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Display Interface, fps vs Monitor Hz

General tips about your gaming setup.

Using the correct Display Ports and Cables
DisplayPort
HDMI
DVI-D (Dual)
DVI-I (Single)
Resolution vs Max Hz Chart

HDMI

DP

DVI

1.4

2.0

2.1

1.2

1.3

1.4

2.0

(Dual)

(Single)

HD 1080p (1920x1080)

144Hz

144Hz

144Hz

144Hz

144Hz

144Hz

144Hz

144Hz

60Hz

4K (3840x2160)

30Hz

60Hz

120Hz

60Hz

120Hz

120Hz

144Hz

8K (7680×4320)

120Hz

30Hz

60Hz

120Hz

10K (10328x7760)

120Hz

60Hz

16K (15360×8640)

60Hz

DVI-I / DVI-D / DVI-A

For HD @ 144Hz you need DVI-I or DVI-D (Dual Link)

For HD @ 60Hz you need DVI-I or DVI-D (Single or Dual Link)

DVI-A is analog only

DVI-D is digital only

DVI-I is both analog and digital, either can be converted to the old VGA interface via an adaptor if needed

Frame Rate (fps) vs Monitor Refresh Rate (Hz)

Firstly, they are not the same thing.  Frame Rate (FPS) is how many frames per second your GPU is sending to your monitor, whereas Refresh Rate (Hz) is how many times the monitor with refresh what you’re actually seeing. Basically, if you are running a game at 100 fps on a 60Hz monitor, you’re still only “seeing” 60 fps, the other 40 fps are lost.

 

Most gamers when purchasing an expensive graphics card for its 100+ fps will not give much thought to their monitor Refresh Rate (Hz). The same goes for what type of interface you choose; you are still limited by the Hz of the interface. See above table.