It's been a topic of debate ever since the arrival of the first TFT monitor: is a 60 Hz refresh rate fast enough? For a long time it was nothing more than a theoretical discussion as LCD screens weren't capable of displaying more than 60 whole frames per second. A few years ago 120 Hz and even 144 Hz monitors began appearing, which reignited the discussion. These types of monitors tend to cost quite a bit more, so we set out to find out what the added value is in practice. Some people claim that gaming on a 120 Hz screen, which can display 120 frames per second, is a much nicer experience than on a 60 Hz screen.
We set up a controlled hands-on gaming session, where participants got to play on a 60 Hz monitor, and then on a 120 Hz monitor, or vice versa. The gamers were not told which one they were playing on.
With the assistance of AOC, ASUS and Tones.be, Hardware.Info organized an event on 29 June in which 50 gamers participated. Afterwards, each of them was asked to describe their gaming experience, without being told what refresh rate they had been gaming with.