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There seems to be misconceptions about 144hz monitors.

#1Kano92Posted 7/23/2014 11:30:55 AM
I've done some research about running a 144hz monitor with a non highend video card. A while back people here told me you need to use a highend card like in GTX 770 and up range with a 144hz monitor. Which this is totally false.

Here are some answers to questions that proves you don't need a really high end card to get benefits of a 144hz monitors.


So one should just keep the refresh rate at 144Hz even though you can't run the game at that FPS ?

What about vsync Should keep that off if you know you can't run the game at steady wet FPS ?

Would be worth getting or these monitors with my setup though ?

Can I change the refresh to maybe 85hz and then I may have better chance to attain 85 FPS steady with my gpu ?

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Yes run the monitor at 144hz at all times, even if the game is at 30fps the monitor will just redraw the same frame - youll get much less tearing this way.

Keep Vsync off, at 144hz tearing isnt nearly as noticeable as 60hz and you get the benefit of eliminating a lot of input lag. Only reason to turn vsync on is to eliminate screen tearing.

Of course a high end gpu pumping out 100fps+ on a 144hz monitor will be much more fluid than a medium end card at 50-70fps. Especially if you turn on Lightboost - i believe LB looks much better if fps match the refresh rate OR if the frame rate is much higher than the fresh (something like 300fps)

Dont really worry about matching your hz with fps, always leave it on the highest, and turn on vsync if tearing is a problem

Right now even my overclocked 290X can run Watchdogs at around 50-70fps at High/Ultra settings (no AA) but i dont underclock my monitor to match it.


If you can get a higher end gpu, becuz 144fps@144hz is still much better than 60fps@144hz, which is still better than ~60fps@60hz imo.




Here is the full thread if interested.

http://www.overclock.net/t/1495254/so-do-i-need-a-high-end-gpu-to-use-one-of-those-144hz-monitors
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#2Lemur_HPosted 7/23/2014 12:01:42 PM
Even if you're not hitting 144 FPS, the input lag may be much better at 144Hz than it is at 60Hz.

This is something I've noticed using multiple displays, however there may be more factors in play. Such as all my displays having their latency increased because they have to slow down for the slowest display if I'm duplicating displays.

I'm not bothered enough to test any further.
#3vashtrichamPosted 7/23/2014 12:01:52 PM
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#4Kano92(Topic Creator)Posted 7/23/2014 12:30:30 PM
Thats what I'm saying even though you can't any where near 144 fps on a 144hz monitor it does not matter you'll still be better then 60hz. It will still be a way better image.
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#5ClouddxPosted 7/23/2014 12:33:44 PM(edited)
Kano92 posted...
Thats what I'm saying even though you can't any where near 144 fps on a 144hz monitor it does not matter you'll still be better then 60hz. It will still be a way better image.


It really depends on the monitor, some monitors like the U2312HM have almost zero input lag and it's only a 60hz monitor.

Some 144hz monitors are worse than that one.
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