So you’ve probably all heard about the famous 144Hz refresh rate and how 144Hz monitors are the way to go now, but is the 144Hz refresh rate even worth it and should you spend more money on a 144Hz monitor than on a 60Hz monitor? Well the short answer to this question is that it really depends on what type of games you’re playing. Also note that this article also concerns monitors with a refresh rate above 144Hz, such as 165Hz monitors and 200Hz monitors.
If you are playing CS:GO then sure, you will notice a huge difference and it will undoubtedly increase your performance and shooting skills in this FPS game and other FPS games as well. The “144Hz” term means that the monitor refreshes the image on the screen 144 times per second, which is more than double as many times as standard “60Hz” monitors do. Now the real benefit for 144Hz monitors comes when you are getting more than 60 frames per second (FPS) in a game. If you’re getting 120FPS and you have a 60Hz monitor, the display will only display half of the frames while a 144Hz monitor will display them all. As far as Counter-Strike: Global Offensive concerns, the system requirements aren’t that high and you will easily get 144FPS and above.
The difference is unreal in these games and it’s even better if the monitor has Adaptive-Sync technology, such as FreeSync or G-SYNC. After trying a 144Hz monitor, you will have a difficult time to go back to a 60Hz monitor again, that’s for sure. If you can get a game all the way to 144Hz, then the improvement of Adaptive-Sync technology is tiny, but if you get a consistent, let’s say, 60FPS, then Adaptive-Sync technology will make the experience much better and smoother.
All in all, it’s really a subjective call. If you can get good graphics AND high frame rates, getting a 144Hz monitor is definitely worth the money. If not, it’s a call between high refresh rate and better graphics. One thing to have in mind though is that a gaming monitor is not something you replace often and a graphics card is. Your next GPU will most likely have better performance so you can push higher frame rates. Be sure to make the right investment. Most monitors are replaced every 4-5 years or so.