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Quick question for all you guys since most of you seem to already have either a high rez monitor (1440p) or a fast refresh rate (120 / 144 Hz). Which is better for gaming. I play all types of games from racing to RTS to FPS to RPG to MOBA.

Is it true that your graphics card needs to be able to achieve FPS = to the refresh rate in order to see the benefit of a higher refresh rate monitor? I plan on getting an AMD 290, but I know that cannot hit 120 FPS consistently on ultra settings, so do you have to lower your graphics settings to see a benefit?

Thanks for the help and clarification
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Personally I prefer the higher resolution to the higher refresh rate. I own a 1440p monitor running at 60Hz, and I don't do competitive gaming. Those who do play competitive gaming tends to, in my opinion, prefer the higher refresh rate over the higher resolution. Which is better is for your eyes to decide.
It's true that your gpu would have to produce enough frames in order to utilize the high refresh rate. The monitor being 120/144Hz alone is not equal to the output in frames. You'd need 2 290's to produce 120FPS on a 1440p in a game on ultra, it depends on the game and the resolution in question of course, but look up some benchmarks. The News section is swarming with fresh review threads on both the 290(x) and the 780ti for comparison.
Yes, you'd have to lower your graphics settings to get a higher FPS.
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I prefer the 120hz. I was skeptical at first, but 120hz is incredibly smooth.

Nothing like it imo.
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If you are strictly FPS guy you tend to favor 120Hz. If you play all types of games then 1440p is the way to go. While 120Hz is good for fast paced game 1440p has better PPI, bigger resolution, better colors. Out of games you bet better looking movies, larger work space etc etc.
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Yes you need your GPU to push 120 FPS to see the benefit of a 120HZ monitor and for most modern games you need some serious power for that on ultra settings. My vote goes for higher res monitor or even an eyefinity setup. Ive got 3 23" 1080p IPS monitors for 5760x1080p and for most games that is simply amazing.
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I have a 120 Hz sitting on the shelf while I use a 1440p daily.

My vote goes for more real estate as opposed to more fps.
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