Computer gamers have always known that their setups are superior to those that use consoles. The flexibility and expandability available to computer gamers thanks to upgradeable hardware means that they can always be pushing the boundaries, whilst console gamers only get an upgrade every 7-10 years. Computers are also more suited to setting up the private networks required to host games, allowing for low ping rates and no lag. So when the world of esports began to take off, it is no surprise that a large number of the major esports leagues decided to use computers rather than consoles.
Many of the major esports leagues also have sponsorship deals with their hardware partners, who provide free equipment and cash in exchange for prominent placement of their logos and lots of mentions. So, here is a look at the hardware used in the NBA 2K League, one of the most prominent esports leagues in the US.
What is the NBA 2K League?
The NBA 2K League is the official esports league of the National Basketball Association. It runs alongside the real NBA league with 22 teams that are linked to the official franchise teams of the NBA. Although the leagues are connected and the esports teams are assigned to their real-life teams, the outcome of either league has no effect on the other. For example, the Los Angeles Clippers are currently favoured to win the NBA championship, but they don’t have a team in the NBA 2K League.
The NBA 2K League Hardware Requirements
The launch of the league was made with main sponsors, Dell and Intel, already signed up. The league games are played on Alienware (Dell’s gaming PC brand) computers fitted with 8th generation Intel Core i7-8700k processors, GeForce GTX 1070 graphics cards, and 16GB of DDR4 memory clocked at 2666MHz. The computers are connected to 25” Alienware monitors with a 240Hz refresh rate. This will be powerful enough for the game to run at 60 fps, at 1080p resolution, on the “ultra settings”. In the interests of fairness (and because the league doesn’t have a controller sponsor) players will be able to choose from either an Xbox or PlayStation controller.
This is certainly a powerful setup. The GTX 1070 has 1,920 CUDA cores, a 1.68GHz clock speed and 4.5GB of GDDR5 VRAM. This packs 6.5 TFLOPs of performance, making it one of the most powerful cards in its category. 16GB of memory is more than sufficient and the 6 core, hyperthreaded, i7-8700k processor is streets ahead of its competitors.
The NBA 2K League computers are powerful machines and are not only capable of handling anything the esports league will throw at them, but they’re also capable of running even the most demanding of games available on the market today.