Reviving the Monitor Debate

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by jaz146, Nov 16, 2016.

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  1. Jake146

    Jake146 New Member

    Okay, so I can't decide which type of monitor to buy (and keep). I had a 21:9, 2560x1980, 60hz, 29 inch LG monitor. I felt that the screen was too short after playing on a 27 inch 1920x1080 60hz monitor. I bought an LG 34inch 3440x1440 75hz monitor overclocked to 80hz. I will say that I immediately noticed a HUGE difference by going from 60hz to 80hz. So now my mind is spinning again and wondering if I should give a 27 inch, 1440p monitor a try that is 144hz.

    I running a GTX1070 and mostly playing BF1, Titanfall 2, COD BO3/IW, and Civ 6.

    Will I see a significant jump from 80hz to 144hz? Now for the curve ball, what about a 34 inch at 3440x1440 but 100hz? Is there a difference from 80hz to 100hz? From 100hz to 144hz? Help please.
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  2. So I have a 144hz monitor and a 60hz screen on my razer. And to be completely honest, I can't tell much of a difference between 120FPS and 60FPS. I can run them both at high settings on my games, but I can't tell much of a difference on the hz. I DO notice it when something drops below about 50FPS, but that's about it. There's a lot of articles about this topic, stating that the human eye can't detect the changes above a certain level. 60FPS (or 60hz) seems to be a good spot to be at, with anything above that not much of a difference, at least for me personally.

    Now resolution differences, I can notice a difference. I don't care too much about 4k gaming, but I do like gaming at 2k. I don't like to go below 1080, but 2k seems to be a good sweetspot.

    To caveat this, everyone is different. I'm sure someone is going to come along and swear up and down they can tell a HUGE difference between 100hz and 144hz. But I can't, and I don't think the majority of people really can.
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  3. PT.Singer

    PT.Singer Jedi Master

    I don't think you should. If you felt the screen was too short going from a 27" 16:9 monitor to a 29" 21:9 monitor, then you're definitely going to be complaining about the vertical space going down to a 27 inch monitor again.

    Go with the 34" one at 100 Hz. You'll definitely see a significant jump in size, and you can sit further back from the screen if you want, saving your eyesight.

    As far as the 80 Hz to 100 Hz issue, it really is going to come down to the framerate that your graphics card can handle.
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  4. Jake146

    Jake146 New Member

    My thought is, would it be worth it for $500? The new monitor i just picked up and can still return is an LG 3440x1440 overclocke to 80hz. The next step would be the Acer Predator x34 (3440x1440 with 100hz). I don't think $500 is worth 20hz personally unless there is going to be some dramatic change.

    My system can definitely handle up to 144hz.

    I personally definitely saw a difference going from 60hz to 80hz. The game felt much smoother and reaction time felt quicker. I guess I'm just wondering if I am going to notice any further difference by going to 100hz or even 144hz.
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  5. PT.Singer

    PT.Singer Jedi Master

    So there's a $500 difference between the LG you have now and the Acer you're looking at? I personally wouldn't worry about it and just hang on to the LG. Spend that money on some other new Razer gear. ;)

    If you really want to know if it would make a difference to you, go to a store that has similar monitors, and look at some games on them. Let your eyes make your decision for you.

    Oh, and I just came across this review of a 240 Hz monitor by BenQ. Wow.
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  6. Remamian

    Remamian Well-Known Member

    There is a lot of mitigating factors and it specifically is a per-user basis for preference.

    Ultra-wide is more real-estate (higher resolution) at a 60-75hz
    High refresh (120-240) is great for fps and other similar games where that refresh might make any sort of a difference. The true thing to think about though is the little difference it makes is that enough for you? Do you have a system that can run those refresh numbers consistently?

    I'd rather be consistently at 60hz and have lots of screen space, than have less screen space and sporadically get up to 120/240hz.
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