Best VPN For Gamers — Fast Examples That Won’t Ruin Your KDR

Gabe: Hey, folks. This is Gabe at Security Baron. If you've been wondering if there's a VPN
out there that can keep up with the performance that your games demand, we did some rather
rigorous testing on Fortnite and have some answers for you, with a look at the best VPN
for gamers. [background music] Gabe: In today's video we'll be explaining
why you'd want a VPN, detailing our methodology for testing each VPN for gaming, establishing
baseline performance on both WiFi and ethernet, before diving into the results of our testing
and giving you a winner in four categories — best for ethernet, best for WiFi, best
for privacy, and best at.

If you'd like to see a list of our favorite
VPNs, Google "Security Baron best VPNs." If you have a question about today's video,
leave us a comment and I'll get back to you. You may be wondering, why do I, a gamer, need
a VPN? The core functionality of a VPN is to anonymize
your Internet activity, mask your IP address, and encrypt your data, which is great for
protecting your privacy for anything that you access online.

VPN services typically allow you to route
your traffic through servers located around the world. In terms of content, this means that you may
have access to things that you could not previously unlock. In the gaming world, it means you can have
access to games and gaming services that you may have been prohibited from entering, depending
on your location. Of course, some games and gaming platforms
do frown upon this, so venture into this territory at your own risk. Ultimately, VPNs cannot only help protect
you online but enrich your overall Internet experience. For testing each VPN's performance while gaming,
I played Fortnite's 100-player Battle Royale mode. Typically, when testing out VPNs, I use both
a PC and a Mac. Unfortunately, I don't have a PC beefy enough
to run much of anything even something as performance light as Fortnite. For today's testing, I used a 2017 Retina
5K iMac. To get the data for this list, first I gauged
baseline performance by playing three matches without a VPN on both WiFi and ethernet. Next, I played three matches using each VPN
on both WiFi and ethernet, so you can make an informed decision, regardless of what your
gaming setup looks like.

When analyzing the matches later, I noted
fluctuations in ping and packet loss to find average ping which is measured in milliseconds,
and average packet loss throughout the match on both download and upload, which is measured
in percentage of data lost. In online gaming, ping is king. Having a lower ping will provide a smoother
game play experience and having a higher ping can cause stuttering or brief disconnections
that can ruin a match. Ping of 20-30 milliseconds or lower is the
ideal range for the most consistent experience, but 30-50 milliseconds is more than adequate. Packet loss refers to small packets of game
data that each player uploads to the game server and downloads from the game server
during a match.

Too much packet loss can pull a player out
of sync with other players in the match, so it's another important facet of a consistent
online gaming experience. If you'd like to see a more detailed guide
on our methodology, check out our written article at securitybaron.com. Aside from gaming performance there's specific
characteristics that I look to when evaluating a VPN. Things like a strict no data logging policy,
headquartered outside of surveillance jurisdiction, kill switches, split tunneling, highly rated
mobile apps, and low prices.

Of course, the sooner you pick a VPN the sooner
you can begin game security, so let's get started. Now it's time to set the stage with our results
of baseline performance without the use of VPNs. Baseline performance without a VPN on WiFi
was solid, averaging a ping of 25-30 milliseconds and packet loss of 4 percent on upload and
1 percent on download. On ethernet I averaged a ping of 10-15 milliseconds
along with 0 percent packet loss on upload and download. Battery — while WiFi performed well it can't
even touch the lightning fast rock solid performance of a hardwired connection. Now that all that is out of the way and the
stage has properly set, let's dive into each VPN's individual performance.

Let's start off strong by answering what is
surely the most pressing question on your mind. How does Windscribe compare to the competition? Maybe that's not the most pressing question
in your mind, but I digress. On WiFi, my ping fell within 35-45 milliseconds
on average with packet loss on upload and download averaging 5 percent and 1 percent
respectively. Solid but not great. However, the experience with ethernet was
a different story with average ping shifting to 15-20 milliseconds and packet loss averaging
a whopping 0 percent. It was a close battle but Windscribe slightly
etched NordVPN on packet loss and they're my pick for best VPN for ethernet. Almost every VPN has one or two drawbacks
and Windscribe is no exception. It is based in Ontario, Canada, which means
it's subject to various surveillance jurisdictions, but generally speaking, Windscribe is a really
solid option for VPN gaming. You have not only a strict no data logging
policy, but also kill switch, split tunneling, and other features that make it a solid option
for those of you looking to get VPN with your gaming.

Well, hold on. I hope you're enjoying today's best VPN for
gamers video. If you want to be kept up to date on the newest
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Baron. We're dropping new content weekly. All right, let's get back to the video. Getting ghosted on by a crush? That's just a typical Friday night. Getting ghosted on by your VPN, now that's
absolutely devastating.

Let's go ahead and see how cyberghost stacks
up. Gaming with WiFi brought ping within 25 to
30 milliseconds on average, with packet loss on upload and download averaging 3 percent
and 0 percent respectively. On ethernet, average ping was 20 to 25 milliseconds
with packet loss averaging 2 percent download and 0 percent upload. Cyberghost was an absolute killer on WiFi,
giving its name a whole new meaning. Now, of course, no VPN is perfect and cyberghost
does retain more about you and your Internet activity than we think is necessary. They do have amazing customer support and
people seem to enjoy their experiences with the customer support team. Finally, they have one of the most affordable
subscriptions out there at just $2.99 a month.

Now, you may have seen one of NordVPN's slick
advertisements on the Internet or even on TV, but how does it hold up when it comes
to gaming? During my testing on WiFi, my ping fell within
35 and 40 milliseconds on average with packet loss on upload and download each averaging
2 percent. On ethernet, things shifted in an even more
positive direction with a ping of 15-20 milliseconds and 1 percent packet loss on upload and download. In other words, WiFi performance was solid
and ethernet performance was nearly identical when compared to the baseline statistics.

An impressive showing from NordVPN. Every rose has its thorns, and I do wish that
NordVPN had randomized IP addresses or split tunneling. However, it does have a super highly rated
mobile application on both iOS and Android, and a pretty low price at $3.49 a month. It is packing a powerful punch, NordVPN that
is, in the VPN market. I'm pretty happy with its current offerings. Our final challenger has arrived in the ring
and its name is Private Internet Access, colloquially known as PIA. Running PIA on WiFi brought ping within 50
to 55 milliseconds on average, with packet loss on upload and download averaging 3 percent
and 0 percent respectively. When looking at that ping all I can say is,
"Ouch." Ethernet shakes things up a bit with an average
ping of 25 to 30 milliseconds and packet loss averaging 1 percent download and 0 percent
upload.

Not bad overall. The downside to PIA is that the fact that
it may be a bit of contradiction to its name. \ It may not be the most private, as it is based
in Denver, Colorado, which is subject to a number of surveillance jurisdictions. However, on the other hand, it is an incredibly
user-friendly app. You can torrent. You can even know that you're going to be
paying a pretty low price at just $3.33 a month. Overall, if you're looking for a great mobile
app for your VPN experience you may have to look no further than PIA. All right, let's recap some of the elements
of each of the VPNs that we reviewed today. If you're hardwired and gaming you're going
to want to check out Windscribe for its lighting fast speeds on ethernet. Additionally, you get the ability to access
torrents and Netflix in the US and UK all for $4.08 a month with the one-year plan. If you're gaming on WiFi, then you're going
to want to check out cyberghost for its excellent WiFi performance.

Additionally, you get really amazing customer
support and a very affordable plan at just $2.99 a month with the one-year subscription. If your primary concern is privacy, NordVPN
has you covered. It's located in Panama, which is outside of
international surveillance jurisdictions. It also has a strict no data logging policy,
and it allows you to access Netflix with the one-year subscription coming in at $6.99 a
month. Finally, if you want to be interfacing with
a slick and intuitive app, PIA or Private Internet Access is the VPN for you. In addition to that, it has solid customer
support, and support for torrenting at a monthly fee of $3.33 with a one-year subscription.

However, all of these services performed well
and we're confident that they could be a solid choice for you for both your gaming and browsing
needs. That concludes our look at the best VPNs for
gamers. If you'd like to take a look at how each of
these VPNs fares outside of gaming, check out their individual reviews at securitybaron.com. As always, this is Gabe, Security Baron. Be secure. [music].

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