The PC gaming landscape is once again on the verge of major changes with the introduction of new hardware. As the next generation rolls in, many of us dream of upgrades. Featuring some of the latest Nvidia cards officially launching this November (opens in new tab)we drool over the potential boost that can come with new GPUs.
Depending on what you play and how you play, you might be interested in different advancements. For the die-hard shooters, Nvidia is making some pretty big promises when it comes to frame-rate improvements for some of the most popular games. For those chasing incredibly high FPS numbers, a new monitor may be required to keep up with these cards.
Nvidia makes some pretty big claims for its RTX 40 series, stating that competitive gamers will actually benefit from something like a 27-inch 1440p 360Hz monitor like the Alienware 34 QD-OLED (opens in new tab) Monitor, which is one of our favorites in the category (opens in new tab). The company says the new cards will deliver framerates of 360+ with latency as low as 10ms in optimized games, giving gamers a slight advantage.
A graphic from Nvidia’s RTX 40 announcement page (opens in new tab) shows some of these improvements to popular esports titles. The examples given are for the upcoming RTX 4090 paired with an Intel i9 running Apex Legends, Fortnite, Overwatch, Rainbow Six Siege and Valorant at 1440P. Luckily, most hit over 400 FPS with less than 10ms latency in the company’s tests.
The demanding Apex Legends doesn’t fare quite as well as the other games. In graphics, it’s been capped at 300 FPS, which feels like it’s falling short of Nvidia’s 360 FPS claims. Still, this is a pretty big improvement over what I’ve ever achieved in Apex. That power boost probably wouldn’t help a last-place champion like me, but for those interested in esports, every advantage is vital.
Fortnite scores best, but that’s to be expected from a game optimized to work almost anywhere. If it can run on a Switch or even a phone, it’s not too surprising. The graphic shows Fortnite zooming in at an uncapped 601 FPS at 8.4ms latency. The speed at which children dressed up as bears piloting another bear turn into houses when you shoot them will be breathtaking.
Rainbow Six Siege comes in at a very healthy second place in the latency department with an uncapped framerate of 493 and just 7.9ms. Valorant is next at 433 FPS at 8.2ms, which might help you clamber through the nerves (opens in new tab). Overwatch, like Apex Legends, had a framerate cap, but this time to 400 FPS and hit 8.6ms latency. It will be particularly interesting to see how the upcoming Overwatch 2 (opens in new tab)which recently lost its lead hero designer (opens in new tab)works with these cards.