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June 23, 2021

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  • AMD's FidelityFX upscaling solution is here and it kind of works. (Hot Hardware)

    The way this works is you select your target resolution - say, 3840x2160, if that's the native resolution of your display - and your desired quality level ranging from Performance to Ultra Quality - and it renders at a lower resolution and does intelligent upscaling.

    Downside is that it's not an automatic feature of the drivers; it needs to be implemented in games. Upside is that games can use the upscaling for 3D content and render menu overlays at native resolution.

    Performance gains can be better than 50% even at the highest quality settings, and it works on older cards like the Radeon 5500XT - and even older Nvidia cards like the GTX 1650, both of which are benchmarked here.

    It also works with integrated graphics, providing a health performance boost with minimal impact to image quality.

Anime of the day is Full Moon wo Sagashite which ran for 52 episodes from 2002 to 2003. It's the cheerful story of a girl who wants to grow up to be a pop star but has throat cancer and is facing an operation that will likely destroy her vocal cords - if she's lucky - and the two shinigami - basically apprentice Grim Reapers - assigned to her case.

It's certainly a different take from the swarm of of chirpy wish-fulfilment magical girl shows like Minky Momo, Fancy Lala, Creamy Mami, Magical Emi, Pastel Yumi, Cosmic Baton Girl Comet-san, or the other one which I actually watched and have now forgotten. The wish fulfilment element is still there but so is a you're totally still gonna die element.

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Disclaimer: Name of anime I've forgotten goes here. Fancy Lala.
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