Ghostwire: Tokyo PC Efficiency Evaluation that includes DLSS & IQ

After spending 18 hours over two periods finishing the Ghostwire: Tokyo major story, and being…

After spending 18 hours over two periods finishing the Ghostwire: Tokyo major story, and being unable to tear ourselves away from the display screen till it was accomplished, we are going to advocate it as an ideal recreation with a number of flaws.  It’s an epic common story about household, remorse, loss, and letting go advised from a Japanese viewpoint that’s completely price taking part in.  Its story, intense immersion, and authenic cultural illustration might solely have come from a Japanese studio.  Nevertheless, this evaluation will deal with DLSS scaling efficiency as a result of it can’t be performed at 4K utilizing maxed-out ray traced settings with glorious picture high quality (IQ) on any video card with out it.

Though the sport consists of typical open world fetch quests, a participant isn’t handled like a vacationer.  The quests tackle cultural significance, delving into mythology and faith which are part of Japanese society and superstitions. Tokyo comes alive at night time though the participant is the one dwelling human. Ghostwire: Tokyo even options Japanese audio as default by utilizing English subtitles which add to the immersion a lot as watching an ideal Japanese movie is greatest skilled.  We didn’t hassle with the English dub because the Japanese voice performing and emotion is top-notch.

The Ghostwire: Tokyo premise is that town is beneath the management of a harmful occultist allied with “guests” who’ve induced the whole inhabitants of the Shibuya district to fade.  Enjoying as Akito, the participant remains to be alive solely as a result of he has allied with a spirit detective (KK) inside him that gives supernatural skills in opposition to harmful ghostly and spirit foes.  Akito makes use of a mixture of upgradeable elemental powers and may even grapple onto Tengu demons to glide by means of the sky. The gameplay is not like a standard FPS, since when an enemy loses most of their well being, their core is uncovered and the participant makes use of takedown strikes to completely destroy them.

The bosses are large, quick, and lethal

Gameplay & Mechanics

Though it’s open world, Ghostwire: Tokyo makes use of a mist and fog mechanic to maintain the participant from venturing into locked areas of the map.  Akito unlocks sections by finishing aspect targets and should purify shrines utilizing Kuji-kiri impressed hand gestures to forged spells to disperse the fog opening up extra areas of the map, whereas getting access to new aspect quests and targets.  Numerous elemental powers together with wind, fireplace, and water blades magic and upgrades are unlocked utilizing XP, foreign money, and different assets.  Akito might also save the souls of the vanished residents earlier than they’re completely misplaced.

The aspect quests within the recreation usually have some gentle narrative or humor connected to them that uncover the unfinished enterprise of assorted spirits which are unable to maneuver on to the afterlife. One in all Akito’s aspect quests is to search out rest room paper for one spirit locked in a toilet stall that refuses to maneuver on in any other case.

Ghostwire: Tokyo provides a number of issue settings, from a narrative mode to very difficult.  There are diverse environments that vary from the streets of Tokyo at night time, to the broad outside, and to exploring underground. There isn’t any built-in benchmark however the recreation displays comparable efficiency from one space to a different, and there are particular person settings obtainable from the menu to wonderful tune efficiency.

An anytime save dietary supplements autosave and is especially useful to proceed as there are various robust enemies and troublesome boss fights to outlive.  The NPC enemies usually current good selection though a few of them are fairly repetitious with solely minor variability.

It rains usually so there are at all times puddles with reflections which are accuratly rendered when the drops splash

Though it’s a PlayStation PS5 console port, Ghostwire: Tokyo has extremely detailed characters with superior visuals that place it on the apex of the easiest cinematic experiences.  Ray traced reflections are featured and eveything displays precisely within the puddles on the streets including to a participant’s immersion.  Nevertheless, a participant can’t see their very own reflections, so it’s not the identical as Management, though different NPCs forged reflections which are precisely traced as they transfer.

The NPC’s reflections are ray traced, and additionally, you will get to pet many canine

To progress, a gamer must be good at preventing, and there are a whole lot of aspect quests and souls to save lots of, in addition to XP to earn for character improvement. Nice voice performing and music improve a participant’s expertise.  Nevertheless, this evaluation won’t deal with reviewing the sport; relatively it can focus narrowly on DLSS as a way to extend framerates with out compromising picture high quality as the sport is impossibly demanding utilizing maxed-out settings.

Ghostwire: Tokyo is principally a DX12 PS5 Professional model with unlocked framerates for the PC, and it seems higher than a lot of the subsequent era console video games.  The PC model contains ray traced reflections, shadowing, nice lightning and intense colours, enhanced display screen area reflections, and ambient occlusion.  The PC model additionally provides larger framerates and maybe larger textures than the console model.

BTR’s benchmark begins right here

BTR’s benchmark isn’t solely consultant of the sport and usually extra demanding than the boss battles, however the runs differ from one another by lower than one p.c. The boss battles don’t appear to rely upon ray traced reflections which in any other case can severely influence framerates

DLSS, Picture High quality, and Efficiency

BabelTechReviews pre-purchased a duplicate of Ghostwire: Tokyo from Inexperienced Man Gaming at a 20% low cost earlier than it launched on Friday final week with no expectations.  It obtained blended opinions however with very excessive reward for its depiction of Tokyo.  We began it with a really unhealthy toothache that didn’t enable us to focus on anything but we have been utterly blown away by this recreation and will barely tear ourself away from it.  The sport was so pleasant and immersive, the ache receded into the background as we completed the primary storyline in two marathon periods.

Ghostwire: Tokyo options NVIDIA’s DLSS in addition to AMD’s FSR, however there may be actually no comparability – the DLSS photographs are a lot better with DLSS High quality being at the very least nearly as good because the native 4K visuals and barely sharper.  Though DLSS displays extra ghosting on raindrops than native 4K, the general impact is excellent and makes them look much more actual.

Greater than three years in the past, NVIDIA launched realtime RTX ray tracing along with Deep Studying Supersampling (DLSS).  To play at excessive settings requires the usage of AI tremendous decision or DLSS which gives higher than a recreation’s postprocessing AA along with improved efficiency. Ghostwire: Tokyo makes use of ray tracing and DLSS to enhance efficiency, and we are going to evaluate the present efficiency and IQ of 11 NVIDIA RTX playing cards utilizing the newest 512.15 driver.

Efficiency Choices

Though Ghostwire: Tokyo is a well-done PlayStation port, it has extra restricted choices than most video games developed primarily for the PC.  The sport is proscribed to 30 FPS on the PS5 utilizing the best settings and ray tracing. Enjoying on PC provides barely larger graphics constancy along with a possible for larger and thus extra fluid framerates.  We benchmarked utilizing most settings together with Movement Blur (Cinematic), however we performed with it on Excessive and we additionally used SSAO for International Illumination as an alternative of the way more demanding SSGI.

We performed and benchmarked utilizing two totally different shows – a 48″ LG C1 120Hz 3840×2160 show and a 32″ 60Hz BenQ 4K show.  Our PC is a 12900KF Intel CPU at inventory settings on an ASUS ROG Maximus Apex motherboard with T-FORCE DELTA 16GB x 2 DDR5 6400 CL40, and a 2TB 5,000 MB/s T-Pressure C440 NVMe SSD for C:Drive plus a 1TB T-Pressure A440 7,000MB/s NVMe SSD as storage for loading the sport.  Tokyo: Ghostwire masses in a short time from a quick SSD.  We performed for 18 hours utilizing a RTX 3080 Ti Founders Version after which benchmarked and performed for a lot of extra hours benching with ten extra RTX playing cards.

We’re going to evaluate picture high quality utilizing three ranges of DLSS versus utilizing no DLSS, and we chart the efficiency of 11 present NVIDIA GeForce RTX playing cards:

  • RTX 3080 Ti
  • RTX 3080
  • RTX 3070 Ti
  • RTX 2080 Ti
  • RTX 3070
  • RTX 3060 Ti
  • RTX 2080 SUPER
  • RTX 2070 SUPER
  • RTX 3060
  • RTX 2060 SUPER
  • RTX 2060


NVIDIA’s DLSS creates sharper and better decision photographs with devoted AI processors on GeForce RTX GPUs known as Tensor Cores.  The unique DLSS 1.0 required extra work on the a part of the sport builders and resulted in picture high quality roughly equal to TAA.  DLSS 2.0 and later variations use an improved deep studying neural community that enhances body charges whereas producing crisper recreation photographs with the efficiency headroom to maximise settings and enhance output resolutions.  Because it makes use of DeepLearning, it continues to evolve and enhance.

NVIDIA claims that DLSS provides IQ akin to native decision whereas rendering just one quarter to 1 half of the pixels by using new temporal suggestions strategies.  DLSS 1.0 required coaching the AI community for every new recreation whereas DLSS 2.0 trains utilizing non-game-specific content material that works throughout many video games.

DLSS usually provides RTX avid gamers 4 IQ modes: High quality, Balanced, Efficiency and Extremely Efficiency,  These settings management a recreation’s inner rendering decision with Efficiency DLSS enabling as much as 4X tremendous decision.  In our opinion – for Ghostwire: Tokyo particularly – the High quality DLSS IQ seems considerably higher than 4K, and even Efficiency DLSS may be very properly applied.  We would favor to drop DLSS from High quality to Efficiency relatively than modify different settings or drop the decision, and Balanced DLSS is a wonderful in-between selection.

Ghostwire: Tokyo’s personal anti-aliasing doesn’t deal with temporal anti-aliasing like DLSS does.  We are going to subsequent deal with picture high quality and DLSS on versus off, adopted by benchmarking and charting DLSS efficiency utilizing eleven RTX playing cards.

DLSS On versus Off

Native 4K with out DLSS is 3840×2160 for each the Render and the Output Decision and it’s particularly demanding on a video card utilizing most settings.

Utilizing the magic of AI and RTX Tensor cores, High quality DLSS upscales a 2560×1440 render decision to 4K with no lack of picture high quality as we will see within the following part.

No DLSS vs. High quality DLSS

Listed here are largely uncompressed JPEG 4K photographs photographs evaluating No DLSS/Native (left) with High quality DLSS (proper) utilizing a slider.

We don’t advocate taking part in with out DLSS. The DLSS picture high quality is equal or higher/sharper than native though there are some very slight variations that may be seen with some minor DLSS specular aliasing points seen on some surfaces.

No DLSS vs. Balanced DLSS

Balanced DLSS makes use of a Render Decision of 2228×1254 to upscale to 4K and the AI should fill in additional pixels than with High quality DLSS.

Right here is 4K (native) with no DLSS on the left in contrast with an analogous picture on the appropriate utilizing Balanced DLSS.

Once more the photographs are comparable though Balanced DLSS loses a tiny bit extra element than High quality DLSS.

No DLSS vs. Efficiency DLSS

Efficiency DLSS requires {that a} Render Decision of 1920×1080 be upscaled to 3840×2160 which suggests the AI should use simply one-quarter of the unique pixels for its 4K reconstruction.  It will lead to an extra slight lack of element.

Right here is the comparability of 4K (left) with Efficiency DLSS (proper)

There’s a small lack of element in some areas however the Efficiency DLSS upscaled picture high quality remains to be glorious and we doubt that anybody would discover the variations whereas really taking part in the sport, and they’re even troublesome to see within the above screenshot slider comparability.

Subsequent, we try the efficiency of 11 RTX playing cards utilizing 3840×2160, 2560×1440, and 1920×1080 resolutions utilizing as much as three ranges of DLSS with the objective of averaging near 60 FPS whereas nonetheless utilizing utterly maxed-out settings.


Ghostwire: Tokyo is a visually stunning however extraordinarily demanding recreation utilizing most settings, and its unattainable to play at native 4K with maxed out settings on any present era video card with out slowdowns.  High quality DLSS is our objective because it’s visuals are equal to not utilizing DLSS.  Balanced DLSS might requires a slight visible sacrifice, and Efficiency DLSS remains to be acceptable whereas gaming as a result of most gamers are usually not exploring the gameworld with a magnifying glass in search of visible flaws.

Though there are very troublesome boss battles with a number of enemies on display screen directly, so long as a participant can keep common framerates above 55 FPS, the expertise is sufficiently fluid so long as the minimums (1% lows) keep round 50 FPS.  If a GSYNC or a GSYNC appropriate show is used, it’s usually not an issue for the lows to dip sometimes into the upper-40s FPS.  Beneath that, fluidity could also be compromised, and it’s higher to decrease the graphics settings or use a decrease high quality DLSS setting.  Extremely Efficiency DLSS isn’t advisable except framerates can’t be elevated by every other methodology – it’s higher to decrease settings first because it was primarily developed for 8K gaming.

Utilizing Ghostwire: Tokyo‘s highest settings, we evaluate efficiency with out DLSS versus High quality, Balanced, and Efficiency DLSS utilizing eleven present RTX playing cards at 1920×1080, 2560×1440, and 3840×2160.

For Higher Efficiency Take into account SSAO As an alternative of SSGI

SSGI has the best visible constancy for ray tracing.  Nevertheless, it takes a strong hit over utilizing SSAO and will not even be noticeable when traversing Tokyo.  It’s as much as the participant to determine if they need maxed out settings in any respect prices or will accept one thing barely “much less excellent” visually.

Listed here are two screenshots evaluating SSGI with SSAO utilizing DLSS High quality at 4K:

The ray traced lighting is extra completely rendered utilizing SSGI over SSAO.  Is it sufficient to lose efficiency?  Every gamer must determine concerning the visible tradeoff for efficiency.

The entire following charts present common framerates (FPS) in Daring and 1% FPS percentile minimums subsequent to them in barely smaller italized font.

Right here is RTX 3080 Ti efficiency utilizing SSGI in contrast with efficiency utilizing SSAO.

Utilizing SSAO as an alternative of SSGI makes roughly a ten% enchancment in efficiency and it scales equally for all RTX playing cards examined.  We performed the sport utilizing SSAO and didn’t discover important sufficient visible diffencies whereas taking part in to make use of SSGI. Nevertheless, the next benchmarks use all settings totally maxed-out together with SSGI.

4K Video playing cards – RTX 3080 Ti & RTX 3080

Solely two RTX playing cards can usually play at most settings utilizing DLSS at 4K.

The RTX 3080 Ti is a no-compromise video card that gives the perfect 4K Ghostwire: Tokyo expertise.  It completely can’t deal with maxed out 4K settings with out utilizing DLSS.  Happily, DLSS scales beautifully on this recreation.

A 4K gamer might select to make use of High quality DLSS however should settle for a framerate hit with out another setting compromises.  We performed at 4K however used SSAO as an alternative of SSGI utilizing an RTX 3080 Ti FE and managed very properly utilizing Balanced DLSS and G-SYNC shows with drops to about 50 FPS that didn’t influence our gameplay fluidity even throughout probably the most demanding boss battles.

If a RTX 3080 Ti gamer chooses 1440P, DLSS High quality remains to be a should.

At maxed out 4K, the RTX 3080 averages above 60 FPS with DLSS Efficiency however drops into the upper-40s FPS for the 1% minimal lows.  1440P is the best goal decision for this card utilizing DLSS High quality.

1440P Video Playing cards – RTX 3070 Ti / RTX 3070 / RTX 3060 Ti / RTX 2080 Ti / RTX 2080 Tremendous

The next 5 video playing cards carry out properly at 1440P.

The RTX 3070 Ti can’t play at maxed-out 4K with out DLSS Efficiency.  Nevertheless, DLSS High quality permits for a top quality maxed-out 1440P expertise with glorious averages and drops into the upper-50s.

The RTX 3070 performs beneath the RTX 3070 Ti in Ghostwire: Tokyo, and though it can’t play properly at 4K/maxed, the identical suggestions for 1440P apply as above.

The RTX 3060 Ti requires Balanced DLSS to play easily at 1440P.

The final era flagship RTX 2080 Ti isn’t advisable for 4K with out dropping settings, however it could actually handle 1440P with DLSS High quality if the participant doesn’t thoughts framerate drops into the upper-40s.  The expertise is appropriate, however it could be higher to make use of DLSS Balanced or Efficiency.

The RTX 2080 Tremendous performs beneath the RTX 2080 Ti in Ghostwire: Tokyo and we advocate Efficiency or Balanced DLSS for 1440P though High quality could also be acceptable.

1080P – RTX 2070 Tremendous / RTX 3060 / RTX 2060 Tremendous / RTX 2060

The next 4 playing cards work greatest with 1080P though the quickest two can simply handle 1440P.

The RTX 2070 Tremendous performs acceptably at 1440P with Efficiency DLSS.  Nevertheless, it could even be a superb 1080P card utilizing DLSS High quality for many who want larger framerates.

The identical applies to the RTX 3060 as above.

The RTX 2060 Tremendous performs beneath the RTX 3060 and will primarily be used for 1080P.

The RTX 2060 is the entry degree RTX card and it’s best fitted to 1080P utilizing Efficiency or Balanced DLSS as High quality efficiency is considerably marginal.

DLSS makes an enormous distinction to the playability of Ghostwire: Tokyo on the highest visible high quality settings, and DLSS High quality has no IQ disadvantages by any means whereas Balanced and Efficiency DLSS make little to no sensible visible variations whereas gaming.  It’s extremely advisable!

DLSS positive aspects a big proportion of efficiency over not utilizing it, and it seems at the very least nearly as good relying on the extent.  It’s actually “free efficiency” with out compromise.  We see a RTX 3080 Ti taking part in Ghostwire: Tokyo fluidly with most settings at 4K utilizing Efficiency DLSS whereas it’s a slideshow with out it.  DLSS isn’t excellent, sometimes including some very minor artifacting and doubtlessly shedding just a little wonderful element, however total all three DLSS settings look nice with the digicam in movement.

Any algorithm that doesn’t use AI corresponding to FidelityFX Tremendous Decision on its highest setting merely can’t match the picture high quality of High quality DLSS and there may be each good motive for a GeForce RTX gamer to make use of DLSS for Ghostwire: Tokyo.


Ghostwire: Tokyo is an immersive, excellent, and actually enjoyable recreation that offers an ideal cinematic expertise whereas telling a rare story.  We’re particularly impressed by its visuals coupled with the massive free efficiency enhance that DLSS brings for RTX avid gamers.

It’s a bittersweet story of household, remorse, and saying goodbye

If you happen to’re as fascinated by Japanese tradition as a lot as this editor and want to see it authentically, precisely, and lovingly represented, Ghostwire: Tokyo is a must-play recreation.  And in case you are trying to play the sport with the perfect framerates and the very highest picture constancy, then select DLSS.  Ghostwire: Tokyo is the form of deeply immersive recreation that makes a participant overlook every thing – meals, chores, work, and even ache.  It’s extremely advisable!

Rodrigo is difficult at work on his GeForce 512.15 driver efficiency evaluation.  We even have a efficiency evaluation on deck of the primary digital actuality (VR) recreation to characteristic each DLSS and ray tracing, adopted by a super-fast 7,400MB/s SSD prepared for evaluation.  Keep tuned to BTR!

Pleased Gaming!


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