Up For Debate - What is your gaming monitor's refresh rate?

Written by Jon Sutton on Sat, Jan 11, 2020 4:06 PM

Nvidia and Asus kind of blew up this week with the announcement of a frankly insane 360Hz eSports-focused G-Sync gaming monitor they’ve been cooking up together. This panel is capable of emitting 360 distinct frames each and every second, at a rate of one frame every 2.77 milliseconds.

Naturally, outputting 360 frames per second is also going to necessitate a fairly beefy video card, depending on the specific game and settings used. To put it into perspective, a single frame at 1920 x 1080 resolution is composed of just over two million pixels. A GPU needs to render this every 2.77ms, 360 times every second, calculating 746.5 million pixels each and every second. It’s astonishing stuff, it really is, and demonstrates the sort of wizardry that goes on beneath the hood of high-end gaming hardware, all in the service of providing us with the optimal gameplay experience.

I’d imagine a display such as the Asus ROG Swift 360Hz 1080p is going to be very niche hardware, at least for now. It’s tailored towards eSports professionals looking to find a performance advantage wherever they can, no matter how seemingly small it may seem.

But outside of 360Hz, high refresh rate monitors are undeniably on the rise. 144Hz G-Sync and FreeSync displays are now seemingly fairly commonplace, while those after the ultimate premium experience have been forking out for 240Hz gaming monitors. 

Despite all of this though, we’d imagine the overwhelming majority of PC gamers are still rocking the tried and tested 60Hz displays. Once you’ve tried high refresh rates it’s difficult to go back but, if you haven’t, ignorance is bliss. 

With all sorts of different monitors floating around out there now, catering to all different price tags and needs, we thought it would be the ideal time to get the lay of the land from core PC gamers such as the GD community.

So what refresh rate do you have on your primary gaming monitor? Are you thinking of upgrading to a faster display soon? Let us know!

What is your primary gaming monitor's refresh rate?

What Adaptive Sync do you have?

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22:36 Jan-14-2020

23" MSI Optix MAG241C 1080P @ 144Hz

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21:41 Jan-14-2020

27" 165Hz G-Sync, IPS, color-calibrated

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13:35 Jan-14-2020

28" 1440p @ 60Hz (always v-sync'd) - means i can play all the games i like at maxed out settings with ReShade configs running as well

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20:10 Jan-13-2020

PG279Q here.
165hz
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I always play at 144hz, no point in overclocking to 165hz, as I can't tell the difference, therefore, no point in stressing the screen in my opinion

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07:47 Jan-14-2020

Well u got the gpu horsepowe to do 1440p 144hz so stay with it.Way better than 4k 60hz

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14:14 Jan-14-2020

Yeah.. the refresh rate boost is waay more noticeable then from 1440p to 4k

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18:51 Jan-13-2020

For PC I use 144 hz 1080p (ASUS VG278Q). Just bought it about 4 months ago, absolutely adore it. Has AdaptiveSync so GSYNC works on it.


For Xbox, depending on the game I'll either use the ASUS, or my 4K TV (60 hz). Single-player stuff, I'll play on my TV. Multi-player, I'll play on my monitor most times.

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10:02 Jan-14-2020

I have Asus VG258QR 24inch 165hz panel.Does your monitor have good colours for a TN?What monitor mode and settings are you using?

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20:57 Jan-14-2020

I've never experienced a IPS or VA monitor, so the colors seem good to me.


If I play shooters, I use FPS Mode. 80 Bright, 65 Contrast, 50 Sat, Cool Color Temp, Natural Skin Tone. 50 Sharp, 80 Trace Free, ASCR Off, Adaptive On.
Natural setting is Scenary Mode. 80/100 Bright, 80 Contrast, 50 Sat, Cool Color Temp, Natural Skin. 70 Sharp, 80 Trace, Adaptive On.


Stole my settings from various other people with the same monitor. Adjust very slightly.

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07:50 Jan-15-2020

IMO TN-panels' colour reproduction in general is bashed too much. A good TN panel can look nicer than a bad IPS or VA one. I have had that screen you have and it was a very good TN one.

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09:20 Jan-15-2020

@EMc8791 Ur settings are very bad i just tried them.Use these settings
Brightness@70 Contrast@80 Colour Temp@User Mode R@89 G@92 B@100

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07:44 Jan-13-2020

I currently have a Asus 165hz monitor and a 60hz monitor that i've been using for a year now

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15:57 Jan-13-2020

Is ur monitor VG258QR or VG278QR?

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05:21 Jan-13-2020

All I need is 60hz. Very happy with 4K Ultra gaming at high fidelity.

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19:53 Jan-12-2020

60 hurts in 1080p because im poor


it hz

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17:03 Jan-12-2020

Someone has a 30hz monitor? Thats kinda interesting knowing there are CRT´s that are over 100hz(and expensive AF).

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05:01 Jan-13-2020

Probably a TV

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21:45 Jan-14-2020

There are that CRTs could run at over 300Hz, depending on the quality of the tube and the resolution used (lower res = faster refresh rate possible)... 100Hz on a CRT isn't rare or new, but it was, for the longest time, the case for LCDs.

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15:31 Jan-12-2020

I have a 144hz screen myself. I've been using it for 5 years now, and see no real point in upgrading, unless it's for a higher resolution.
I can't see a difference between 144 and 240, besides most games don't run with more than 144FPS ;D


It is nice to have a 144 instead of a 60hz monitor though, there is definitively a noticeable difference between the two.

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17:50 Jan-13-2020

I got a 240hz monitor a few months ago & I can't see much difference. What I can see is I aim better at 240hz. I play Counter Strike & 240hz improved my aim noticeably. Good thing as I need all the help I can get I wanted stay with 144hz, but Xquatrox talked me into the 240hz & I'm glad he did. If you can, try out a 240hz monitor in a store, or use a friend's. Once you use one, you'll never go back to 144hz. Expensive, but worth it.

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11:46 Jan-14-2020

Well thing is i don't play older (shooter) games. 99.9% of the games i play have high requirements, there would just be no way to run them above 144fps. I often don't even get close to that number. And since i cant see a difference in normal use (i've tried one) i rather spent the money on my PC X)


I did notice my aim improving to though when i switched from 60 to 144, so you're right about that!

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21:46 Jan-14-2020

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14:27 Jan-12-2020

monitor = 1080p 60hz
laptop = 4k 60hz gsync
tv = 4k 120hz freesync

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13:36 Jan-12-2020

60hz 4k and I'm more than happy with it.

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12:12 Jan-12-2020

Mine's a 60hz monitor overclocked to 72hz. I do prefer the feel of it.

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10:40 Jan-12-2020

Forgive my ignorance but if someone only plays single player games is there really any need to go beyond 60Hz?

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11:00 Jan-12-2020

For lower input latency i´d say so, game feel and look more responsive.

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11:11 Jan-12-2020

Not much, I'd say. I play most games at -72fps, most games can't hit anywhere near 144fps with decent graphics. But for laptops, most 144Hz displays are of better quality than 60Hz one in terms of brightness,contrast,color,etc, not just Hz

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13:09 Jan-12-2020

Yes in terms of things looking smoother with quick movement, though this really depends on what game you are playing. Also it feels bit more responsive, depending on how sensitive to it you are. But in terms of giving you advantage, it is straight up no for singleplayer, hence why you don't need high refresh rate. But then again, option to have it is always nice and with adaptive sync,...

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13:12 Jan-12-2020

... there should be no issues, or you could always lock framerate to 1/2 or 1/3 or 1/4 of refresh rate, but since you can use FreeSync with newer GeForce cards, I would say getting adaptive sync is must. Because it really makes things smoother, unless your framerate is very unstable and jumps all over the place.

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09:38 Jan-12-2020

60Hz for myself but the next upg will be 1080p 144Hz. I was planning to get a second monitor at 144 Hz, but still...

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09:26 Jan-12-2020

wtf so many people still have 60hz?!??!! I thought it was at least almost extinct.

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10:21 Jan-12-2020

Will still take some time matey...:)

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10:24 Jan-12-2020

Many people are still using their old monitor which is still working and for that they've not upg it yet. But, will they?

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11:02 Jan-12-2020

According to steam hardware survey its by far the most popular monitor refresh rate and dont think that will change any time soon.

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11:13 Jan-12-2020

Shouldn't change for next few years as well, not gamer can afford 144Hz.

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13:16 Jan-12-2020

Nope, I would say it is unlikely to die soon, since most budget displays are 60hz. It is similar to other hardware, like high end graphic cards, while yes, 2080s or 2070s make ton of money per card sold, for every one of those, at least 10 budget cards get sold.Simply put,midrange and low end market heavily outnumber high end.And same is with displays.Many people are buying under 200USD displays.

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13:18 Jan-12-2020

And high refresh rate is still not budget feature. Plus not to mention that you do need hardware to run it. Which many people don't, since budge or midrange machines are mainly built for 1080p 60FPS AAA. But as prices go down and as features trickle down to budget monitors, we will eventually come to the point where getting higher refresh rate will be budget friendly.

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13:20 Jan-12-2020

Plus on budget oriented displays, quite often you will get that big feature at expense of many other features, where they had to cut costs. And while yes, expensive monitors are great, many people will opt out on more budget oriented, where they are better off with 60hz display which has no corners cut to accommodate high refresh panel cost.

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15:59 Jan-12-2020

Maybe because most graphically demanding games don't even run at 144fps at 1080p (unless you have a 2080 or something like that). Besides that, I have my montior for 3 years already and haven't found the need to upgrade it. If I would, I'd get a 21:9 1440p 34" screen with 75/100Hz refresh rate and gsync (if this combi even exists).
But personally for me, I'd go for a higher resolution over a higher refresh rate at this point. I'm used to 32" 1080p, but when I switch to my laptop (15.6" 1080p) it feels like I'm looking at something crisp and sharp.

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07:04 Jan-12-2020

At the moment 72Hz with my Samsung monitor however will upgrade to 144Hz by the end of summer ( looking at either the Asus VG278Q or Asus VG279Q )

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03:05 Jan-12-2020

60hz no issues will not change, unless i have a excellent reason for changing.

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07:41 Jan-12-2020

Same

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23:57 Jan-11-2020

1440p 155Hz Freesync

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23:22 Jan-11-2020

1440P 165HZ G-Sync

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23:54 Jan-11-2020

How is your cpu performance with those high framerates?

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02:07 Jan-13-2020

good would i mean. i run games like. COD: MW at 100 - 160 FPS all the time. It depends on which maps I play. those fps at this game are all settings at max except Ray Traycing :)

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