will not notice any performance difference so you might as well enable this globally and use DSR resolutions when your PC can handle the extra work. If you are able to play a game with maxed out settings and you get around 100 FPS or more then you should be able to utilize the 2715x1527 resolution and still get frame rates that are close to, or above 60 FPS.

While Nvidia's DSR is not meant to be a replacement for Anti-Aliasing, it can be used as an alternative if you feel that DSR provides better quality for less performance. If a game only supports MSAA and you find that too taxing on your GPU, you should try out DSR in place of AA to see if you get better performance.

You can also use Dynamic Super Resolution to resize videos to 2715x1527, which can significantly improve video quality when used with advanced video renderers such as MadVR.

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How to enable Nvidia MFAA with nvidia gtx 970 and gtx 960

To enable Nvidia's new MFAA technology you simply need to visit the Nvidia control panel and change "Multi-Frame Sampled AA" (MFAA) from "off" to "on". Once you apply the change any game that uses MSAA will now apply the MFAA to the image. This does mean that enabling MSAA 2x will reduce performance by a few FPS compared to just using normal MSAA however the image quality is comparable to MSAA 4x so if your PC can already handle MSAA 4x you should enable MFAA and use MSAA 2x to get a few extra FPS and just as good image quality.

If you do not use MSAA in game then there is no point to enable MFAA in the Nvidia control panel. Whether or not you prefer to just use DSR and avoid using any kind of AA is up to you. Personally I think that DSR 2x looks better than using MSAA or MFAA or both combined.

If you are unable to play a game with DSR resolutions, then your best bet would be to enable MFAA, and try out MSAA x2 in game. You must enable MSAA in the game or else MFAA will not be used. MFAA is a compliment to MSAA, not an independent anti aliasing option.

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GTX 970 2715x1527 Memory Usage

With my GTX 970 and Intel i7-4790K, I can play dragon age inquisition with all ultra settings with DSR 2x (2715x1527) and get around 48 FPS in Skyhold tavern and main hall area, but out in the wild I get around 58 - 59 fps. I did not have MSAA enabled while I used DSR 2x factor, otherwise framerates would have been peasantish. During a cut-scene my GTX 970 used about 3619MB of it's Memory. 48 FPS seemed to be the limit and even if I jumped slightly above 3500MB or 3.5GB of GPU memory the framerate was still ok. If you use 1080p resolution and use MSAA 2x + MFAA you will get around 56 FPS and memory usage capped out at 3459MB almost 3.5GB RAM.

Click on the thumbnail to view the pic in a slightly larger format, or click here for a full resolution pic. You can see that Dragon Age Inquisition stays just under 3.5GB of GPU memory. It's very hard to force Dragon Age to use all 4GB of RAM. I was able to push my GTX 970 memory usage to about 3.7GB of RAM while playing @ 3840x2160 with 2 x MSAA and MFAA. The framerates were already too low to play with, but I wanted to see if performance tanked significantly once the card went over 3.5GB memory. I found that it was pretty hard to actually find the performance hit while playing a game using normal settings. It is true that the GTX 970 suffers with synthetic benchmarks that use all 4GB of GPU memory, but while playing games this isn't a huge issue, at least imo.

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It looks like some GTX 970 cards have issues performing well under synthetic GPU benchmark / stress tests as mentioned here, however I did not see a massive drop in FPS when playing dragon age inquisition @ 2715x1527, granted I did drop below 60 FPS in some areas, but nothing too abnormal. It's possible that this is really only an issue when running a benchmark, which doesn't mean it's an actual real world problem. I will do some more testing, but so far I haven't seen an issue with performance when my GTX 970 uses over 3.5GB RAM.

For a better explanation of the GTX 970 3.5GB RAM ordeal, check out the Linus Tech Tips video below.

Nvidia GTX 970 and GTX 960 DSR, MSAA, and MFAA settings for Dragon Age Inquisition

I've found that Nvidia's DSR makes Dragon Age Inquisition look very nice on the PC! The performance hit is massive if you attempt to use DSR to render native 1080p at 2715x1527 or 3840x2160, however it might make more sense to use DSR and disable MSAA and / or MFAA. If you just got a GTX 960 and aren't sure what to do, try out MSAA 2x + MFAA before you attempt to use DSR.

My PC Specs are

  • Intel i7-4790K
  • Gigabyte GTX 970 G1 Edition (with a +150 core overclock)
  • 16GB DDR3 RAM
  • All SSD
  • Windows 8.1 Pro


  • Dragon Age Inquisition Graphics Settings In game video settings are all set to ULTRA quality. Vsync is disabled. No MSAA.

Nvidia DSR Factor: 2x 2715x1527 Dragon Age Inquisition Screenshot

My PC Specs are

  • Intel i7-4790K
  • Gigabyte GTX 970 G1 Edition (with a +150 core overclock)
  • 16GB DDR3 RAM
  • All SSD
  • Windows 8.1 Pro

With an i7-4790K and GTX 970 I can get decent FPS with DSR 2x. I'm using all Ultra settings here and get around 40 FPS, so if you lower some settings like shadows, you might be able to get close to 60 FPS. DSR 2x looks a lot better than not using DSR and instead using MSAA + MFAA. If you are using a GTX 960 then you may only want to stick with using MFAA for Dragon Age Inquisition.


  • Dragon Age Inquisition Graphics Settings Everything is set to ULTRA. Vsync disabled. No MSAA. I get around 40 FPS with 2x DSR enabled. For the full screenshot, click the link below
  • [Full Image Here]

1080p DSR x2 2715x1527 MFAA OFF MSAA OFF.jpg

Nvidia DSR Factor: 4x 3840x2160 Dragon Age Inquisition Screenshot

My PC Specs are

  • Intel i7-4790K
  • Gigabyte GTX 970 G1 Edition (with a +150 core overclock)
  • 16GB DDR3 RAM
  • All SSD
  • Windows 8.1 Pro

I'm using one of the best CPUs around, and one of the best GPUs and I can't run Dragon Age Inquisition using DSR 4x (3840 x 2160). This is with all settings on Ultra. You might be able to lower some other settings like shadows, or even the resolution scale to make this work, but honestly I'd just stick with DSR 2x unless you are using a GTX 960, if so try MFAA first.


  • Dragon Age Inquisition Graphics Settings Everything is set to ULTRA. Vsync disabled. No MSAA. I get around 22 FPS with 4x DSR enabled. This is about 18 FPS less than using 2x DSR.
  • [Full Image Here]

1080p DSR x4 3840x2160 MFAA OFF MSAA OFF.jpg


Nvidia MSAA 2x 1080p Dragon Age Inquisition Screenshot

My PC Specs are

  • Intel i7-4790K
  • Gigabyte GTX 970 G1 Edition (with a +150 core overclock)
  • 16GB DDR3 RAM
  • All SSD
  • Windows 8.1 Pro

If I run Dragon Age Inquisition at normal 1080p without DSR or MFAA I get playable frame rates most of the time (battles with tons of fire and effects slow down no matter what). I get around 55 FPS which is pretty good, all things considered.

  • Dragon Age Inquisition Graphics Settings Everything is set to ULTRA. Vsync disabled. MSAA 2x, MFAA DISABLED.
  • [Full Image Here]

1080p DSR OFF MFAA OFF MSAA 2x.jpg

Nvidia MSAA 4x 1080p Dragon Age Inquisition Screenshot

My PC Specs are

  • Intel i7-4790K
  • Gigabyte GTX 970 G1 Edition (with a +150 core overclock)
  • 16GB DDR3 RAM
  • All SSD
  • Windows 8.1 Pro

If I enable MSAA 4x I get around 44 FPS which is about 10 FPS less than MSAA 2x. Honestly I don't think MSAA 4x is worth it. I'd stick with MSAA 2x and enable MFAA if you want to have a slight improvement in image quality, especially if you are using a GTX 960, which isn't quite as powerful as the GTX 970.

  • Dragon Age Inquisition Graphics Settings Everything is set to ULTRA. Vsync disabled. MSAA 4x, MFAA DISABLED.
  • [Full Image Here]

1080p DSR OFF MFAA OFF MSAA 4x.jpg

Nvidia MFAA + MSAA 2x 1080p Dragon Age Inquisition Screenshot

My PC Specs are

  • Intel i7-4790K
  • Gigabyte GTX 970 G1 Edition (with a +150 core overclock)
  • 16GB DDR3 RAM
  • All SSD
  • Windows 8.1 Pro

If I run Dragon Age Inquisition at 1080p with MFAA enabled, and MSAA x2 I get pretty decent frame rates and good overall image quality. I get around 53 FPS with MFAA and MSAA, this is slightly less than just using MSAA without MFAA. You can view [Dragon Age Inquisition MSAA 2x here]

  • Dragon Age Inquisition Graphics Settings Everything is set to ULTRA. Vsync disabled. MSAA 2x, MFAA ENABLED.
  • [Full Image Here]

1080p DSR OFF MFAA ON MSAA x2.jpg

Nvidia MFAA + MSAA 4x 1080p Dragon Age Inquisition Screenshot

My PC Specs are

  • Intel i7-4790K
  • Gigabyte GTX 970 G1 Edition (with a +150 core overclock)
  • 16GB DDR3 RAM
  • All SSD
  • Windows 8.1 Pro

If I run Dragon Age Inquisition at 1080p with MFAA enabled, and MSAA x4 I get somewhat playable frame rates and good overall image quality. I get around 42 FPS with MFAA and MSAA, this is slightly less than just using MSAA without MFAA.

  • Dragon Age Inquisition Graphics Settings Everything is set to ULTRA. Vsync disabled. MSAA 4x, MFAA ENABLED.
  • [Full Image Here]

1080p DSR OFF MFAA ON MSAA x4.jpg

Dragon Age Inquisition Direct X Errors

GetDeviceRemovedReason failed

While playing Dragon Age Inquisition with my GTX 970 I noticed this error which actually crashed my game. The function that failed is: "GetDeviceRemovedReason". The failed function message was "DXGI_ERROR_DEVICE_RESET" which seems to be an application issue. The error message suggests that the application should destroy and create the device. The image below is the exact error. I was using the latest geforce driver 347.52 on Windows 8.1

Dragon Age Inquisition DirectX Error GTX 970 Driver 34752 DXGI ERROR DEVICE RESET.jpg

To resolve this error for Dragon Age Inquisition build 866148, you simply need to remove the user preferences files and relaunch the game which forces the game to reset the graphics options, which almost always stops the error and crashes. To do this navigate to:

C:\Users\$YOUR_USER\Documents\BioWare\Dragon Age Inquisition\Save

CREATE A COPY OF THE SAVE DIRECTORY, place the copy in:

C:\Users\$YOUR_USER\Documents\BioWare\Dragon Age Inquisition\Save(copy)

There should be two files in "Save" relating to profiles, one called ProfileOptions, the other called ProfileOptions_profile. Delete both of these files, but leave the other files in place.

C:\Users\$YOUR_USER\Documents\BioWare\Dragon Age Inquisition\Save
...
ProfileOptions
ProfileOptions_profile

With the two profiles files removed, start up Dragon Age Inquisition again. You will have to re-adjust the Graphics options again as they will be set to default, but you should now be able to play without getting Direct X errors, at least until the game gets patched again that is ;)

Windows 10 Tech Preview GTX 970 Performance

I started messing around with the latest Windows 10 build to see if there were any large performance gains between the latest build and Windows 8.1. You can find GTX 970 3DMARK performance results here

Nvidia DSR + DyingLight Screenshots

You can view the full resolution screenshots by checking out my DyingLight ScreenShot Comparison page.

Gigabyte GTX 970 Overclocking Guide

I have the [Gigabyte GTX 970 G1 Edition]. This page is specifically for this model, so if you have a different card and these settings don't work for you then I am sorry.

  • The Gigabyte GTX 970 G1 edition comes with an overclock already. The base core is 1178 MHz and the core boost is 1329 MHz.

GTX 970 Core Clock Stable OC

  • Using MSI afterburner I am able to get an easy +100 Core Clock overclock. This does not require any voltage tweaks or anything like that. In fact you don't even need to worry about cranking up the fan speed at all. After hours of gaming my Gigabyte GTX 970 G1 edition doesn't get above 65c. This results in boost speeds of close to 1520 MHZ


GTX 970 Core Clock Unstable OC

  • If I try to push the Core Clock past +150 I start to run into stability issues in most games. This is hit or miss, but generally I will get lock ups and crashes if I try to push the core too much higher. You might be able to get around this issue if you have a better card, or if you modify the voltage, but for me an OC of +100 on top of the factory overclock is plenty.

Dragon Age Inquisition GTX 970 Overclocking and Performance Benchmarks

My PC's Specs are:

  • Intel i7-4790K (45,45,43,42)
  • 16GB DDR3 1333
  • Gigabyte GTX 970 G1 Gaming
Config Ultra, No MSAA Ultra, MSAA x2, MFAA
Default Core Clock AVG FPS 56.6 47.1
Core Clock +100 AVG FPS 59.9 49.3

GTX 970 and GTX 980 review videos and maxwell information links

Nvidia Maxwell Launch Video

Linus Tech Tips "ZOTAC GTX 970 AMP! Extreme & Omega Video Card Review"

Linus Tech Tips "ASUS Strix GeForce GTX 970 Video Review"

Linus Tech Tips "Gigabyte GeForce GTX 980 G1 Gaming Video Review"

Linus Tech Tips "NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Video Card - Performance Overview"

Tom's Hardware Maxwell:GTX 970 and GTX 980 Review

Anandtech Maxwell: GTX 970 and GTX 980 Review