AMD brings the Radeon RX Vega 56, RX Vega 64, Vega Frontier Edition and Radeon VII in from the cold
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Good news Radeon RX Vega 56, RX Vega 64, Vega Frontier Edition and Radeon VII owners, you can now use Radeon Image Sharpening (RIS) on your GPU. Last month it seemed that AMD had no immediate plans to bring its contrast-adaptive sharpening (CAS) algorithm to the four cards. PCGamesN claimed that the company was gauging the uptake and demand of RIS before it would "consider adding support for additional Radeon RX graphics cards", having already brought the algorithm to the Radeon RX 470, RX 480, RX 570, RX 580 and RX 590.
AMD has since acted quickly, bringing RIS to the RX Vega 56, RX Vega 64, Vega Frontier Edition and Radeon VII with Radeon Software Adrenalin 2019 Edition 19.9.3, the release notes and download links for which you can find in the corresponding hyperlink.
As with other Radeon RX cards, the Vega GPUs will only be able to use RIS with DirectX 12 and Vulkan applications. By contrast, the Radeon RX 5000 series can use RIS with DirectX 9 too. AMD also only supports RIS on Windows 10.
AMD claims that the RIS offers "improved image quality with virtually no performance hit", an overview of which we have included below. Let us know in the comments whether you have tried RIS on the RX Vega 56, RX Vega 64, Vega Frontier Edition or Radeon VII yet and your experiences of it. It certainly seems that many people wanted RIS on their Vega GPUs, at least.
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