Gaming at 60 frames per second and higher has become less of a luxury and more of a measuring stick in recent years. Depending on the hardware you have, getting to that benchmark isn’t too difficult, even if some people prefer a more cinematic 30 frames per second. Does it make a difference if you’re playing competitively though? Nvidia certainly thinks so, but their recent testing is less focused on the age-old debate of 60fps vs 30fps and more on even higher numbers that most people aren’t capable of achieving…ever.
According to a study by the graphics card powerhouse, having a high-end GPU and a bleeding-edge monitor can yield a significant advantage to your overall kill/death ratio. An advantage that could give a skilled gamer a staggering 90% boost, which is simply bonkers maths:
“In conclusion, having a higher frame rate has definitive, measurable benefits: smoother animations improves target tracking, smaller ghosts and tears help reduce distracting effects, and lower System Latency helps you see targets sooner with a more responsive feel,” Nvidia explained.
Combining these benefits together, high FPS will give you an edge compared to your competition. On its own, correlation doesn’t mean causation of course. But put in the context of fps benefits such as animation smoothness, reduced ghosting and tearing, and lower system latency outlined in the article, the positive relationship shown in the chart makes a bit of sense.
There’s a lot of science to play around with here, with Nvidia claiming that a higher frame-rate which can help mitigate factors such as screen-tearing, reduce ghosting and lower system latency all contribute to improving K/D results. They’re not the first entity to even tackle the idea of higher frame-rates providing a competitive edge, as Linus Tech Tips also tackled the myth back in June.
So there you go. Definitive proof that so long as you have R26 000 for an Nvidia RTX 2080 Ti and another R24 000 for a monitor such as the Lenovo Legion Y44W-10, you should be able to see a noticeable improvement in your CS:GO games. Myth, confirmed.
Last Updated: December 5, 2019