How Was The Data Gathered?
NVIDIA's research team worked with professional gamers and Esports Studio, where they saw the benefits of high FPS and refresh rates "play out in directed aiming and perception tests". The teams created blind A/B tests, with pros in NVIDIA's own labs able to "consistently discern and see benefits from even a handful of milliseconds of reduced latency".
The company directly responds to its own question of "what does higher frame rates and lower latency mean for your competitiveness in Battle Royale?" with a few points:
- 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.
NVIDIA used "anonymized GeForce Experience Highlights data" on the KDR events for both Fortnite tand PUBG, where they "found some interesting insights on player performance and wanted to share this information with the community".
The KDR performance in Fortnite and PUBG was measured by the "median player for each GPU generation" and by using the GTX 600 series as the basline, the KDR skyrockets up up by 53% on the new GeForce RTX series cards. The GTX 700 series rises 9%, GTX 900 series by 29%, and the GTX 10 series by 37%.
A huge 53% change in the KDR of those games is incredible, but it makes sense. Higher fidelity graphics, far lower latency, and better-than-ever frames per second. All of this leads to a super silky gaming experience, which ultimately leads to being a better player at this level of the game, especially pro esports gamers and streamers.
The testing continues, with NVIDIA finally saying what I've been saying for years: "144 is the new 60" and they're right. 144Hz is superior to 60Hz, and the KDR improves once again in this area. The full suite of benefits of a super-fast new GeForce RTX series card comes out with high refresh rate displays, especially when you're hitting 144/165/240FPS.
NVIDIA pulled out a bunch of cards including the GeForce GTX 1050/1050 Ti, GTX 1060, GTX 1070/1070 Ti, GTX 1080/1080 Ti, and the RTX 20 series cards. You can see from their charts that there is a huge increased in KDR with the RTX 20 series cards at 240Hz, but the same KDR average (give or take a percentage point) between the GTX 10 and RTX 20 series cards.
What this goes to show you is that above 144Hz is what you want for the best possible visual experience, which does heighten your senses in these games. The RTX 20 series improvement to 240FPS shows how important the continued work into next-gen GPU architectures is, a game that AMD only just entered with its me-too Radeon VII graphics card.