Activate Nvidia Reflex in Naraka: Bladepoint if you happen to’re working an older GPU

Naraka Bladepoint

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Naraka: Bladepoint is the most recent sport to hit the digital cabinets sporting a choice of Nvidia’s applied sciences. Together with DLSS, it additionally advantages from Reflex, Nvidia’s latency busting tech designed to present you a bonus in sport. Actually, Nvidia has been working with builders to get Reflex into loads of titles, and Naraka: Bladepoint is the nineteenth sport to characteristic the tech

However how a lot distinction does it make, and is Reflex a setting it is best to activate? I grabbed the testbed (AMD Ryzen 9 5950X, RTX 3080) and the 360Hz Alienware AW2521H with a thoughts to discovering out. This setup additionally consists of the Logitech Professional Wi-fi, which plugs straight into the Alienware monitor to let you measure full system latency. 

Measuring latency is a tough beast, even with the fitting {hardware}, as you want an space of the display screen to flash after you press a button in order that latency might be measured. Naraka: Bladepoint’s major commerce is melee fight, and the final time I checked swords do not normally produce an explosion of sunshine when used. Fortunately there’s some gunplay to get pleasure from within the sport as properly, and the sport’s musket produces a splendidly excessive explosion each time you fireplace it. So we’re good.

After a fast refresher about measuring and utilizing Nvidia Reflex, I jumped into the coaching grounds. Grabbing the musket and a complete pile of restore chests (which basically act as ammo so far as weapons are involved), I set about ascertaining simply how a lot of an impression Reflex can have on a system.

Spoilers: so far as the RTX 3080 is anxious, not lots. 

Naraka: Bladepoint Reflex benchmarks

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For Reflex to actually have an effect it’s worthwhile to be GPU certain: at 1080p, the RTX 3080 is sort of fortunately throwing round over 200fps on the highest preset. Turning Reflex on improves latency by lower than 4%. 

The identical is not true in terms of the GTX 1660 Tremendous although, which struggles to keep up 30fps on the highest settings. Right here you completely are GPU certain, and that is the place you may see the most important enchancment from turning Reflex on. 

In testing, you are a 25% enchancment to the latency right here, and that rises to 30% for going for the Reflex On + Increase choice. It will max out your GPU utilization, and thus draw extra energy, but it surely does assist enhance latencies that little bit extra.

Naraka Bladepoint Reflext testing

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After all, you are unlikely to play a aggressive Battle Royale at 30fps, even with Reflex on. Dropping all the way down to the very lowest settings at 1080p on the GTX 1660 Tremendous, the framerate jumped as much as be extra consistent with the 3080 on the highest settings—round 200fps. It would not look anyplace pretty much as good, however it’s a a lot smoother expertise. 

After all, the latency drops considerably as properly, and also you’re wanting on the state of affairs the place the advantages of Reflex are diminished as soon as once more—though Reflex On + Increase does enhance issues right here from simply over 2% to 7%. 

Naraka Bladepoint Reflext testing

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The entire level of Reflex although is that it lets you up the settings whereas conserving latency fairly in examine. So some Medium and even Excessive settings ought to be doable, whereas additionally sustaining a clean and responsive gaming expertise.

So, again to the unique query: is Reflex a setting it is best to activate when you have an Nvidia graphics card? The straightforward reply is sure, significantly if you happen to’re sporting a barely older card. It ought to let you go for barely higher settings, whereas additionally conserving total system latency low. And better-looking video games which might be nonetheless responsive is clearly the place it is at.

Alan Dexter

Alan has been writing about PC tech since earlier than 3D graphics playing cards existed, and nonetheless vividly remembers having to battle with MS-DOS simply to get video games to load. He fondly remembers the killer combo of a Matrox Millenium and 3dfx Voodoo, and seeing Lara Croft in 3D for the primary time. He is very glad {hardware} has superior as a lot because it has although, and is especially comfortable when placing the most recent M.2 NVMe SSDs, AMD processors, and laptops by way of their paces. He has a long-lasting Magic: The Gathering obsession however limits this to MTG Area as of late.