Cyberpunk 2077 is set to get its first expansion pack, “Phantom Liberty,” with overhauled gameplay mechanics and NVIDIA DLSS 3.5 “Ray Reconstruction”. In our review, we noted that Ray Reconstruction reduces ghosting, blurring, and other artifacts caused by temporal accumulation while also improving performance. We didn’t have a large enough time window to test multiple cards, so we’ll have to rely on the following benchmarks from Tom’s Hardware.
Right off the bat, it’s clear that unless you have an NVIDIA RTX GPU, Overdrive mode is not for you. All GPUs were tested with their respective upscalers set to the quality preset. GeForce RTX 40 series cards were also tested with Ray Reconstruction and Frame Generation, while older RTX parts were tested only with the former.
AMD’s fastest graphics card, the Radeon RX 7900 XTX (FSR 2 “Quality” on), can barely push 40 FPS at 1080p with “Overdrive” mode enabled (path-tracing). And this is with FSR 2.2 “Quality” enabled. The only Ada Lovelace GPU that manages to beat the $299 RTX 4060, and that too barely (by 3 FPS). The RTX 4070 is nearly 60% faster than the RX 7900 XTX, while the 4080 is 240% faster with Ray Reconstruction enabled.
On top of this, these numbers are without Frame Generation. With just Ray Reconstruction enabled, the GeForce RTX 4090 is 280% faster than the Radeon RX 7900 XTX. With FG enabled, it’s in a league of its own with a massive 456% lead over the 7900 XTX (196 FPS vs. 43 FPS).
Things don’t get any better for the Red Team at 1440p. The GeForce RTX 4090 is over 300% faster than the RX 7900 XTX (FSR 2 “Quality” on) with DLSS 2 and a whopping 500% faster with both FG and RR enabled. The RTX 4060 is 2.5 FPS slower with Ray Reconstruction enabled, while the RTX 4070 is 62% faster than the RX 7900 XTX at 1440p Overdrive mode.
At 4K, testing even the fastest Radeon cards is futile. Here, the GeForce RTX 4080 averages 31 FPS with base DLSS 2 and 57.7 FPS with Ray Reconstruction and Frame Generation enabled. The RTX 4070 manages an average of 35 FPS with both technologies enabled. As for the mighty RTX 4090, we’re looking at an average of 46.4 FPS with base DLSS 2 and 75 FPS with DLSS 3.5 set to “Quality” mode. We’ll have a closer look at the frame pacing and frametime graphs of the RTX 4090 in this game ready in a bit.