As Fast As Possible
The higher refresh rate the better. However, if you cannot get past 144 FPS (Frames Per Second) in games, there’s no need for a 240Hz monitor unless you want to future-proof your system.
Whether you are thinking about replacing your 144Hz gaming monitor with a 240Hz one or you are considering going straight to 240Hz from your old 60Hz display, we’ll help you decide whether 240Hz is worth it.
In short, 240Hz makes fast-paced gaming insanely smooth and fluid. However, keep in mind that the jump from 144Hz to 240Hz is not nearly as noticeable as going from 60Hz to 144Hz. It won’t give you an advantage over other players nor will it make you a better player, but it will make the gameplay more enjoyable and immersive.
Furthermore, if you aren’t getting over 144 FPS in your video games, there’s no reason to get a 240Hz monitor unless you plan on upgrading your PC rig as well.
240Hz vs 144Hz Monitors
The 240Hz refresh rate is currently only available on some 1080p TN monitors whereas you can get a 144Hz gaming monitor with an IPS or a VA panel for more vibrant colors and viewing angles. Moreover, you can get a 144Hz monitor with a higher screen resolution for an overall better but also more demanding image quality.
Finally, you have to take into account whether you want your monitor to have a variable refresh rate such as FreeSync and G-SYNC or some form of motion blur reduction via backlight strobing. Luckily, both 144Hz and 240Hz monitors are available with these technologies which also affects the price.
If you are a hardcore or a professional FPS gamer, you’re probably willing to take any improvement you can to up your game in which case a 240Hz monitor is a worthy upgrade.
For casual gamers, on the other hand, a 144Hz refresh rate is most likely sufficient, especially after considering how demanding gaming at 240FPS/1080p with decent settings can be.
Alternatively, you may want to consider getting one of the gaming monitors that can easily overclock to 165Hz or 180Hz.
Rob is a software engineer with a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Denver. He now works full-time managing DisplayNinja while coding his own projects on the side.