60 Hz or 144 Hz monitor: understand the difference and know how to choose

When buying a new monitor, models with 60 Hz or 144 Hz are options available on the market. Devices with 60 Hz are easier to find, but those who are looking for more performance and a more fluid experience can invest in high-speed screens, in the range of 144 Hz or more. That's because higher-speed screens ensure more fluidity, represent lower latency, and can even improve the experience of enjoying movies at home.

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However, in addition to the monitor, one cannot forget about hardware compatible with the most advanced technology that can achieve such performance. Next, explains better how the notion of screen frequency works and what is the difference between 60 Hz and 144 Hz monitors.

Screen speed

We don't realize it, but the computer screen ( cell phone and TV too) change images several times per second. Even without the PC doing anything, just showing your desktop, the screen is busy executing a new image every 16 ms (milliseconds), which results in 60 swaps per second (on a 60 Hz monitor).

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A 144Hz monitor will have more than twice that speed and will be able to switch images 144 times within a second—that is, a new frame every 6.9ms. The practical effect of this big difference in speed is that the screen will be able to present more fluid images, in addition to representing a relevant gain in reducing the so-called input lag .

Why are faster monitors better?

Screens that refresh faster generate more fluid images because the interval between changing each frame becomes even more difficult to perceive. Some people are more sensitive to this difference, but these gains are especially apparent when enjoying games and also movies.

In movies, there is an equally important situation: 144 Hz screens will be able to show works of cinema at the correct pace. This is because 144 is perfectly divisible by 24, the rate at which feature films are produced. As 60 Hz monitors are not capable of displaying three frames in a second (24 x 3 = 72), movies end up losing some of the original movie theater look.

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In addition to allowing for smoother on-screen images, faster monitors can provide a competitive advantage in gaming . As these screens reproduce more information per second, you can preview some enemy actions before an opponent using a slower monitor.

Don't forget the hardware

The high-speed screen alone is no miracle. Thus, the monitor depends on your computer having high enough performance hardware to ensure that the screen speed is actually taken advantage of.

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It's easy to see why: with a 144 Hz display, your system needs to be able to generate 144 new frames every second. If you play at high resolution, like 4K, it's more than 8 million pixels repeating 144 times per second, each with accurate color, light and texture information.

Because of this, remember to correctly size your hardware to meet the performance level you expect when investing in a new screen for your desktop.

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