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These two concepts can get confusing as they seem quite similar and are closely related.

If you have ever shopped for a TV or monitor, or bought a video camera or even just watched a movie, you will probably have come across these terms.

The simplest way to make a high-level distinction is to think of it this way.

  • When we talk about refresh rate we are referring to the display itself (e.g. your TV, monitor or smartphone screen).
  • When we talk about frame rate it is to do with the content as opposed to the display itself.

Refresh rate vs Frame rate

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