Refresh Rates

Gaming Monitors

Refresh rate refers to the number of times
in a second a monitor can update.

Commonly referring to the “vertical refresh rate” or “vertical scan rate”, refresh rate refers to the number of times in a second a monitor can update what it is showing in a single, complete frame. Most commonly monitors are around 60 Hz, meaning they can refresh the screen entirely 60 times in a second. 3D monitors generally have the capability to display at 120 Hz and some of the newer monitors on the gaming scene offer 144hz (though not necessarily 3D too).

Frame rates (Frames per second)

Not really a technology but a key topic when talking about gaming, Frame rates refer to the number of times a complete frame can be rendered by your computer. Usually the higher the number of frames that can be produced the smoother your gaming experience will be, but you’ll need a higher refresh rate to truly take advantage of these higher rates.
There are desyncing issues that can become apparent when frame rates do not match refresh rates.