Player Unknown’s Battlegrounds kicked off the festivities, then Fortnite took the ball and ran with it. Now, a brand new challenger has entered the fray – Apex Legends – and has rapidly 50 million active users in just a month as it was initially released. With this in mind, eSports professionals and mainstream gamers alike are searching for in whatever way possible to obtain an edge on the competition in these intense battle royale slugfests.
It used to be that 60 fps was the Holy Grail for gamers looking for stutter visuals while blasting away in their human-controlled foes on the screen. Nevertheless, as our GPUs have grown tremendously more potent through the years, that watermark according to NVIDIA – at least to the crowd that was eSports – has climbed at 144 fps, backed by gaming monitors. NVIDIA wanted to take a closer look at murder to death ratio for some of the top-rated battle royale games available on the market, and how a frame rate can impact this performance statistic. We should point out that although this investigation was conducted by NVIDIA using anonymized data from the GeForce Experience software suite, the same basic premise might be applied to any video card such as Radeon RX offerings from AMD.
NVIDIA looked at a rise in the K/D ratio based on the number of hours played per week utilizing the GeForce GTX 1050/Ti, GTX 1060, GTX 1070/Ti and GTX 1080/Ti in PUBG and Fortnite. The storyline showed that if gamers only played a couple of hours per week or for experts that play up 40 hours a week, there was a rise in the K/D ratio with hardware. The correlation, according to NVIDIA, is that end hardware, a combination of a strong GPU plus a fast monitor which could provide increased frame rate and refresh rate, tends to lead to a better result for royal combat players.
The information shows that the K/D ratio spread between high end and low-end graphics hardware increased as the number of hours a week increased. So experienced gamers benefit more from the extra performance. The figures also showed that whenever NVIDIA’s graphics hardware is linked up with a 144Hz monitor, there was a constant rise in the K/D ratio as results from a baseline GeForce GTX 1050/Ti worked their way up throughout the current generation GeForce RTX 20xx family of Turing GPUs. We should mention that these same trends should apply to AMD Radeon RX 580/590, Radeon RX Vega series and the Radeon VII.