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I've been trying to ask this question in one of my other threads in a different category, so far nobody's gotten to it yet so I thought I'd separate it.

I've got one 720p Samsung monitor that my dad got for my room, back before I realized he had gotten me such weak resolution. I bought my own 1080p monitor, this one here:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16824236101

Now, I'm a movie editor, and I'm a fan of three-monitor setups. I want to get my third monitor at extreme qualities, though this seems like the most extreme that it can get really, except it's at 60Hz refresh rate.

So I've been searching through 120Hz monitors and have realized that no matter where I look, every monitor I look at fails to give me any info on things like contrast ratio and response time. And then I realized something. I've spent maybe a month's worth of time researching graphics cards, and I've never heard of a GPU that runs at higher than 60Hz. So, if I plug a 120Hz monitor into my GPU, will it scale up to 120Hz? Or will the GPU just scale it down to 60Hz?

Would buying a 120Hz monitor for my PC just be a total waste?
post #2 of 33
Um...what?


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afaik, every gpu can run at 120hz lol.

the option simply wont display on a 60hz monitor.

-afaik-
post #4 of 33
yeah you're not making much sense buddy. Are you looking to buy a single 120hz to go with the 1080p monitor you linked + the 720p monitor your dad gave you? if so this doesn't make much sense to me unless your doing it just for the extra desktop space.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16824009300 (thinkin about gettin one of these myself)

that gives u all the info you want. 2ms response time, ACM 10,000,000:1, etc...

As far as a gpu taking advantage of these? Well any gpu powerful enough will do. If you plan on running all 3 I'd recommend a 6950 2gb
Edited by EM2J - 10/16/11 at 7:34pm
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GPU's can run at 120hz..but if you only have a 60hz monitor..it wont show 120hz as an option because the monitor wouldn't support it.

The only real advantage 120hz has is a bit more fluid picture when playing games and watching movies...enables you to watch 3d movies and if you have a high end Nvidia GPU..play games in 3d...also gets rid of screen tearing (those lines you sometimes see when playing certain games/movies).

If you don't have a graphics card that will run games at 120 fps, it wouldn't do you much good anyways but I would imagine it would appear more fluid anyways I guess..personally wouldn't know, my neighbor has been using them for awhile, he loves them.
    
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yeah you're not making much sense buddy. Are you looking to buy a single 120hz to go with the 1080p monitor you linked + the 720p monitor your dad gave you? if so this doesn't make much sense to me unless your doing it just for the extra desktop space.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16824009300 (thinkin about gettin one of these myself)

that gives u all the info you want. 2ms response time, ACM 10,000,000:1, etc...

As far as a gpu taking advantage of these? Well any gpu powerful enough will do. If you plan on running all 3 I'd recommend a 6950 2gb
I ran 3x1080p on my single 6950 fine.

OP: I'm not sure if when you get the 120hz monitor it will run as such if you're using it with 2 other 60hz monitors. On its own sure, but I would GUESS that the 120hz would run at 60hz as long as there are lower frequency displays in the setup.
post #7 of 33
I think what hes trying to say is that he wants to know the differences in quality and if they are noticeable?... He thinks that all video cards display different refresh rates and so he is trapped in thinking of just buying, for example, a 60hz monitor because he does not believe that he will achieve the "120hz look and feel" with a future upgraded graphics card. Keep in mind that he is an editor and that he wants to see his movies in good quality.
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Gtx 580 or Quadro 4000. I'm not gonna do this on my radeon 4670, that's not mine its actually Ragtag7's, the guy who's pretending he doesn't know me personally.
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Originally Posted by EM2J View Post
yeah you're not making much sense buddy. Are you looking to buy a single 120hz to go with the 1080p monitor you linked + the 720p monitor your dad gave you? if so this doesn't make much sense to me unless your doing it just for the extra desktop space.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16824009300 (thinkin about gettin one of these myself)

that gives u all the info you want. 2ms response time, ACM 10,000,000:1, etc...

As far as a gpu taking advantage of these? Well any gpu powerful enough will do. If you plan on running all 3 I'd recommend a 6950 2gb
I'm a film editor, I want this monitor to display the video from the movie timeline, to see it at the absolute best quality it can be.

This monitor suggests that 120Hz are only activated when its doing 3d? Why is that?

And btw, no I'm not getting an ATI, not for editing.

(Honestly I don't see how I could have made my question much clearer)
post #10 of 33
It is TOTALLY worth it if you have the graphics power behind it so that you can get around or over 120fps.

I can put vsync on at run smooth as butter 120fps locked and it is totally awesome!
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