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High Refresh Rate monitors not worth it in the long run?

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Posted · Original PosterOP



I saw an article on notebookcheck.com that was talking about the value of high Refresh monitors.


Overall, in some cases the article suggested that in may in a better idea for people who intend to keep hardware for longer and who initially are buying on a budget. The reasoning is that whilst on the day of purchase a gaming rig will be able to play current games at high frames, in 2+years time that hardware may not be able to keep up and you'll have to adjust back to lower frames /refresh. 


As I am looking to purchase my first gaming rig (laptop) for which opportunities for upgraded will be pretty slim I wanted to ask what this forum thought of this reasoning?





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refresh rate has nothing to do with longevity, they're just better to use because they're smoother

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7 minutes ago, Mira Yurizaki said:

If gaming was the only thing you did on the computer? That might make sense. But in my case, I don't just play games or the games I play aren't always demanding and the high refresh rate is nice elsewhere.

Aye, hence the trend we're seeing in phones towards 90hz over 60. Even for nongaming uses, smooth is nice.


For gaming it really just depends on personal taste as with anything. With OP doing a laptop, if the goal is spending $1500 on a laptop and the user wants to play AAA titles as they release, probably not going to get much gaming-side use of the high refresh rate unless the user wants to sacrifice in graphics settings. For people more into esports stuff, playing a mix of new/old, or even just being in a higher pricing bracket where the hardware could theoretically keep up with doing AAA at high fps longer, the higher refresh rate can have a lot more longevity. I don't think there's much of a wrong answer, so much as just personal preference and values.

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Its just how things work with a laptop, you kinda stuck with it.

In PC if theres more demanding game, you just swap the GPU.

High refresh monitors is nice to have if you only games, and if you can afford the premium.

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Still using an old gpu and a high refresh rate monitor. I just turn down the settings. Thus it’s just like the day I got it all minus some details. But I’ll take the frames any day. 

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