Display Refresh Rates: 60Hz vs 120Hz vs 144Hz vs 240Hz


If you have to make choice between 120 and 140Hz displays, then go for 120Hz. 60Hz display found much inefficient for competitive gaming as it doesn't show the real time content. 240Hz display is 75 to 80% better than 60Hz panel.

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In this article, I am going to show you the difference between 60Hz, 120Hz, 144Hz, and 240Hz refresh rate displays. Here, I am going to show you the 2 videos which are enough to make you understand.

Difference in Character Movement

The difference in the refresh rates can only be compared by watching the movements of characters. See, the following video in which one solder is trying to pass and that moment is recorded by Sony RX10 II camera. For that, I thanks to WASD.ro.

60Hz vs 120Hz vs 144Hz vs 240Hz refresh rates display.

Here, in this video, you can see the columns. Though the columns cannot be used as reference to measure the smoothness. But, for the sake of better understanding, I will tell you the number of columns that the character will travel.

For low-refresh rate display, the column count will be higher. And it will be reduced as the refresh-rate will go higher.

So, In 60Hz refresh rate display, the character of game has traveled almost 4.5 columns/sec.

In 120Hz display, it has traveled almost 2 columns/sec. So, when compared to the 60Hz screen, this one is almost double better.

In 144Hz display, the columns traveled by the character was almost 2 columns/sec. To be frank, I couldn't find the difference between 120Hz and 144Hz by naked eyes.

In 240Hz display, the character was traveling almost 1 to 1.5 columns/sec.

So, based on the above data, 240Hz display shows more detailed content than 144Hz refresh-rate display. And, it's lower in 60Hz screen.

Now, look at the below second video. It will give you more clear understanding. In the below video by WASD.ro, there is a car moving from left to right. And, the comparison between 60Hz, 120Hz, 144Hz, and 240Hz displays are shown. And, I have explained the movement of bullet fired by the solder (at the end of video) in terms of columns it has traveled to show you more better and clear picture of refresh-rate difference.

Difference in Bullet's Movement

60Hz vs 120Hz vs 144Hz vs 240Hz refresh rates display.

Here, the movement of bullet was tracked by measuring the distance between two stops.

In 60Hz panel, the bullet has traveled exact 1 cm. And, the distance was reduced almost 55% in 120Hz panel. While testing 144Hz panel, I couldn't find any noticeable lag. And in 240Hz panel, the distance was reduced to almost 25 to 20%.

So, In 240Hz refresh-rate display, you still won't get a smooth picture when you sit at start to measure it. But, during gaming, its not noticeable.

So, that's the different between 60Hz, 120Hz, 144Hz, and 240Hz refresh-rate displays. If you have option for getting 120Hz panel at low price compared 144Hz panel at little high price, then I recommend going for 120Hz. As I couldn't find the noticeable difference between two closely refreshing displays.

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