As Fast As Possible
For undemanding competitive games where you can easily reach around 144FPS, a 144Hz monitor is the way to go.
If you care more about better graphics and visuals, and you mainly play new games, getting a 60Hz monitor with a better panel or a higher resolution may be a better route for you.
Interested in buying a new monitor? Not sure whether 144Hz is for you? We’ll provide you with a quick and simple answer and explanation.
144Hz VS 60Hz
While it’s true that a 144Hz refresh rate offers a more responsive and smooth fast-paced gaming experience, that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s the best option for you – as there are alternatives.
In order to benefit from 144Hz, your FPS (Frames Per Second) rate in video games must also be around that number which is mainly possible only in undemanding and competitive games such as CS: GO, Overwatch, Fortnite, etc.
In case you mostly play more graphically-oriented games and the latest AAA titles, where you hardly surpass 60FPS at decent settings, a 144Hz monitor is unnecessary. Instead, you can get a monitor with a better panel or a higher screen resolution for better details and visuals.
If you play a little bit of both, we suggest getting a 144Hz monitor as it will make competitive games a lot smoother whereas the more demanding games will run just as well at ~60FPS on a 144Hz monitor as they would on a 60Hz monitor.
Naturally, whenever you surpass 60FPS on a 144Hz monitor, you will feel a smoother performance than you would on a 60Hz display, though for it to become noticeably better, you’ll need to hit at least 75FPS.
So, in the end, it all comes down to what type of video games you play and at what frame rate can your PC system drive those games.
For the best results, we recommend getting a gaming monitor with a variable refresh rate technology that matches your graphics card:
For more information, visit our comprehensive ‘Is A 144Hz Monitor Worth It?‘ article.
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.