YouTuber 3kliksphilip (opens in a new tab)apparently mad with power, bent one of the most absurd computer game components ever devised to a suitably deranged purpose: reaching the framerate of the notoriously easy-to-control Counter-Strike: Global Offensive so high, the Source engine buckles under the weight.
CS:GO is built on almost the same 18-year-old technology as Half-Life 2. Its lightweight nature allows players to achieve maximum frame rates with minimal hardware, going beyond the classic 60 to reach heights of 120, 144 or 144. even 200 fps, all for maximum competitive advantage, no matter how slight. Counter-Strike’s built-in limit is already an absurdly high 400 fps.
In a time of rising energy costs and something not great may happen to global ocean temperatures, Nvidia has released an absolute monster brick of a graphics card in the 450 watt maximum TDP, $1,600 RTX 4090. (opens in a new tab). 3kliksphilip commendably acknowledges the absurdity of such a product, while also pointing out some potentially more sensible use cases for it, all before plunging into the abyss.
3kliksphilip started by removing every obstacle to action, including AI bot players and even the HUD and view models to steal precious frames. At this moment, even the powerful Intel Core i9 13900K (opens in a new tab) processor becomes a bottleneck, with average frame rates of around 980 from 4k to 720p. Pushing things to their absolute limit, just by looking at a wall on a particularly uncomplicated map, 3kliksphilip was able to top over 4,400 fps, a truly ridiculous feat.
Perhaps one day, an esports-centric society of future humans will develop monitors to do such performance, eyes to perceive it, and yes, even games to support it. But does 4,400fps produce a better K/D ratio? Turns out, once you get above about 1,000 fps, Counter-Strike starts to screw up. Characters start moving slightly faster. This is not unheard of in games: some older ones can’t go past 60 or even 30 fps without crashing due to their internal logic tied to a certain frame rate, although it’s fun to make them try. (opens in a new tab).
A 4090 speed boost won’t actually offer any tangible benefit in the game, as online servers will forcefully correct you to move at normal game speed, which renders player side like a jerky, constant stutter. Finally, 3kliksphilip readily admits what a foolish endeavor this was, even if it is very, very funny.