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Nvidia's research reveals how frame rates impact K/D ratio

Published: 19:03, 07 March 2019
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Nvidia latest research reveals data collected from popular battle royale games such as Fortnite, PUBG, Apex Legends and Blackout. The data shows that players with better graphics cards and higher frame rates have a higher K/D ratio.

Competitive gaming has been on the rise in the last couple of years, and with the introduction of high refresh rate monitors, the stories about the impact of low latency and high frame rates in multiplayer games started to pick up the pace.

Does 144hz monitor followed by 144 FPS give an advantage to players over those who play on stable 60 FPS? What does low latency mean for competitive matches? Well, if you've ever had a chance to play on 144 Hz monitor and then go back to the 60Hz monitor, you'll know that the difference can be more than noticeable.

To offer a better look into the influence of high refresh rate and FPS on K/D ratio in multiplayer shooters, Nvidia shared detailed research which includes data from the most popular battle royale games - Fortnite, Apex Legends, Black Ops 4 Blackout and PUBG.

According to the research, players with RTX 2000 series cards have 53 per cent higher K/D ratio when compared to those who use the older GTX 600 series graphics cards.

Nvidia's charts also show that having a better graphics card can help at all levels of play time, whether you only play a few hours a week, or spend 40 hours a week dropping into battle royale arenas.

Furthermore, the data showed that gamers who take full advantage of their graphics card by using a 144 Hz monitor or above have significantly higher K/D ratios. For example, RTX GPU owners who play on 240 Hz monitors have almost 90 per cent higher K/D ratio when compared to those who play on GTX 1060 and a 60 Hz monitor.

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Nvidia finished with some advertising for their GPUs by sharing the sweet spot products for every resolution and FPS target. While many will say that this is just a great marketing campaign for the new RTX series, and that could indeed be the case, the impact of higher frame rates on players' performance in multiplayer games is certainly present.

Based on our own experience, we can say that those close deaths on 60Hz monitors can suddenly become close kills once you switch to 144Hz monitors.

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