eSports games performance: a look in the world of professional gaming

Benchmarks of Dota 2, Overwatch, Call of Duty: Black Ops III, Rainbow Six Siege and CS:GO


Our test

We conducted this test a bit differently compared to normal. Players of eSports games will generally care less about how the game looks or how detailed the textures are: it's all about raw fps numbers. Even though the fastest monitors are not capable of displaying more than 144 (or very rarely 200) images per second, the newest image that is displayed at an extremely high frame rate is always more recent. Some pro-gamers take this very far and play at a very low resolution to get as much fps.

For this reason we performed the tests at Full HD on low and medium settings; competitive gamers will never step up to high or ultra, due to the impact on performance. Furthermore you sometimes see less clearly due to the extra graphical effects, compared to low settings. We tested al games with the Radeon RX 550 and RX 580 from AMD, and the GTX 1050, GTX 1060 3 GB, GTX 1070 and GTX 1080 Ti from Nvidia. This means that we tested both cheap entry-level cards and high-end models from both vendors. Cards such as the RX 550 and GTX 1050 are actively promoted by the manufacturers for MOBA gamers, so we're interested to see whether they're actually good enough for these games.

For this article we used our standard GPU test system with an Intel Core i7 5960X at 4 GHZ, a MSI X99S Gaming 9 AC motherboard, 16 GB DDR4 memory at 2133 MHz and a Samsung 840 Evo SSD.

An AMD Radeon RX 550 will do just fine in many eSports games.


three products discussed in this review

  Product Lowest price

Call of Duty: Black Ops III (PC)

PC, Shooter


Overwatch, Origins Edition (PC)

PC, Shooter


Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six: Siege (PC)

PC, Shooter


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