Can A Monitor Affect FPS? (Answered)

One of the most important factors for many gamers when setting up a PC is Frames Per Second or FPS for short. The Pc often directly attributes to FPS in the form of the CPU and GPU, which determine the FPS for any game or software you are currently running, but you might be wondering can a monitor affect FPS?

Yes, the monitor you use can affect FPS (frames per second) in certain circumstances. The refresh rate of the monitor, as well as the resolution and graphics settings of your computer, can all impact FPS.

A higher refresh rate and lower resolution can generally result in higher FPS, while a lower refresh rate and higher resolution can result in lower FPS. It’s also important to consider the capabilities of your graphics card, as it plays a key role in determining your overall FPS.

The monitor is mainly responsible for the display aspect and things like the resolution would be the most affected part when it comes to your monitor. Unfortunately, there are cases where a low-spec monitor could affect fps.

How Does The Monitor Affect FPS?

The refresh rate of your PC is mostly affected by the GPU and CPU of the system. Your GPU is mainly responsible for the graphic components on your PC and will do all the internal calculations that affect the image, which should be rendered next.

One way that a low-spec monitor could affect fps is by placing an upper limit on the fps generated by the GPU and your games. Essentially, the monitor is responsible for displaying everything that your PC should be capable of doing

When the monitor cannot display the frames at a fast enough rate, it could affect the display and refresh rate of games or programs you are running. In essence, it still does not affect the fps capabilities of your PC. You will only see what the display allows you to see when you are running the PC through a said monitor.

It should come down to the quality of your monitor, but it does not directly impact the performance of your PC. The monitor is only an accessory that plugs into the PC and enables it to display what you are currently viewing or doing with the PC. The only way you would notice any difference is if you have a very low-spec monitor.

Is FPS Affected By Modern Monitors?

Most modern monitors are designed to allow a PC to utilize the best possible frame rate. Even some of the cheaper, budget options would still allow a PC to run at the optimal FPS and ensure you don’t have any issues when it comes to your PC.

With the introduction of overclocking, you could even run the frame rate above the recommended level on the monitor. It should allow you to run almost any PC at any frame rate comfortably, without having to deal with any real issues.


If you have been wondering whether your FPS would be affected by the monitor, you can rest assured that it won’t have any effect in most cases. You would essentially need a very low-spec monitor, which most modern monitors exceed nowadays. However, if your monitor has affected your frame rate, we would love to see some of the comments in the comment section.

This article was last updated on December 18, 2022 .

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