Cyberpunk 2077 is going to become even more unbearable for your graphics card

Cyberpunk 2077 (opens in new tab) will soon get an update that will push its ray tracing to the next level with the introduction of a new Ray Tracing: Overdrive setting. This was announced as part of Nvidia’s RTX 40-series launch (opens in new tab), as Nvidia used the new mode to show off the frame rate capabilities of its new DLSS 3 (opens in new tab) tech. That’s good news for anyone that enjoys rampaging through Night City, although it’s potentially bad news for your graphics card if the native frame rates are anything to go by.

In a video showing off the improvements that DLSS 3 can make to the performance of the game, the native frame rate can be seen hovering just over 20fps. DLSS 3 does make a massive difference here, boosting this up to 98fps, but that still paints a worrying picture if the mighty RTX 4090 (opens in new tab) barely gets out of the mid-20s without the magic of AI-powered upscaling.

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On the graph showing off the performance of the new cards, Nvidia appears to suggest that the RTX 3090 Ti (opens in new tab), you know, the current fastest card around, managed a quarter of the frame rate of the RTX 4090. Yup, you’re back at that 21–23fps again. And according to the blurb at the bottom of that graph, that’s whilst using DLSS. Gulp.

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