A refresh rate is the number of times a monitor refreshes with new images every second. For example, a refresh rate of 60 Hz means updating the display 60 times per second.
A higher refresh rate leads to a finer image. Do not confound with the frame rate which measures how many different images are displayed in a second.
The refresh rate means the refresh of the same identical frames. To calculate this rate, you have to divide the scanning frequency by the number of horizontal lines.
For example, a display with a 1280 x 1024 resolution and 96 kHz as the horizontal scanning frequency will have a refresh rate around 89 Hz, 96,000 ÷ (1024 × 1.05).
If you are a gamer, you should look to buy monitors with higher refresh rates. At higher rates, everything appears smoother and more responsive.
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