NVIDIA Reflex came out as a new feature in September 2020 and is now integrating with Overwatch.
Looking back at my decades of gaming, such marketing announcements are usually too good to be true. Or, most of the time, a feature like this only helps those who buy the latest product (in this case, it was the new RTX 3000 graphics card), even though everyone will supposedly benefit from it. According to NVIDIA, all graphics cards with a GTX 900 or higher are supported.
Of course, you’re wondering what NVIDIA Reflex will do for your performance in Overwatch.
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Should I Turn NVIDIA Reflex Latency Mode On in Overwatch?
Enable NVIDIA Reflex Latency Mode in Overwatch if the game is fully utilizing your graphics card. As a result, the average latency is reduced by up to 30ms, depending on all system components. Of course, the higher the graphics quality set, the greater the load on the graphics card, and the more significant the latency reduction.
Should I Turn NVIDIA Reflex Latency Mode On with Boost in Overwatch?
Generally, the use of the boost function is only recommended for high-end graphics cards. This is because the performance of the graphics card is kept artificially high. This leads to significantly more waste heat and a shorter hardware lifetime. The latency reduction is marginal compared to the activation without Boost.
How to Turn NVIDIA Reflex Latency Mode On in Overwatch
Check for the latest drivers for your graphics card
- Start Overwatch
- Go to video settings.
- Scroll down to ‘NVIDIA Reflex’
- Turn the feature on (Enabled or Enabled + Boost)
Final Thoughts on NVIDIA Reflex Latency Mode for Overwatch
Lower latency doesn’t make you a super gamer or pro gamer, but leaving a free latency reduction option unused is criminal (okay, that’s a slight exaggeration 😉 ).
At best, Overwatch feels smoother, and your aiming becomes a tiny bit more accurate. At worst, nothing changes.
Maybe you have turned down all graphics settings in Overwatch (anti-aliasing, post-processing, etc.) to avoid input lag. Then experiment with higher graphics settings in combination with NVIDIA Reflex.
In the best case, you’ll see a lot more without any negative side effects. In the worst case, you switch back to the old graphics settings.
NVIDIA has managed something really good here, which will help many gamers.
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What is NVIDIA Reflex Latency Mode?
You can find the answer in this post:
What is the Difference to the Low Latency Mode of the NVIDIA Control Panel?
NVIDIA Reflex Low Latency is accessed and used directly from the game engine. Thus, the function is integrated into the respective game. In contrast, the Low Latency Mode targets the latency between the graphics card and the graphics card driver and does not directly contact the executed game.