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June 12, 2014 7:21:33 PM

Hey guys,

I am looking to make a purchasing decision on a new GPU and I want to know what frame rate I should try to establish. I currently have a 1080p 60Hz monitor with an HD6870 and play new AAA games like Watch Dogs. Should I be shooting for 60 fps, maybe half of that, what is your take?

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June 12, 2014 7:22:07 PM

60 FPS for a 60Hz monitor. Adjust detail settings accordingly, but be aware that sometimes you will have dips below that. I'm perfectly fine with 50-55FPS but if it drops below that I start turning down things, starting with anti-aliasing.
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June 12, 2014 7:27:01 PM

I usually start with 60 frames, and I try and keep it around there. For extremely demanding games, such as Watch Dogs I would consider a complete minimum of a stable 45, and I would do whatever and try to keep it anywhere higher from that.

But my complete limit would be the lowest of low settings, I'm not a fan of turning down resolution.
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June 12, 2014 7:34:45 PM

fr0stdude said:
Alright so bottom line I should be matching the refresh rates with the framerate? 120Hz = 120 FPS, 60Hz = 60 FPS


That's the goal. 120Hz/120FPS is extremely hard to do.

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June 12, 2014 7:34:53 PM

Alright so bottom line I should be matching the refresh rates with the framerate? 120Hz = 120 FPS, 60Hz = 60 FPS
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June 12, 2014 7:42:29 PM

damric said:
fr0stdude said:
Alright so bottom line I should be matching the refresh rates with the framerate? 120Hz = 120 FPS, 60Hz = 60 FPS


That's the goal. 120Hz/120FPS is extremely hard to do.



Awesome thanks for the help!
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June 12, 2014 7:47:33 PM

fr0stdude said:
Alright so bottom line I should be matching the refresh rates with the framerate? 120Hz = 120 FPS, 60Hz = 60 FPS


FPS = Frames per Second.

Hz = Refresh Cycles per Second.

Easy to remember.



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June 12, 2014 7:48:53 PM

I personally prefer to play the game at a minimum 30 fps, depending on the game up to 60 fps. I have a 60 hz tv that I use for a monitor and my system can handle whatever right now. I like to see how the little particles and PhysX, and am willing to take a hit to a degree on fps to keep the pretty stuff, but not less than 30 fps. Honestly I don't know of any game that I have come remotely close to 30fps on though, luckily.
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June 12, 2014 7:50:10 PM

Yeah below 30FPS is when most people really notice. Hard to imagine but some old games like Diablo II were capped at 25FPS :D 
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June 12, 2014 7:56:54 PM

So what is the point at keeping it on 60 if you won't notice the difference between 30 and 60 ;P
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June 12, 2014 8:00:59 PM

fr0stdude said:
So what is the point at keeping it on 60 if you won't notice the difference between 30 and 60 ;P


I notice. Also my rig so uber that I have no minimum FPS, ONLY MAXIMUM FPS :p 

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June 12, 2014 8:02:45 PM

fr0stdude said:
So what is the point at keeping it on 60 if you won't notice the difference between 30 and 60 ;P


It depends on the person. Some can see the difference, other can't. Same as some can tell a difference between 720p and 1080p, and others can't.
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June 12, 2014 8:06:21 PM

Hmm I guess I will have to try it out and see for myself in that case (:
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June 12, 2014 8:12:02 PM

fr0stdude said:
Hmm I guess I will have to try it out and see for myself in that case (:


Really that's what you need to do. You want the most detail settings but with an FPS comfortable for you, and only you can judge that.

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June 12, 2014 8:19:58 PM

damric said:
fr0stdude said:
Hmm I guess I will have to try it out and see for myself in that case (:


Really that's what you need to do. You want the most detail settings but with an FPS comfortable for you, and only you can judge that.



Definitely agree. I would suggest trying various setting in whatever games you are playing, changing AA, particles, etc to see if you can tell a difference while also keeping an eye on the fps. That way you can hit the sweet spot for you.
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