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What you need to know about refresh rate

Last updated on December 15, 2019

What you need to know about refresh rate

You might have heard your geeky friends, boyfriends, girlfriends raving about the high refresh rate their gaming monitors are able to produce. But you have no clue what that means. Well, you are in luck. I’m no rocket scientist or expert in monitors but I’ll attempt to simplify it for you.

There are a few common variations of the “rates” that people talk about – 60Hz, 90Hz, 120Hz, 144Hz and 240Hz.

What these numbers mean is the smoothness of the graphics you see on your screen. The higher the refresh rate, the smoother the gaming experience you will have visually.

What about frame rate? That’s a great question.

Refresh rate and frame rate are like family. Each Hz is equivalent to one frame per second. So imagine playing a game where you need to make fast movement turning left or right, like my current favourite game, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, the higher the refresh rate, the less likely you will see a blurry image as you turn. This is especially important in such refresh-rate-demanding games where a slight blur might cause you to miss a target creeping on you. Damn you, Snipers.

The refresh rate that you should go for depends on the type of game you are into. If you are into SIMS, I doubt you need high refresh rate. But if you are into first-person shooting game or racing game, which again have many things moving in fast motion, a 120Hz should be a good starting point.


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