IntroductionThere are many gamers who don't spend much on hardware and also often have computers that can't power a high end graphics card. I've been asked before what low end graphics cards are better for World of Tanks. I had the opportunity to test several of them recently.
I used Fraps and a WoT replay of the M41 Bulldog on the Windstorm map to compare the GTX 1050 vs the RX 460. Fraps recorded the minimum, average, and maximum FPS for the battle. The RX 460 that was used cost $95 and the GTX 1050 that was used cost $100. Both are models that don't use any additional power and get all their power through the PCI Express x16 slot. Also, both cards have 2 GB of memory.
The computer used for the comparison had these specs:
i7 6700K overclocked to 4.6 GHz and water cooled.
32 GB DDR 4 RAM (8GB x 4 sticks)
1 TB Samsung EVO 850 SSD
Seasonic 750 Watt power supply
Windows 10 Pro
The faster processor was used to ensure neither graphics card was hindered by CPU performance.
The two graphics cards tested were:
ZOTAC GeForce GTX 1050 Mini $99.99
PowerColor RED DRAGON Radeon RX 460 $94.99
Both graphics cards were run at their default clock speed.
For smooth game play you want to keep your minimum FPS(Frames per Second) above 30 FPS. Games can start looking like a slide show below 30 FPS. Games tend to look smoother and are easier to play when you keep your minimum frame rates higher. Generally 50-60 FPS is where games start to look much smoother to most gamers. Some people with 60 Hz monitors prefer to have their minimum FPS never drop below 60 FPS then enable V-sync to reduce the visual effect called screen tearing. Other players have monitors that are capable of 75 Hz, 100 Hz, 120 Hz, 144 Hz, or faster refresh rates and want higher average FPS in game. Minimum and average frame per second are a matter of both game play quality and personal preference and can be limited by the hardware. Maximum FPS isn't as important for game play as minimum FPS and average FPS.
As you can see at every resolution and graphic setting the GTX 1050 had higher average and higher minimum FPS. It looks like the GTX 1050 is worth the extra $5.
I recently tested quite a few graphics cards that cost between $80 and $120 and will be writing an article comparing all of them in World of Tanks along with other games.
I'm sure someone will reply with, "The human eye can't see more than 30 FPS." There is a myth that the human eye can't distinguish any difference above 30 frames per second, so that having more than 30 FPS is useless. In scientific testing, it has been proven that the human eye can see differences in frame rate at over 200 frames per second. One United States military test of pilots showed that they can be shown an image of an aircraft for 1/220th of a second and they can accurately and reliably tell what type of aircraft it is. Other tests have shown that computer gamers can see a difference between 30 frames per second, 60 frames per second, and 100+ frames per second while playing computer games on newer monitors that have the capability of using refresh rates above 100 Hz. The difference is noticed more by gamers who have previously played on 100 Hz and faster refresh rate monitors. Also, some people say that television and movies are shown at approximately 30 FPS, so more than 30 FPS isn't necessary. However movies and television shows often use motion blur to hide what would seem to be jerky movement due to being played at 30 FPS.