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With a new NVIDIA GPU of course. When it comes to sport, there’s always an angle around the quality of the equipment and how that plays a role in improving performance and delivering results. Like say how this one fancy tennis racquet will let you unlock your high-speed serving potential. Of course, skill plays a major role – the biggest. Using that tennis example as a point of reference, a fancy racquet won’t mean much if you’ve never played the sport. But, for those that play - the tools or equipment matter.

With esports and the rise and popularity of competitive Battle Royale games (Apex Legends, Fortnite, PUGB, Call of Duty: Blackout) the equipment or tool is your PC hardware. Specifically, the GPU. In a new detailed study by NVIDIA, the graphics giant aims to showcase how hardware tied to frame-rate can improve your game. And sure, even though this doubles as nice little plug and marketing push for NVIDIA’s new RTX line of GPUs (other brands are naturally omitted), the results are still fascinating.

Especially when you get things like the following graph. Which explicitly shows how a better graphics card (from NVIDIA, naturally) can improve your K/D or Kill/Death ratio.

At first glance it seems funny and perhaps marketing genius at its purest. But with over 1 million points of data collected, NVIDIA’s goal with the study was to provide the statistical data to back-up the idea that a higher frame-rate leads to players performing better. Which is something we all know to an extent – having a game stutter or run with sub-par performance can affect your game. Same goes for network latency, and other technical issues.

But with the rise in popularity of 144Hz and even 240Hz monitors, professional esports stars pretty much stick with 144Hz as a minimum for a reason – which means that for competitive titles and Battle Royale games, 60fps is no longer the ideal figure.
In modern games, Game Engine, Direct X Render and GPU all have the same latency. The faster your GPU, the less time these three processes take and the faster you will see updated images on your monitor to react to. Hence, your GPU is the most important element to lower latency.

And so, the results factoring in these frame-rates, alongside the GPU models, tell a clear story – when visual settings aren’t lowered.

The following graph then displays the data on a timeline of how many hours per week people play across the GeForce GTX 10-series of cards – showcasing the improved K/D ratio in relation to GPU. This is probably the most interesting of the images, as it reinforced NVIDIA’s own work with esports professionals, drawing the following conclusion regarding frame rate.
  • Higher FPS means that you see the next frame more quickly and can respond to it.
  • Higher FPS on a high Hz monitor makes the image appear smoother, and moving targets easier to aim at. You are less likely to see microstutters or “skip pixels” from one frame to the next as you pan your crosshair across the screen.
  • Higher FPS combined with GSYNC technologies like Ultra Low Motion Blur (ULMB) makes objects and text sharper and easier to comprehend in fast moving scenes.

  • “We always want to provide our users with the best experience,” Gerardo Delgado Product Manager, Esports and Streaming at NVIDIA tells us. “With the rise of competitive gaming, that not only means that they can play the newest games with the best graphics and high FPS, but also that user is competitive in them, as that is a key part of the experience. That’s why we wanted to take what we learned from our work in Esports to help any gamer playing Battle Royale games.”

    And with three out of the five most played games on NVIDIA GPUs being the following Battle Royale titles, it makes sense to apply esports thinking to the genre. And so, the following is handy information if you’re serious about your chicken dinners. And it makes the new RTX 2060 seem like the GPU sweet spot when it comes to the best value for money for serious Battle Royale gaming. That, and further proof PUBG still needs a few more performance patches.

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