Study shows higher FPS has dramatic impact on K/D in Fortnite, PUBG and Apex Legends - Dexerto
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Study shows higher FPS has dramatic impact on K/D in Fortnite, PUBG and Apex Legends

Published: 10/Mar/2019 12:49 Updated: 10/Mar/2019 13:05

by Calum Patterson


Graphics card makers NVIDIA have provided statistics which appear to prove that having higher FPS in games like Fortnite and PUBG can have a dramatic impact on your kill to death ratio, when paired with a high refresh rate monitor.

Does having higher frames per second (FPS) and refresh rate really make a major improvement on your performance in shooter games?


Well, of course that’s what NVIDIA, the biggest graphics card manufacturers, would want you to believe, but now, they have provided the evidence to support this claim.

NVIDIA’s top of the range card, the RTX 2080 Ti, will set you back well over $1,000, but its performance truly is unrivalled by just about any other card on the market.


But is all that money worth in terms of gameplay performance? According to NVIDIA’s own research, players using an RTX 20 series card (2070, 2080 and 2080 Ti), and enjoying the FPS boost it grants, have, on average, a 53% higher K/D ratio in Fortnite and PUBG, than players using the low end GTX 600 series card.

Trusted ReviewsThe improvement in K/D appears to correlate directly with the superior graphics card.

Simply owning a better graphics card won’t instantly make you better at a game though, and NVIDIA recognizes this.

So, as a further test, NVIDIA have added the amount of time spent practicing into the equation, with the number of hours per week paired with the graphics card being used, and the results still show big advantages with the superior hardware.


Trusted ReviewsEven with practice time in the equation, the better graphics card will still have an advantage.

Finally, the effect of pairing a superior graphics card with a higher refresh rate monitor was also tested. Having a card capable of 144 FPS isn’t worth much if you are running it on a 60Hz monitor.

Running a 240Hz monitor might be overkill for many, especially given the much higher price they demand, but pairing a powerful graphics card with a 144Hz monitor is probably the best price-to-performance deal.

Trusted ReviewsHaving a superior monitor refresh rate is also important.

For aspiring competitive battle royale players, it will be in your interest to at least maintain 144 FPS, which, depending on quality settings, should be possible with most mid to high range GPU’s.


Although there are improvements with the RTX 20 series cards, the GTX 1070 or 1080 should also be capable of reaching 144 FPS, although the quality settings may need turned down more.

Investing in a 144Hz refresh rate monitor is also a must, otherwise that money spent on a superior GPU will essentially be going to waste.


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Apex Legends Evo shields are being nerfed again in Season 7

Published: 8/Oct/2020 1:12 Updated: 8/Oct/2020 1:28

by Alan Bernal


The Evo Shields in Apex Legends are set for another balance update that could come in Season 7, as Respawn are still fine-tuning how the armor upgrades to its max level.

Respawn brought the Evo Shields in the System Override patch in March, then made them a staple in the battle royale later on. Ever since then, the studio has been trying to find the right balance with the armor and its scaling defense as the game continues.


As for the studio, the hunt for that equilibrium to the item will continue as Respawn Game Designer Daniel Z. Klein indicated that players could have an increased damage threshold to hit before getting a fully evolved shield.

This change is still in the implementation phases, however, since Respawn need to tinker with the game’s networking to actually bring in the patch.

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The Evo Armor values for max level will change, most likely in Season 7.

“We have a change planned for red Evo Shields for patch 7.0, but it required a little networking work (don’t ask; game dev is dumb) so we couldn’t ship it in 6.1,” Klein responded to a player who noticed there weren’t any changes to the shields in the Aftermarket update. “The plan is to increase the damage required to go to Red.”

At the time of writing, the Evo Shields need 500 damage inflicted to reach max level. That requirement is going to change, although the developer gave no indication for how much.

Complaints about the gear stem from how many people seem to have a fully upgraded Evo early in games.


Though this could be attributed to the typical gunfight fiestas that happen at any major POI after dropping into the Arena, the problem is going to get a closer look within the studio.

There’s no word if there will also be a change to the armor max Evo Shields provide, but it’s not likely since Respawn tuned that not too long ago when Season 6 started.

In any case, the company is hoping the next round of changes will leave Apex Legends in a healthier state as it concerns the popular Evo Shields in the game.