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Is It Okay To Get A 144hz Monitor If You Don't Get 140FPS Or More InGame?

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One of the main MMO games I play on PC is Planetside 2, I wanna buy the Acer X35 since I wanna experience an ultra wide monitor with G-Sync.

https://pcmonitors.info/reviews/acer-z35/ The native resolution is 2560x1080, if I play on 1080p then I might have black bars unless the monitor has some automatic scaling mechanism if I am playing on console.

I tested Planetside 2 by playing on a custom resolution on my Sony W800B television, 2560x1080. When I am involved in a big battle in planetside 2 (Big battles range from 48-96+ vs 48-96+) I usually get 70-90fps, it rarely goes beyond 90, sometimes it does down to 65 but it is usually stable at 70-90fps. Is that okay? It is a 144hz monitor and I have heard that having FPS below your monitors refresh rate isn't good or is the effect of this exaggerated?

Would appreciate any insight into this issue.
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I have an Asus 144Hz monitor and i notice a major advantage is every aspect not just gaming. I do in-fact have very sensitive eyes though and can pick up on things most of the people i know cannot discern.

The 144Hz panel for me is noticeable even on the standard desktop with simple things just as minimizing and maximizing windows even.

Even being below 144 FPS in games there will be a huge noticeable improvement for you if you are coming from a 60Hz panel.
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Yes, a 144hz monitor will make the picture cleaner and respond faster than a normal 60hz panel. If you're using it for FPS games, especially twitch shooters, 144hz panel will definitely help.
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Of course it's not okay. You'll be crucified on the forums by someone.
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But does anyone know if there would be any issues if I was getting 70-90fps in a game? While my monitors is 144hz, is that a problem or not?
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But does anyone know if there would be any issues if I was getting 70-90fps in a game? While my monitors is 144hz, is that a problem or not?
Yes not only will you be crucified on the forums but your computer will also explode, of course.
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But does anyone know if there would be any issues if I was getting 70-90fps in a game? While my monitors is 144hz, is that a problem or not?

No, its not.
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What about screen tearing? Several sources say that you get screen tearing if your FPS is lower than the monitor refresh rate. I notice screen tearing in all my games, some more noticeable than others. I don't like having V-Sync on and I don't know if GSync could be a solution, I have heard GSync works from 30hz to the monitors maximum refresh rate but I don't know if it is true.
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What about screen tearing? Several sources say that you get screen tearing if your FPS is lower than the monitor refresh rate. I notice screen tearing in all my games, some more noticeable than others. I don't like having V-Sync on and I don't know if GSync could be a solution, I have heard GSync works from 30hz to the monitors maximum refresh rate but I don't know if it is true.

This is explored in some detail in the review you've linked to. The whole point of G-SYNC is to eliminate tearing (VSync off) or stuttering (VSync on) from traditional frame rate and refresh rate mismatches. All Nvidia G-SYNC models go down to 30Hz on the hardware side, but you certainly don't want such pathetically low frame rates if you can help it regardless of that.
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What about screen tearing? Several sources say that you get screen tearing if your FPS is lower than the monitor refresh rate. I notice screen tearing in all my games, some more noticeable than others. I don't like having V-Sync on and I don't know if GSync could be a solution, I have heard GSync works from 30hz to the monitors maximum refresh rate but I don't know if it is true.

Would like to chime in on the screen tearing as I used to be victim of it for all my early gaming years till I understood why it happens. Your info is wrong, its actually the reverse of that, screen tearing mostly happens when your fps is HIGHER than your refresh rate. Your gpu is shelling out more frames than your monitor can cash so what looks like screen tearing is also just you monitor frame skipping to that frame you should be looking at.(obviously not the right analogy, I know)

the usual fix for screen tearing is V-Sync (laymen's terms; match fps with Hz of monitor) you would get similar and less of a performance hit, if you just cap your fps to the same Hz of your monitor.

Due note in some poorly optimized games, this wont make a difference.
Use some thing like Riva tuner or DxTroy to lock fps.
More fps than your monitor's refresh rate (hz) is not a good thing, all you're doing is causing your GPU to render frames you're never going to see, this increases heat and decreases life-span.

I play on a AMD R9 390 with a 96hz monitor, I have Riva tuner frame limit set to 96, even if I play something like Deus Ex Invisible War. if I dont do that my fps shoots up to 191, thats almost double the frames (95) my monitor can handle, I'm never going to see these wasted frames, whats the point of taxing my gpu to work on those 95 frames.

Of course G-Sync and Free-Sync work on the same "match fps with monitor Hz" rule.
Imo, use g-sync/free-sync instead of the frame limit mostly because I've never used them / have no exp in that area.
I only use the frame limit because my QNIX and previous Benq and Asus, did not have any of the new Sync techs.

Also, if youre getting erratic fps, if you lock it at 144fps, I would find a good middle ground and cap it there. like in PS2, if your fps keeps jumping from 71,65,78,84,86,95,89,90. Cap it at 80, you'll get a smoother experience than capping at 90, 70 is also good, but if you see 80s and 90s more often, capping at 70 would be lower than your fps avg.
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