the response time measures how quickly a pixel can change from white to black or from one gray shadow to another. Therefore, a lower (or faster) response time on a monitor means that its panel can display the raster changes that occur in the image without distortion, lag, and indirect unwanted effects. However, a response time as low as 1ms may possibly be “too” low or not noticeable to the naked eye compared to other slower monitors … or not?
The advantages of a 1 ms (or less) monitor
The representation of moving images on the monitor screen is done by changes in the colors of the pixels, which is why the response time is extremely important for this. A longer response time can lead to indirect unwanted effects such as ghosting, a kind of trail left by objects as they move across the screen, and this happens because the pixels are not able to change color (or turn on / off) fairly quickly.
This obviously affects the smoothness of the picture, reducing distortion and improving the g aming experience. Now, it’s at a technical level where the benefits are more than obvious, but the discussion here is whether that is. is really something that the human eye detects or if with slightly higher response times the difference is not noticed.
Some users say that it is absolutely imperative that the monitor has a response time of 1ms (or even less) to have the best gaming experience, especially in the competitive environment, while many others say that 5 ms is more than enough. It should also be borne in mind that the specification of monitors is not always real; For example, a Dell U3419W monitor has a manufacturer-advertised GtG response time of 5ms, but the reality is that if measured by hardware, this response time goes up to 12ms.
Do you need such a fast monitor for gaming?
The answer to this question depends on each user and also on the type of game you play each time. For example, in a strategy game with isometric view where the camera is static for a long time, you will not notice a much higher response time than if you are playing a shooter or a driving simulator, where the camera is static for a long time. camera is constantly in motion.
What we mean by this is that whether or not you need a 1ms monitor or the like is a matter of perception. For example, the person signing these lines has a Dell U3415W monitor with 5ms advertised response time but 12ms actual response time, and at no time did I notice ghosting or other unwanted effects due to to the response time in any game (and look, I play practically everything). However, other people – especially those used to faster monitors – may notice a big difference.
Technically, it’s clear that a 1ms response time monitor is the best you can get, but it won’t necessarily give you a better gaming experience than a 5ms monitor, because that’s a question. perception of each username. . We therefore consider that the refresh rate is more important, that it has a real impact on the eyes, than a better response time. Now, if you can afford both, have no doubts that this will be the best (in other words, it is clear that the shorter the response time the better, but it is not something. which should become necessary to play).