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I don't understand something: If your monitor or HDTV is 60hz, are you limited 60fps?

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I don't understand this.

If you are using a 60hz monitor or HDTV for a monitor, are you limited to 60fps in games? What does 120hz allow you to do?
    
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well, therotically yes.. you are only seeing 60 frames per second max but that does not mean you are limited to 60 fps, as your computer can interpret more than 60 fps easy.

if you get a 120hz monitor, you see 120 frames per second which result in smoother pictures and games and it will be easier on the eyes.
    
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I don't understand this.

If you are using a 60hz monitor or HDTV for a monitor, are you limited to 60fps in games? What does 120hz allow you to do?
Yes, it will only show 60 FPS. On FRAPs for example, the FPS they show you ie: 250, is how many frames the GPU can render, not how many FPS the monitor can display.

120hz is another story. Read this internal guide.
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Refresh rate is the amount of times your screen refreshes itself. If your frame rate goes above it, screen tearing occurs because more frames are being output than the display can handle. The higher the refresh rate, the more frames it can handle without screen tearing. The human eye generally can't perceive more than 50/60Hz, usually anything lower will cause us to see flicker. I like a higher refresh rate usually because its easier on my eyes.
    
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post #5 of 33
Yes but no.

You're not limited to 60fps (I.E. there's nothing to stop your computer from pushing 300fps)... but the screen won't display more than 60fps.
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So if I bought this Insignia HDTV 120hz, hooked it up via hdmi, would I be getting true 120hz in games?

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Insignia...&skuId=9577326
    
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post #7 of 33
120hz helps reduce fast motion blurring (ghosting)
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Quote:
Originally Posted by wick001 View Post
So if I bought this Insignia HDTV 120hz, hooked it up via hdmi, would I be getting true 120hz in games?

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Insignia...&skuId=9577326
Does not appear so. There are very few True 120hz monitors on the market today.
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If you game, higher refresh rate is a considerable edge especially in shooters. Close in? The guy with the higher rate is much more likely to pwn. My trusty old Viewsonic CRT just recently died and dropping from 125Hz (same as maxfps cap on my favorite shooter, IoQuake3) to 60Hz has severely cramped my stats, not to mention my pride .
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post #10 of 33
Not to hijack your thread OP, but I have a question of my own:

Is there any point in getting a 120Hz monitor if your GPU can only render your games at... say... 61-119 FPS? I've been looking into this recently, but haven't been able to find an answer to this question.
 
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