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I am building a new rig that I will be using for mostly FPS games and I purchased a BenQ XL2420T 120hz monitor thinking I would get smoother game play with a 3GB MSI R7950.
I know I wont be pushing anywhere near 120fps with that GPU and after reading several threads
where people claim having 120hz with a frame rate under 120fps is actually worse than a 60hz monitor with v-sync I really dont know what to believe.
It seems to me that on a lot of these threads people just post there opinions not what they actually know or have experienced.
So does anyone have any experience with 120hz monitors and single GPUs?
Would it be worth it even if your only getting 60fps?
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You'd think it's still worth it for the fact you won't need to activate vsync.
    
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I am building a new rig that I will be using for mostly FPS games and I purchased a BenQ XL2420T 120hz monitor thinking I would get smoother game play with a 3GB MSI R7950.
I know I wont be pushing anywhere near 120fps with that GPU and after reading several threads
where people claim having 120hz with a frame rate under 120fps is actually worse than a 60hz monitor with v-sync I really dont know what to believe.
It seems to me that on a lot of these threads people just post there opinions not what they actually know or have experienced.
So does anyone have any experience with 120hz monitors and single GPUs?
Would it be worth it even if your only getting 60fps?

Well.......the real issue is that some people with super magical eye balls will say that the 120hz refresh rate is important no matter what. I will believe them since their eyes are THEIR eyes. However, I personally don't see too big of a difference between 60 and 120 hz anyways. There is a difference, but it is not monstrous.

That being said, I do see a benefit of having a refresh rate of greater than 60hz. Even if it is like 75hz, it still looks a bit better. The difference is so small though, it isn't even funny.

That being the case, what I would do is save the money, get a 60hz screen, and get a better GPU. Play more games at 60hz rather than try to chase 120hz.
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Well.......the real issue is that some people with super magical eye balls will say that the 120hz refresh rate is important no matter what. I will believe them since their eyes are THEIR eyes. However, I personally don't see too big of a difference between 60 and 120 hz anyways. There is a difference, but it is not monstrous.

That being said, I do see a benefit of having a refresh rate of greater than 60hz. Even if it is like 75hz, it still looks a bit better. The difference is so small though, it isn't even funny.

That being the case, what I would do is save the money, get a 60hz screen, and get a better GPU. Play more games at 60hz rather than try to chase 120hz.


But then wouldn't I be limited to 60fps with v-sync to limit the better GPU from tearing?
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I am building a new rig that I will be using for mostly FPS games and I purchased a BenQ XL2420T 120hz monitor thinking I would get smoother game play with a 3GB MSI R7950.
I know I wont be pushing anywhere near 120fps with that GPU and after reading several threads
where people claim having 120hz with a frame rate under 120fps is actually worse than a 60hz monitor with v-sync I really dont know what to believe.
It seems to me that on a lot of these threads people just post there opinions not what they actually know or have experienced.
So does anyone have any experience with 120hz monitors and single GPUs?
Would it be worth it even if your only getting 60fps?

for FPS 120hz is awesome

I love my Asus monitor though my card cant push it in newer games in TF2 its nice to be up there, and I've had friends who didnt believe me, try playing on my rig, and then go back to their rig, and 30 min later buy a 120hz monitor because it was hard for them to go back.

I do play games like BFBC2 where if I turn down the settings it is slightly noticeable when I'm getting more than 60fps, though I hate v-sync so much I just prefer to be able to not have it on.

IMHO go for it
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You don´t need 120 fps to see the difference between a 60hz and a 120hz monitor. It does help of course.

And how exactly would 60-119 fps on a 120hz monitor look worse than 60 fps on 60hz? thinking.gif
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You don´t need 120 fps to see the difference between a 60hz and a 120hz monitor. It does help of course.

And how exactly would 60-119 fps on a 120hz monitor look worse than 60 fps on 60hz? thinking.gif


Here is a thread from another website I found.

http://hardforum.com/archive/index.php/t-1684524.html
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Using my 6950, I do get frames around 100 because I honestly do not notice a difference anything above that. I'm not going to say that I can play FPSs on max settings, but so I can play at around 100 fps I drop the graphics settings a bit; I do sacrifice some graphics quality for more frames. FPSs including Crysis, BF3, Witcher 2, Dishonored etc.

I love this monintor thumb.gif
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In order to enjoy 120 Hz to its full glory you need to be at at least 100 FPS or more. Gaming has a smoother motion and fluidity.

So it's not a question if one card can handle 120 Hz, the question is what settings will you have to be playing in order for your GPU to achieve at least 100 FPS.

My GTX 690 met its match with Crysis 3 maxed settings. Can't do it with 100 + FPS so I turned to High , AA x16, MSAAx2 and I'm good.

Same can be said about ther higher the res the more GPU required to push it.

I do feel its easier to push 2560x1440 at 60 FPS over 120 HZ at 120 FPS.
     
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So it's not a question if one card can handle 120 Hz, the question is what settings will you have to be playing in order for your GPU to achieve at least 100 FPS.

Exactly what I was trying to say, well said thumb.gif
    
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