Best gaming monitors (and all the jargon explained)

refresh rate

Refresh rates are measured in Hertz (Hz) and indicate how many frames per second can be displayed and how many times per second the monitor can update the displayed frame.

Gaming monitors are typically 60Hz, 144Hz, or 240Hz, and – again – the GPU plays a big role as the backbone of the refresh rate. They work best in high-spec tandem.

Adaptive sync

If screen tearing (when your monitor displays information from multiple frames on a single screen) is the ailment, FreeSync and G-SYNC are the cures.

Most new gaming monitors come with one or the other, so it’s worth keeping an eye out for. AMD FreeSync adds no additional cost to the monitor’s base price (but is only compatible with AMD graphics cards), and NVIDIA G-SYNC costs more but is more powerful (again, only compatible with NVIDIA cards).

panel technology

TN (twisted nematic) and IPS (in-plane switching) technology rules the roost, and IPS is generally better, to put it simply. IPS panels offer better overall viewing angles, vibrancy, and more accurate color reproduction. However, panel technology is rarely given as much importance as the above specifications.

reaction time

This is one of the few cases where a lower number is better as far as specification goes. Pixel response time is measured in milliseconds (ms) and is important for smooth, blurry camera movement. A response time of 1ms is the best available (but the difference between 1ms and 4-6ms is barely noticeable).

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/gaming/guides/best-gaming-monitors-2019-jargon-explained/ Best gaming monitors (and all the jargon explained)


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