144Hz vs 240Hz – Which is the best option?
With the introduction of higher refresh rates, we are starting to see more affordable 144Hz options but is it worth spending the extra cash on the higher refresh rate or is it impossible to tell the difference? In this article we will have a look at the added benefits of a 240Hz monitor and if there is any comparable difference between that and a 144Hz one.
What is refresh rate?
A refresh rate is simply the number of times the monitor refreshes the image on the page every second. The refresh rate is referred to as Hertz(Hz) and for example, a 60Hz monitor will refresh the page you see 60 times a second.
The higher the refresh rate means the more times the image on the screen will be updated and ultimately ends in a more responsive experience which is why competitive gamers generally prefer higher Hz monitors.
Things to consider before buying
There are some things to consider before you upgrade to the higher refresh rate and its largely down to your system specs and your budget.
It’s often recommended to have a GPU powerful enough to output frames at the same rate as your monitors refresh rate (144Hz from monitor + 144 FPS from GPU) in order to take advantage of a higher Hertz monitor. When people began to switch from 60Hz to 144HZ the difference was highly noticeable with gaming feeling much more responsive. The jump from 144Hz to 240Hz may not be perceptible to the eye but it for sure has an edge when gaming thanks to lower latency times.
If you have a lower spec GPU then gaming on a 240Hz could be considered overkill and your money could be better spent upgrading your card instead! On the other hand, if you are regularly outputting 240 frames per second on your favoured games then a 240Hz monitor could give you an edge just not as much as the jump from 60 to 144Hz.
Can you notice the difference?
As mentioned the difference is noticeable when upgrading to a higher Hertz monitor. It’s hard to put my finger on as the difference isn’t always apparent to the eye but motion feels fluid in all games. It’s a smoother experience just like when jumping from 60 to 144Hz only less noticeable. Lower latency means FPS gaming feels highly responsive and can certainly give competitive players an edge.
Is it worth it?
Firstly if you are considering upgrading your monitor make sure you have a decent GPU. If you’re rocking a 1080 GPU then going for a 240Hz monitor is a decent enough investment but bare in mind a fairly recent CPU would be a beneficial factor when buying a 240Hz monitor.
For the money you could save going for a 144Hz monitor is a really good choice and gives you pretty much similar response times for a lot less money. That being said if you can afford to buy a 240Hz monitor and your PC is a decent enough spec then go for it as it will only benefit you more.