Does a Monitor Affect PC Graphics Performance?


Your monitor displays the information your computer sends to it one bit at a time. The monitor lights up tiny dots on the screen called pixels with differing degrees of intensity and shades of light to create the image you see. The limiting factor on your monitor's performance is usually the computer.


  • Monitors come in a variety of types, with CRT, LCD and plasma being the most common. While each has different abilities, none will affect your graphics performance.


  • The one part of your computer that most effects graphics performance is the video adapter, or graphics card, installed in your computer. Adapters with more random-access memory usually will perform faster.


  • A computer with a fast processor and a large amount of free memory usually will perform better graphically, limited only by the speed of the graphics card.


  • Your computer's graphics performance will increase visibly if you spend money to upgrade the graphics card, even if you keep an inexpensive monitor.


  • The physical size of your monitor has no effect on the graphics performance.

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