Nvidia’s RTX 4090 can hit over 500 frames per second (fps) in Overwatch 2 at 1440p resolution, a ridiculously fluid level of gameplay – with one notable caveat that we’ll come back to later on the monitor front – Team Green himself told us .
To be more precise, Nvidia’s own benchmarking (opens in new tab) shows the shooter (which was released yesterday) running at 507 fps on average with the RTX 4090, and that was at 1440p with max graphics settings (the test rig paired the GPU with an Intel Core i9-12900K CPU, by the way).
As for the RTX 4080 16GB, which hit 368 fps, and the smaller RTX 4080 with 12GB (cough, RTX 4070, ahem) still managed 296 fps.
For high-end comparisons, the RTX 3080 hit 249 fps and the RTX 3070 weighed in at 195 fps, with the RTX 3060 hitting 122 fps, all with the same gear and settings, of course.
Nvidia recommends the RTX 3060 for those looking to get 144 fps at 1080p (Full HD instead of 1440p) and the RTX 3080 Ti for those looking to get 360 fps again at 1080p.
Review: The advantage of super-fast resolution and fps
We usually think of Nvidia flagships like the RTX 4090 as graphics cards built to handle high resolution gaming (4K or even 8K with the new Lovelace top dog), but of course competitive gamers want to go the other way. – no more details, but more frames is the priority. This provides the smoothest gaming experience possible.
Seeing 500 broken frames per second in Overwatch 2 is quite a feat, remembering that it’s not a 1080p resolution either – it’s a step up from 1440p, which offers much better image quality (and sharpness) than Full HD. And as Nvidia points out, going to 1440p can have some advantages over 1080p in terms of accurately aiming like a headshot, noting: it displays, when aiming at small targets, like an enemy’s head.”
Add your own spice, naturally, and there are new G-Sync monitors of the 27-inch 1440p variety in the pipeline and coming soon, from Asus, with a 360Hz refresh rate. So the RTX 4080 16GB will be able to drive and fully exploit this refresh rate, as the benchmarks above show (360Hz, which means it can display 360fps).
Of course, don’t forget that you need a high-end monitor with a super fast refresh rate to really display the impressive amount of fps generated by these GPUs in the scenarios presented for Overwatch 2.
And yes, there’s a 500Hz monitor coming from Asus – capable of displaying 500 fps – although we’re not sure when, and anyway, it’s 1080p and will likely cost you an arm and a leg (and possibly another arm). There are also 480Hz models reportedly slated for next year, but this type of monitor will be the province of professional esports gamers who are willing to spend whatever it takes to gain the slightest competitive edge.
On a final note, comparing the relative price of the two RTX 4080 models and the performance here, you’re paying a third more for the top-tier 4080 (16GB), but getting a quarter-up in performance over the 12-bit variant. GB So that makes it sound like Nvidia pushed prices a little further with the faster RTX 4080, but obviously we can’t make comparisons like that based on a single game – it’s more of an interesting observation than anything else.
We’ll need full reviews of both RTX 4080 versions to draw conclusions on this front, naturally, although it’s no surprise to see the lower tier being the value champion for the overall price/performance ratio.
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