Gaming Monitor Response Time

One of the most important things to make sure of when you set up a gaming rig is that your gaming monitor response time is up to par.

Not only is the response time of your gaming monitor important to your own response time, you will also feel a smoother gameplay, especially if you play games that are designed for fast motion such as first-person shooters.

In this article, we are going to talk about the most debated topics when it comes to buying a gaming monitor so you can choose yours before you purchase for your setup.

Why they matters: 60hz, 120hz and frames per second

Since 120hz monitors came on the market, there has been a lot of talks about whether you should choose it over 60hz monitors. Before we go deeper regarding that, we have to make sure that we are on the same page about what a hertz is.

Essentially, it is the measurement of the cycles per second, so it tells you how many times your monitor refreshes the information (images) during every second that passes. Technically, we can assume that a 120hz monitor is twice as fast compared to a 60hz monitor.

120hz monitor vs. 60hz monitor

When you compare the images that you see on a 120hz monitor to a 60hz monitor, it definitely feels a lot smoother and your eyes feel a lot more relaxed due to the fact that there is less information to process in the span of a second.

There is one thing that points to a fault with this: the frames per second (FPS). Depending on your graphics card, your processor can only process a certain number of frames in accordance with the images that your monitor can display.

Running at 30 frames per second

For example, you are playing a game that runs on 30 frames per second, and you have a 60hz monitor. This means that there are going to be 30 images that are going to be processed while the rate of images that are processed are 60 per second.

There is going to be 2 frames every 1/30 of a second. This not only results in a non-pleasant experience when you are trying to play high-paced games, you are also going to feel a lot more tension in the way that you focus on your screen.

Running at 60 and 120 frames per second

Now, if you have a 60hz monitor and you are playing a game that is running at 60 frames per second, you will not see any difference, even a slight one, above or below that value as long as your rig can maintain the speed at which all the images are being processed as well as refreshed.

If you run on a 120hz, you will barely notice a difference unless you are playing at 120 frames per second. This means that you have to make sure that your gaming PC can run at 120 frames per second, or anywhere close to that, before you can take full advantage of a 120hz gaming monitor.


As you can see, there are a lot of factors that you have to consider before you buy your gaming monitor.

Making sure that your entire rig can support the smoothness that you are trying to achieve is the very first thing that you have to keep in mind before you even think of your gaming monitor’s response time.

Not only will playing your games at a higher frame rate be a lot more awesome for you, it is going to be a skill booster since you get the images first before anyone else does, assuming that their rigs are slower than yours.