Do you want to know why you’ve never gotten that chicken dinner or PUBG or champion banner in Apex Legends? No, it isn’t because you suck. It’s because your graphics card sucks!
Nvidia recently released some findings from a study that definitively proved that better graphics cards correlate to better kill-death ratios in battle royale games, and that’s all thanks to the improved frame rates that come with better graphics cards.
On average, they discovered that players with an RTX 2000 series graphics card had a 53 percent better K/D than players with a GTX 600 series card. They came to this conclusion by comparing the K/D ratio for median players for each GPU generation across Fortnite and PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds. These results stayed relatively consistent across amount of hours played per GPU.
“This data aligned with what we observed in our lab research—the higher the skill level, the more that players are attuned to the game and can benefit from differences in hardware,” Nvidia stated.
But a better graphics card isn’t the only thing you’ll need to buy if you want to play better. You’ll also need a monitor with a higher refresh rate so you can take advantage of all the sweet extra frames you’ll be getting with your shiny new graphics card—maybe like, I don’t know, a Nvidia G-SYNC monitor?
According to the study, the “data showed that gamers that take full advantage of their graphics card by using a high refresh monitor (144 Hz or above) have significantly higher K/D ratios. And as we’ve seen before, that performance increases significantly as you work your way up to the GeForce RTX-20 Series GPUs.” Of course it does.
Obviously, this is some hardcore marketing, but it doesn’t take away from the truth that having a card that a better frame rate makes staying on target easier and reduces input lag. The numbers don’t lie.
Hardware has always been an issue with competitive PC gaming, but this Nvidia study also inadvertently shows that even consoles—which have long been the bastion of level competitive playing fields in online multiplayer games—may suffer from the same discrepancies, thanks to upgraded mid-generation consoles. It’s probably why Xbox boss Phil Spencer wants to focus on frame rate with the next-gen machines, but as console generations start to more closely resemble PC upgrades, it’s not hard to imagine a future where buying a better console basically amounts to buying a better K/D ratio.