Does Monitor Resolution Affect FPS? (Answered)

If you buy a good monitor or a good PC, the idea is that the frames per second (fps) should not be affected by the monitor. In most cases, it won’t have any real effect on the performance of the GPU from which the fps is dictated. Your monitor should run as normal and display the right fps when you set it up correctly.

Only when running a high resolution would it take slightly longer to render images on your monitor and affect fps!

This could lead to significant lagging and will often force you to drop the resolution on your monitor to make up for the resolution capabilities and have better fps while running a slightly lower resolution.

How Does A Monitor Affect FPS?

The general idea is that the monitor should not directly affect the fps of your device. However, each monitor will have a refresh rate. You might not know the refresh rate or find it on the box, but it could be indicated somewhere in the manual. You might even want to search your model on the internet to have it checked.

One of the ways your monitor could affect the fps is by way of having a low refresh rate. Even though the CPU and GPU of your PC are operating at peak performance, the display runs through the monitor. Since the monitor is the final piece of the puzzle, it could have an upper limit when it comes to the refreshing rate.

The upper limit would directly translate to that of your PC and limit the fps. One way that this could be overcome is by slowly dropping the resolution on your monitor when needed. With modern monitors, this unique issue is mostly experienced when moving past the 4K resolution and does not affect 1080p as much.

How Can You Increase FPS On A Monitor?

Since the resolution is responsible for how many pixels are contained within a single frame, it makes sense that having a higher resolution would affect the fps. Since the monitor needs to render more pixels for each of the frames you are displaying, it would take the monitor slightly longer to display the frame before moving to the next.

As mentioned, you can slightly reduce your resolution to something easier for your monitor to handle and this could allow the monitor and the PC to work in unison. It is always a balancing act, especially when it comes to gaming or online gaming. Having lags could significantly affect your games and overall performance.

How Do I Increase Resolution And FPS?

Since the resolution is only a minor part of the frames per second, you will need to look at the GPU of the PC. The idea is to have the GPU operating at peak performance since it is the main driving factor behind the fps. It is often a good idea to improve the GPU and check to see that there are no bottlenecks, this could allow you to increase the resolution on your monitor.


Striking the perfect balance between resolution and fps can be one of the most daunting things for someone to deal with. It might take you plenty of testing through trial and error to strike this perfect balance between fps and resolution. Let us know in the comment section which monitor you use to get the best performance!

This article was last updated on September 13, 2022 .

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