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Gaming FPS (Frames Per Second)

Gamers are often focussed in their search for higher Frames Per Second (FPS).  With some studies showing that doubling FPS can result in the doubling of shooting accuracy within a game, it’s understandable why higher FPS is front of mind when it comes to seeking new hardware for that competitive advantage.

Our most frequently asked question – “How many FPS”

This question is asked by customers on a daily basis and we would love to be able to provide a simple answer to this question!

Unfortunately, the answer is… it depends.  How many FPS you will get in a game depends not only on the hardware you select, but on:

  • which game you’re playing
  • what resolution you’re playing at
  • what game settings you’re using (view distance, detail levels etc)

… and even when we know all of these things, other factors can impact game performance such as background applications (antivirus, streaming applications, chat apps), internet connection speed and reliability, WiFi signal strength, driver versions, ram speed, disk speed, game patches/versions and update levels and much more!

Unfortunately, our ability to provide an answer to this question is also complicated by the ACCC (Australian Competition and Consumer Commission) and customer guarantees on performance which we’ll explore further below.

The Importance of FPS Performance in Gaming

FPS refers to the number of frames rendered per second by a graphics card, and it directly affects the smoothness and fluidity of gameplay. The higher the FPS, the smoother and more responsive the game will be, providing a more immersive experience for the player. In competitive gaming, where split-second reactions can make all the difference, having a high FPS can give players a significant advantage. One video from Linus Tech Tips showed how increasing FPS from 60 to 144+ increased shooting accuracy (hits) by 50-100% in some games.  

The Role of ACCC Customer Guarantees

The ACCC is an independent government body that enforces consumer protection laws in Australia. One of their key roles is to ensure that businesses are not making false or misleading claims about their products or services. This includes any claims made about the performance of gaming hardware. As per the Australian Consumer Law, businesses must ensure that the products they sell are of acceptable quality, fit for purpose, and match the description provided. This means that if a company claims their product can achieve a certain FPS performance, it must be able to consistently deliver on that promise… and with so many variables that can affect performance (as noted above) this is an almost impossible task to achieve.

The Challenge of Providing Accurate FPS Performance Figures

So why do companies struggle to provide accurate FPS performance figures? The answer lies in the complex nature of gaming hardware, software and the various factors that can affect their performance. Just about every PC we build is unique – slight changes in hardware combinations, hardware revisions, and different brand combinations with literally billions of possible PC configurations available from our in-stock hardware components.  And hardware is just the beginning… when you consider all of the software variations and versions (operating system, drivers, games, third party applications), as well as external and environmental factors such as internet connection and even your ambient temperature all potentially having an impact on performance. This makes it challenging for companies to provide a one-size-fits-all FPS performance figure that accurately represents the product’s capabilities. Even when benchmarks are performed to test performance levels, these only apply to specific configurations at specific points in time as updates to Windows or the game itself (or minor changes to game settings) can all impact gaming performance.

The Consequences of Misleading Claims

The ACCC takes consumer guarantees very seriously, and businesses found to be making false or misleading claims can face severe consequences. In 2019, the ACCC took action against a computer retailer for misleading claims and ordered them to pay a penalty of $750,000. You can understand our hesitancy to quote FPS figures in this environment!

So what advice can we provide for Gamers?

As consumers, it is essential to be aware of our rights and the laws that protect us. When purchasing gaming hardware, it is crucial to do thorough research and read reviews from trusted sources before making a decision. It is also essential to understand that FPS performance figures provided by companies may not always be accurate due to the reasons mentioned above. Instead, focus on the overall performance and reliability of the product, and make an informed decision based on that.

Can you at least provide a guide?

Sure. For reference purposes we’ve proivded some indicative performance figures here for popular games which we’ve sourced from howmanyfps.com. We note that this website estimates performance based on relative capability of different hardware and selective benchmark testing and has NOT specifically tested every hardware combination listed. For this reason we have included a “range” of performance values to provide an indicative performance level. These performance values are based on howmanyfps.com data from April 2024 using FHD (1920×1080) at “Low” detail settings with a range of popular CPU/graphics card combinations. These figures are provided as a GUIDE only and should not be relied on when making a purchasing decision.

Tools we provide:

CPU Comparison: This tools provides relative single and multi-core performance data from selected CPUs when running Cinebench R20. A CPU that performs 20% faster than another CPU in our comparison tool may not necessarily deliver 20% faster performance in a game as gaming FPS performance is a factor of multiple components including the graphics card.

GPU Comparison: This tools provides relative performance data from selected graphics cards. A graphics card that performs 20% faster than another card in our comparison tool may not necessarily deliver 20% faster performance in a game as gaming FPS performance is a factor of multiple components including the CPU. In general however if the CPU is not the bottleneck in your system, then similar performance improvements may be possible.

Gaming Experience at different FPS levels:

FPS Gaming Experience
<30 Typically considered to be non-playable.
30-60 Not ideal for first person shooter games. Acceptable for flight/driving simulator games.
60-90 Acceptable game play but may lack competitive advantage.
90-120 Good level of game play but lacking some competitive advantage.
120-150 Ideal performance level with some competitive advantage.
150-200 Preferred performance level for modern monitors and esports titles.
200-300 Top performance (may be limited by lower refresh rate monitors).
300+ Probably more than you can display, consider running higher detail level.

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