Written by Tim

What refresh rate do you choose?

The refresh rate of your screen is an important part of your gaming experience. The refresh rate ensures hectic shooters with a lot of visual spectacle to play smoothly. Yet it's a technical term. Do you have trouble figuring it out? Then I'm happy to explain to you what it is, what type of monitors are suitable for gaming, and what else you can keep in mind.

What is the refresh rate?

Screens on monitors show still images in a rapid succession. This way, your monitor creates the illusion of a moving image. Monitors refresh the image a few times per second. This is the refresh rate. The faster the refresh rate, the smoother images are being displayed. This is expressed in Hertz (Hz).

What types of refresh rates are there?

There are different monitors wit different refresh rates. What type you need, depends on your own preferences and the type of games you play.

60Hz - suitable for movies and simple games

60Hz is the most common amount of Hertz displayed by a monitor. 60Hz allows you to play games and films with a maximum frame rate of 60 frames per second (fps). This refreshment rate is quite smooth and therefore suitable for movies and simple games.

75Hz - movies and simple games a little smoother

Monitors with a 75Hz refreshment rate often have built-in technology to boost the refresh rate. Images are displayed in 75hz. It's however a tiny difference and it depends on the person watching. A 75Hz monitor delivers comparable images for games as a 60Hz monitor.

144Hz - displaying fast action scenes in games

144Hz is a refresh rate that is suitable for displaying very fast and hectic images, such as games. Especially shooters or games with a lot of visual effects and action scenes benefit from this refresh rate. On top of that, you respond quicker to the action on the screen.

240Hz - super fast and realistic representation

Monitors with a 240Hz refresh rate, display your games super-fast. Making the refresh rate faster than most gamers will be able to perceive. This makes gameplay look as smooth and realistic as real movements.

What is the difference between the refresh rate and frame rate?

Being a gamer, you might have come across the terms frame rate or fps. The frame rate is the amount of times per second the graphic card produces and sends an image to your screen. A game that uses a high frame rate, like 60 fps or 120 fps, is displayed smoothly. In order to do this, your monitor does need a higher refresh rate. Choose a 144Hz monitor and check if your video card is powerful enough to benefit from the high refresh rate.

In short, the difference between the refresh rate and frame rate is as follows:

  • How smooth the video card produces images is called the frame rate.
  • How smooth the monitor displays a video signal it receives from the video card is called the refresh rate.

What else to keep in mind?

Video card If you want to enjoy smooth gameplay, make sure you get a 144Hz monitor and games with a high frame rate. The frame rate depends on how powerful your video card is.

Cable You'll need a videocable with the following specifications:

  • DisplayPort 1.2 (supports 144Hz in 1080p)
  • Dual link DVI (supports 144Hz in 2560 x 1600 resolution) HDMI 1.4 only sends 1080p video signals in 120Hz.

Optional: G-Sync and FreeSync G-Sync and FreeSync are techniques that prevent distracting effects such as tearing and stuttering. They do this by automatically adapting the refreshment rate to the video signal of your video card.

Tim
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