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Ok, so I am looking at a nice 1080p monitor and I am also hearing great things about 120hz LCDs for gaming. However, say that I'm playing a game and I get it past 60FPS.. OK good! It's beyond what my crappy 19" monitor can display and things feel smoother. But say that the game is now bouncing around the mid 80's for FPS.. will it look odd seeing a game that spikes between 60FPS to 120FPS at times?

I'm sure it's not as noticeable as 30FPS to 60FPS but we are also talking about a much faster refresh rate with a 120Hz monitor...

Maybe anything above 60FPS is not that big a deal? Or maybe 120Hz monitors are a bit of a hype up and meant for 3D more than anything else? (I'm not sure, that's why I'm asking)

But for gaming on a 120Hz LCD monitor, should I set my refresh rate to the average FPS in a game (85Hz) or just always leave it at 120Hz, and set it and forget it with these types of monitors?

I will most certainly need a better GPU if I'm going to go with a 120Hz LCD monitor @1920x1080, but I'm wondering if I will need to invest in tri-SLI or quad-SLI on some of the more intensive games to really make use of the monitors capabilities? Or will single GPU be enough, even if it jumps around from 80 - 120 at times?

Thanks
Edited by revlimiter - 4/22/11 at 5:06am
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post #2 of 42
You won't notice much of a difference, and I highly recommend a 120hz monitor even if you're not going to game in 3d.
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With GTX 570´s in SLI you are good to go for a 120 hz monitor.

I actually have a GTX 580 for my Alienware Optx AW2310 and in most games i play i get over 120 fps ,except crysis 2 (About +80 fps).

I you play metro 2033 you will need a SLI configuration if you want to use a 120 hz monitor.
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120 hz is very nice. When you set your desktop refresh to 120 hz, most games will match it. Always run it at 120 hz, even if you're only getting 85 fps.

Be sure to look at the reviews and get a monitor that has no input lag. My monitor has none but I think they're getting hard to find. There are others though.
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So for the spikes in framerate between 60FPS to 120FPS you won't notice much difference on a 120Hz monitor? Even in First Person Shooter games?
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Originally Posted by revlimiter View Post
So for the spikes in framerate between 60FPS to 120FPS you won't notice much difference on a 120Hz monitor? Even in First Person Shooter games?
I game @ 120fps in some games. When the frame rate drops from 120 to say 85 it is noticeable but not very. 120 to 60 is pretty noticeable but it inst bothering. When a game runs at 120fps solid its one hell of a smooth experience.
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Highly recommend 120hz .
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What cable to use on TV to EVGA gtx570 SC sli hookup ??
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lol its funny since lcds dont have a refresh rate they just emulate one to be compatible with the hardware that were used to work with crts and its electron gun
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I highly recommend the BenQ XL2410T, I got it myself and it's really awesome. Even if you don't have 120 fps all the time.
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