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Screen Tearing: Do you always have to use vsync or adjust frame rates while gaming?

Poll Results: Do you always compensate frame rates to remove screen tearing while gaming?

Poll expired: Nov 30, 2012  
  • 46% (25)
    Yes, I usually have to enable vsync to remove tearing.
  • 5% (3)
    Yes, I manually cap frame rates similar to what vsync offers to remove tearing.
  • 3% (2)
    Yes, I manually cap frame rates higher then what vsync offers to remove tearing.
  • 3% (2)
    Yes, I manually cap frame rates lower then what vsync offers to remove tearing.
  • 3% (2)
    Yes I do but I'm using an HDTV. Either vsync or cap FPS manually.
  • 1% (1)
    Yes, but I have to do something else not listed here. I will post what I do.
  • 25% (14)
    No, I don't have a screen tearing issue.
  • 9% (5)
    I don't have a screen tearing issues but at times I either use vsync or manually cap FPS for various reasons.
54 Total Votes  
post #1 of 69
Thread Starter 
Is this really a way of life for some PC gamers out there? I wanted to add a poll on this because others seem to be getting it to a point were they have to always alter the fps for a game in some way to compensate for it. It doesn't appear to be video card specific, it doesn't appear to be game specific and it doesn't appear to be connection specific (at least not discussed in any length). So what's going on?

What make/model monitors are you using?
post #2 of 69
I just bought a 120hz monitor and don't have to deal with vsync because tearing is pretty rare without it.
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post #3 of 69
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by DzillaXx View Post

I just bought a 120hz monitor and don't have to deal with vsync because tearing is pretty rare without it.
I'm not convinced that having a 120hz monitor is a key fix for it. I know a few who have 60hz monitors and don't experience this. Which is why I'm asking.
post #4 of 69
I never use vsync because of the input lag, there are a few games I notice tearing in like Portal 2 and Primal Carnage, but most I do not notice it. The wY vsync makes a mouse feel is far worse than any visual benefits could be for me though.
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post #5 of 69
I usually just deal with it when it's not bad.
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post #6 of 69
I went from a nVidia to a AMD card and the problem almost went away for me on the same exact monitor biggrin.gif.
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post #7 of 69
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Hmm, I wonder if LCD Overdrive would help some who use CCC? Well, for monitors that don't already have some sort of overdrive built in.
post #8 of 69
Chance of killing your monitor at that point, and where is this overdrive option?

I can't pick anything byt 30hz or 60hz, when it says my mon maxes @ 75hz.
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post #9 of 69
I HAVE to have Vsync on...If I see a screen tear it not only disgusts me, but my eye will follow it. Used to get me killed sometimes. So any game that I can get an average over 70fps I will have Vsync on...for some reason I never seem to notice a screen tear unless I am around 80fps on my 60MHz monitor. I am sure they are happening from 61-79fps...but I just don't notice them.

I should also note that I've never really noticed a mouse lag. However, I've had the change to play on a 120MHz monitor on a game that was getting about 100fps. When compared that that...I see mouse lag on my system, but it isn't game breaking.
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post #10 of 69
Quote:
Yes, I manually cap frame rates similar to what vsync offers to remove tearing.

Yes, I manually cap frame rates higher then what vsync offers to remove tearing.

Yes, I manually cap frame rates lower then what vsync offers to remove tearing.

Okay, it's obvious that at LEAST one of these methods doesn't work. But which?



Answer: None of these methods work! Frame rate capping does not replace vsync. OP, you should really edit your post, because it gives the impression that frame rate capping can remove screen tearing.
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