Being a gamer, you’d be interested in the speed at which your gaming monitor responded, hoping to not have any tearing, and a steady flow of pictures, don’t you? What we’ve just defined here is your gaming monitor’s refresh rate, an essential aspect of your gaming monitor knowledge that you need to acquire.
Purchasing a new monitor might just have you considering pixel response, display, and several other features, but if you want a steady flow of pictures in your screen, looking into your refresh rate will help you eventually.
Refresh rates started to matter when LCD monitors came into existence, with the old CRT screens redrawing the images by scratch, LCD monitors started simple refreshing them. But what makes to difference to us now is how well your monitor can perform this.
Technically speaking though, your refresh rate can be measured based on the number of times per second an image will need to be regenerated to prevent flickering when viewed by the naked human eye. It’s measured in Hertz (Hz), with a higher rate referring to a quick paced regeneration.
60Hz is a good starting point for your refresh rate, but only if you’re not an obsessed gamer. If you’re one of those quality obsessed, experience loving individuals, a higher refresh rate will help you calm down enough to not break your screen in frustration.
If you’ve already done some research on buying a gaming monitor, the term G-sync must have come up. To understand how the G-sync we need to go back to your game settings and look at Vsync.
Now, what Vsync does is, it locks onto your video card to match your monitor’s refresh rate. If you’re an avid gamer, and have been for a long time, you’ll know how undeniably unreliable this is. It’s always a tug-of-war between your frame rate and your refresh rate; with the Vsync on, and a lower frame rate compared to your refresh rate, you have performance issues, but with the Vsync of. A lower refresh rate compared to the frame rate refers in screen tearing that just plays with your patience.
And so, the best invention known to man (well at least for gamers) was spawned: G-sync.
An adaptive refresh rate, G-sync adapts to the frame rate, i.e. only allowing the monitor to update after receiving a frame from the video card, giving you the smoothest flow of your game throughout your day.
Better refresh rates also highlight an improved motion resolution in your gaming monitor, with a major benefit being a more detailed approach to the motion, displaying a lesser amount of blurring throughout your viewing experience.
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Faster response rates can also be observed through higher refresh rates, i.e. the time taken to showcase the refresh rates, making your gaming transition smoother and interruption-free.
Your Refresh Rate
To check up on your own refresh rates, something you can practise in a Windows 10 or higher computer version, you’ll need to go through your display settings which can be found once you right click on the desktop. Once your display settings have popped up, go through the advanced display settings to display adapter properties. Here you’ll be shown an image with a drop-down box below it, clicking on it will show you the different levels of refresh rate available and supported by your monitor.
If you’re not a gamer, none of this matters to you, a higher refresh rate is not going to make a difference in most of your activities on your machine.
If you’re a gamer with a professional gaming laptop/machine already, you won’t have to worry about its refresh rate either, as it would already include better refresh rates.
If you’re a regular gamer, you’ll want a gaming monitor with a high refresh rate and a low response time.
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