FPS vs HERTZ

Written by Reedib Naskar

Confused Between FPS and HERTZ ?

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You must have heard about the terms FPS or HZ(HERTZ), and well it seems easy to understand, which it kind of is but there’s a bit more to that and so, allow me to explain it as briefly and easily as possible.

So in layman’s term, FPS is what the name itself suggests, Frames Per Second ; the amount of frames or frame counts that you get per second of a video clip, video games, video recording camera, etc. So the more the number of frames you get in lets say a video that you’re watching, the smoother it looks to our eyes. That means, any video that is playing at the rate of 60fps, will be smoother when compared to a video playing at 30fps or, a video game which you’re playing, will look smoother in 120fps when compared to a 60fps and so on. So basically, FPS is directly linked to the visuals that you’re watching on your screen, the higher, the smoother.

But you can only view higher FPS contents if your monitor or your phone or the device that you’re watching the video on, supports. For example; You can only watch or play video games at lets say, 120fps, only if your monitor can output that comfortably.

And here comes into play HZ or HERTZ, which means the amount of frames a particular device can output or show to you. So, if your computer monitor or your phone has lets say, 60hz display, then it can only show you contents or play games at 60fps maximum. Yes, you can push beyond that fps, especially while playing games, but you cannot really enjoy that because your screen can only show you up to a certain amount of frames. So, maybe you are playing a game and in the frames counter its showing 120fps and beyond. But you will only get to see or experience the real 120fps if your monitor is using an 120hz panel and so on.

So, i guess you now have at least a little bit of an idea of what FPS and HERTZ really means and how they are connected but also distinguished at the same time.

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