144Hz vs 240Hz – Which Refresh Rate Should I Choose?

The higher the refresh rate, the better. However, if you cannot get past 144 FPS in games, there’s no need for a 240Hz monitor. Here's a handy guide to help you choose.


The higher the 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.

Thinking about replacing your 144Hz gaming monitor with a 240Hz one? Or are you considering going straight to 240Hz from your old 60Hz display? No worries, we’ll help you decide whether 240Hz is worth it.

In short, 240Hz makes fast-paced gaming incredibly 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.

240Hz won’t give you an obvious 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 as well.

240Hz vs 144Hz Monitors

Now, when buying a high refresh rate gaming monitor, there are additional things you need to consider, such as the panel type, screen resolution and adaptive-sync technology.

A 240Hz refresh rate is currently only available on some 1080p and 1440p monitors, whereas you can get a 144Hz gaming monitor with a 4K resolution as well.

And that’s just one side of the story, you also 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 — or both.

Luckily, both 144Hz and 240Hz monitors are available with these technologies, which also affects the price.

There are even 360Hz gaming monitors, which offer a rather noticeable boost in motion clarity as opposed to 144Hz displays, but the jump from 240Hz is not as apparent.

However, they are significantly more expensive too, so they’re primarily aimed at professional gamers. For an average gamer, the difference between 240Hz and 360Hz most likely won’t be worth the extra ~$250 price difference.


So, what is the bottom line?

If you are a hardcore or a professional FPS player, you’re probably willing to take any improvement you can to up your game, in which case a 240Hz monitor is a worthy upgrade.

On the other hand, for casual gamers, a 144Hz refresh rate is most likely sufficient, especially after considering how demanding games at 240FPS with decent settings can be.

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Rob Shafer

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.