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March 7, 2012 5:54:52 PM

What is the minimum FPS needed so that graphics card capable of running games smoothly at 120Hz?

What about micro-stuttering effect at 120 Hz display?

Thank you in advance for the answers.
a c 105 U Graphics card
March 7, 2012 6:03:25 PM

would depend on the game. they are all different. some never reach high FPS but still run fine.
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a b U Graphics card
March 7, 2012 6:07:45 PM

A higher refresh rate on your monitor does not require a corresponding increase in framerate from your video card to look smooth.
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a c 125 U Graphics card
March 7, 2012 6:09:22 PM

120hz is 120 frames per second. To run games at that high FPS it takes a lot of power if you want highest settings. Generally anything around 50+ FPS looks very smooth.

Minimum framerates can look choppy, but if your minimum is over 40 you probably won't notice.
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March 7, 2012 6:12:06 PM

Suppose that using the same games (e.g. Battlefield 3) on a 120 Hz display, what is the minimum FPS that should be generated by the graphics card to be able to play games smoothly?
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March 7, 2012 6:15:10 PM

brightsmith said:
Suppose that using the same games (e.g. Battlefield 3) on a 120 Hz display, what is the minimum FPS that should be generated by the graphics card to be able to play games smoothly?


A smooth frame rate is a smooth frame rate, it doesn't matter if it's a 60hz or 120hz display. Why would 50fps be smooth on one display and not on another?
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a c 125 U Graphics card
March 7, 2012 6:17:27 PM

That is a subjective question and depends on both the person and the hardware. "Microstutter" is nearly unavoidable but also is not noticeable by everyone, so that's where hardware comes into effect.

Some people also find 30fps to be totally ok, some can't stand less than 50. Whatever the case, most people notice a difference in FPS more than the actual number. So if you go from 120 to 60 you might notice that 60fps drop, but if you go from 60 to 50 you probably won't be able to tell.

What is the point in asking these questions? Like I said, it's subjective. Depends on you and what you're willing to deal with.
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March 7, 2012 6:19:35 PM

brightsmith said:
What is the minimum FPS needed so that graphics card capable of running games smoothly at 120Hz?

What about micro-stuttering effect at 120 Hz display?

Thank you in advance for the answers.
High refresh rate just lets you see more FPS, in a 1:1 ratio (Hz:fps). i.e. you need 120 fps to get your all your money's worth. So it depends entirely on the game and video card combination.
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March 7, 2012 6:33:55 PM

brightsmith said:
Suppose that using the same games (e.g. Battlefield 3) on a 120 Hz display, what is the minimum FPS that should be generated by the graphics card to be able to play games smoothly?

Please refer to the part of this thread where I already answered that question.
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March 8, 2012 1:40:52 PM

Best answer selected by brightsmith.
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December 29, 2013 5:46:32 AM

Why do i need a monitor with 60hz minimun?
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