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What is the difference between the 60 Hz and 60 Hz (NTSC) in the "Displays" section of "All Settings"?

asked 2016-09-13 21:36:41 -0500

newk0001 gravatar image

My question speaks for itself really but in case anyone that may be reading this is unclear as to what I am asking I will clarify a little bit. When you navigate to the setting window there is an icon under hardware that says Displays. When I click on it I can see various options for my native display. In the drop-down menu for the refresh rate of my monitor there are these options:

60 Hz / 60 Hz (NTSC) / 50 Hz / 50 Hz

What is the difference between 60 Hz and 60 Hz (NTSC)? Thank you to anyone who might help me understand this.

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answered 2016-09-14 12:48:34 -0500

NTSC 60 is just a tiny fraction of a Hertz less than 60 Hz (59.xxxxx Hz) and this was used with North American TV to avoid beating with the 60 Hz AC power (I believe?). Nearly all computer displays anyone will be likely to have today should work fine on 60 Hz so that NTSC 60 will mostly be an obsolete and unnecessary choice. Most LED based screens will work on both 60 Hz (North American) and 50 Hz (European) power systems.

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That clears it up WoodenBoatSailor! Thank you for that.

newk0001 gravatar imagenewk0001 ( 2016-09-18 16:41:45 -0500 )edit
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answered 2016-09-14 03:03:10 -0500

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A quick check at Wikipedia tells me that NTSC is the name of the standard used in the USA, among other places, for analog TV transmission. Thus, if you're using a monitor that can't handle digital signals, you probably need to use NTSC, but if it understands digital signals, you're better off using them.

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