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Monitor Refresh Rate and Video Card perfeormance

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Exiler

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Does the refresh rate really matter for a Video Card?

For example, I have a Geforce 2 MX card and my monitor refresh rate is 70 Mhz (Thats the MAX I can go, its 4 years old), if I had a new monitor with say 100 Mhz at 800X600, will that improve a game speed or something?

Also does anyone know if the Geforce 2MX card or any new card needs a certain Minimum Refresh rate to work?

Will lower refreh rate cause stutter in the game?
 

unixadm

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When you think refresh rate, don't associate it with 'system performance'. The refresh rate is the rate at which the screen is refreshed. The slower it's refreshed, the more obvious it is. For example, take a 21" monitor and refresh it at 60hz, and you'll see obvious flicker. Refresh rates are primarly dependant on the user of the system. For example my eyes are extremely sensitive to refresh rates, and if the refresh rate is not 85hz or higher, I can see flicker in monitors . Some people can live all day long at 60hz without noticing a thing. However if you place me in front of a 60hz monitor I'll be screaming for mercy. I work in the IT field, so there are days when I have to go help a user with their computer, and I ask them.. don't you see the flicker.. they reply "nope". Typically a refresh rate that is higher than 85hz is simply over-driving the monitor as you can't perceive the flicker. If you're happy with your monitor and it's display is clean and flicker free, save your $$$.
 

Yomama

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unixadm (Apr 30, 2001 10:30 p.m.):
When you think refresh rate, don't associate it with 'system performance'. The refresh rate is the rate at which the screen is refreshed. The slower it's refreshed, the more obvious it is. For example, take a 21" monitor and refresh it at 60hz, and you'll see obvious flicker. Refresh rates are primarly dependant on the user of the system. For example my eyes are extremely sensitive to refresh rates, and if the refresh rate is not 85hz or higher, I can see flicker in monitors . Some people can live all day long at 60hz without noticing a thing. However if you place me in front of a 60hz monitor I'll be screaming for mercy. I work in the IT field, so there are days when I have to go help a user with their computer, and I ask them.. don't you see the flicker.. they reply "nope". Typically a refresh rate that is higher than 85hz is simply over-driving the monitor as you can't perceive the flicker. If you're happy with your monitor and it's display is clean and flicker free, save your $$$.

So I guess you are not watching much TV? :)

Yo
 

Vovan

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unixadm (Apr 30, 2001 10:30 p.m.):
When you think refresh rate, don't associate it with 'system performance'. The refresh rate is the rate at which the screen is refreshed. The slower it's refreshed, the more obvious it is. For example, take a 21" monitor and refresh it at 60hz, and you'll see obvious flicker. Refresh rates are primarly dependant on the user of the system. For example my eyes are extremely sensitive to refresh rates, and if the refresh rate is not 85hz or higher, I can see flicker in monitors . Some people can live all day long at 60hz without noticing a thing. However if you place me in front of a 60hz monitor I'll be screaming for mercy. I work in the IT field, so there are days when I have to go help a user with their computer, and I ask them.. don't you see the flicker.. they reply "nope". Typically a refresh rate that is higher than 85hz is simply over-driving the monitor as you can't perceive the flicker. If you're happy with your monitor and it's display is clean and flicker free, save your $$$.

By the way, medics recommend refresh rate be higher or equal to 75!
 

o770

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Apr 26, 2001
yes, monitor refresh rate do matter when rendering images on screen.
if youre going to play a game which the images pass very fast on the monitor screen low refresh rates will cause them not to be showed smoothly. the video card may is rendering fine but the monitor cant show properly. i think u can notify that well changing from the 70Hz to 60Hz. Most of these games r racing ones. if u have 3DMark installed u will notify the differences too.
Also, lower refresh rates can decrease games image quality, if that concerns u try enabling the "vertical sync" on the advanced video properties if you use detonator3 or similar other driver - but keeps 70Hz cuz its already low. i would recommend u to disable vert sync and to set 3 frames for the CPU to pre-render, also keeping 70Hz vertical refresh rate.
good luck.