What is Input Lag: The Breakdown

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When playing video games (or even using the computer), input lag can be a hindrance and can affect how these tasks are performed. This phenomenon started to get a lot of press when the Xbox 360 and Playstation 3 came out in 2005/2006, due to these systems pushing the HDTV adoption rate in the common home. Consumers were happy with the increase in picture quality and resolution they were receiving from these televisions, but it came at a price known as input lag. Still to this day, a lot of people don’t realize its there and how it can affect your enjoyment in these applications.

 

What is input lag?

Quite simply, its the delay between a button press on your controller and what results on the display. The amount of delay varies between different displays (and is one of the reasons this website was founded, to fight this ignorance), and it can be very hard to detect without lots of experience. Its also something that wasn’t easy to measure, due to the complications of old methods. Thankfully, we have a new method that simplifies this process.

 

How does it affect me?

Ever played Call of Duty, Halo, or maybe Street Fighter online? If you have, you probably know what a laggy connection feels like. But that’s not all that’s in play here. This feeling is amplified because of your display as well! Games like Call of Duty and Halo use netcode that hides input lag so your inputs stay responsive, but if there is lag, it affects what happens on the screen (other players jerking around, teleporting, frames dropping, etc), whereas a game like Street Fighter 4 causes input lag if the connection is laggy (this game has to keep frames v-synced due to the nature of the game). Imagine if Call of Duty or Halo had input lag on top of the de-syncing that occurs due to laggy connections. Not only are you having trouble keeping up with the action warping around the screen, but your controller is not responding as accurately as it should. Street Fighter 4 can nearly double or triple its input lag because of a bad display. A fighting game needs to have instant response times to react and execute combos. Now imagine variable input lag from a bad internet connection, and fixed input lag from a bad gaming display. Sounds horrible right? That combo that you would normally execute on an excellent display is now twice as hard to do on a bad display. That’s before we even set foot online with its variable connection tendencies.
 

 

Can I do anything to stop input lag?

If you already have a poor gaming display, there are some steps you can take to reduce input lag. I wrote a short guide on how to enable “Game Mode” on some of the major television brands. However, this doesn’t always produce the results you want. If you’re stuck in this situation, you will have to buy a new display that suits your needs. The biggest problem when choosing a display is how much you’re willing to compromise.

The best gaming displays are usually lower end monitors that aren’t designed for picture quality in mind, but they have the best input response and are ideal for playing games. If you want something nicer like a big HDTV, you are sacrificing some responsiveness for more features and a big screen. Thankfully, you aren’t sacrificing much when it comes to some HDTVs. Please refer to Display Lag’s grading scale, and check out the database for HDTVs with a GREAT rating. These HDTVs will suit almost all of your gaming needs, unless you plan to compete in video game tournaments. EXCELLENT displays are suited for that application. I currently use an ASUS monitor for competitive gaming, and a Samsung HDTV for my regular watching and casual games.

 

What causes input lag?

There are a variety of factors, but these are the most common ones:

  • Source resolution being different from the native display resolution

    (EXAMPLE: setting a Playstation 3 to 720p on a 1080p display)

  • Expensive image processing such as dynamic contrast and motion interpolation

    (EXAMPLE: enabling “Auto Motion Plus” on a Samsung HDTV)

  • Using the display’s scaler to convert interlaced images to progressive

    (EXAMPLE: connecting a Nintendo Wii with composite cables to a HDTV)

Try to adjust these settings on your display and see if it helps with the responsiveness!

Hopefully upon reading this article, you gained a little more insight on how a display can affect your gaming performance. Feel free to comment below if you have any questions or concerns. Remember, don’t forget to check out the input lag database to see over 200 screens tested for input lag!

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Adeel Soomro

Adeel Soomro, also known as "Four Wude", has been a competitive Street Fighter 4 player since 2008. Using his extensive gaming experience on a casual and professional level, he aims to spread the awareness of input lag existing in today's displays. Having tested over 300 displays for input lag, he hopes that DisplayLag will aid gamers around the world when purchasing the best HDTV or monitor for gaming.

186 Comments

  1. Good day!
    I’d wish to replace my current HDTV instead of a Short-Distance Active 3D Projector such as BENQ W1080ST in my reading room, after get to know the display latency, i am worrying about that, will you guys plan to test the projectors?
    This is a really good sharing site.

    • Display Lag

      Appreciate your interest in the site! I haven’t pursued projectors yet, however I have received several requests to grade them. If I can start grading projectors, you will definitely see them on the site!

  2. Thank you so much for doing all this work! I’ve been telling my family about the “lag” on our expensive TV’s and how different the ancient TV responds on Halo. As usual, I was right. Your web site proves it!

    Now to bask in the light of greatness and to rub it in with my family members. And perhaps buy a small cheap TV with the guidance of your excellent research and generous sharing!

    THanks, dude!

    • Display Lag

      Thank you for the kind words! It’s always good to have hard evidence for anything! When they’re ready to upgrade their HDTV, make sure you tell them to look at my database haha!

  3. Good day! Mr.Display Lag,
    Thanks for your reply.
    I have found more specification data on Projector Central, there was an interesting sentence pasted below:
    “Input lag. Like the W1070, the W1080ST measured a zippy 24ms (1.5 frames) of input lag using a 1080p signal over HDMI. That’s fast enough for most gamers and not far from our best-ever measured time, which stands at 17ms (1 frame).”
    So, it could be marked as “Great” in this site i think, totally enough for me.

    • Display Lag

      If you’re planning to buy it, give it a shot and let me know how it goes! In the mean time, I will try to gather test results for projectors when I get the chance.

  4. I plan on buying the #1 monitor ASUS 27″. This should give me high quality due to the HDMI, and no delay during FPS games due to the low input lag correct?

      • And what about the 40 inch Samsung, has a “great” rating and has 24ms. I’m currently on a 55 inch projector tv with no hdmi but there is no type of input lag, would the difference be that significant?

        • FourWude

          It depends on what kinds of games you play. If you play fast paced games like fighting games or rhythm games, then I recommend going with the ASUS 27″. Every other game will be fine on the Samsung 40″.

  5. Benje TradeMark on

    Hello.
    im currently in the market for a new gaming tv. obviously my first choice the Sony KDL802A, but it doesnt appear to be available in Australia. what the stores do have in abundance is the KDL800A. Any idea what the difference may be?

    Also, refresh rate, does that affect input lag? some tvs ive seen offer 200hz, is that a benefit at all?

    • FourWude

      Unfortunately, I’m only able to test displays from North America presently. I’d like to say that the 800A is the same HDTV, but I cannot say it with total confidence. A lot of factors can change the lag rating. Refresh rate doesn’t really determine input lag, however most higher end HDTVs have more input lag due to image processing, which tend to be 120hz/240hz displays. The refresh rate will allow for better reproduction of 24p movies and in some cases, will allow for smoother picture.

  6. ShwigBagNigNag on

    thanks a lot man. I feel like there is no other site out there willing to help out with this input lag disaster. You have helped me out a lot with your input lag database. hopefully the sony kdl 47W802A is as excellent as you say. 🙂

    • FourWude

      My pleasure, I really hope this site helps everyone with their purchasing decisions. Input lag is definitely something that has been swept under the rug for far too long. 🙂

    • FourWude

      Yes, that HDTV should be fine for the majority of your gaming. It’s nowhere near as bad as the 75ms that the ST60 has, so give it a shot!

    • FourWude

      It would be hard to say, as I haven’t tested any HDTVs that old. However, there’s a good chance the HDTV has some lag in it.

    • FourWude

      Yes, you should have no problems with input lag with the L1350U series. The 39″ specifically tested at 30ms of input lag, which is very low based on my grading scale.

  7. Will you test the LG HDTV 47cs570? I have it and i got some input lag somewhere like 30ms. At least anought to anoy me when i play Super Mario world or any fluid platformer from snes with my pc connected to it.

  8. Hey I have the lg 60lm7200. you rate it great but its very laggy on game mode for some reason. why do you think that is? and how do you think it will do on the xbox one?

    • FourWude

      That’s really odd, it shouldn’t be that noticeable. How did you select game mode, through the picture settings? Also, did you try updating the firmware to the latest version?

      • Yeah I selected it through the picture setting. I think that’s the only way I can pick it and yes Its updated to the latest version

  9. Have you tested the UN65F9000AF? I see you have tested the UN75ES9000, and i was wondering if the UN65F9000AF is better or worse than the 75?

  10. Daniele Colamartini on

    how much input lag on the SAMSUNG UEF6500SD?
    in your table (excellente/great/ok) where it is?
    for gaming is good?

    • FourWude

      I don’t have UE models, but based off the UN models, I’m very positive it will be somewhere between 30-40ms. So it would more than likely be rated “great” on my table.

  11. Please test the Samsung UN65F9000AF I see that I am not the only one that would like to see the result of the Samsung. I know from early source’s (2008) Samsung and Mircosoft worked together to improve their Gaming Mode on their sets. I don’t know if this still hold true today. Thank you for your latest update on the Sony XBR’s.
    By the way this is a note for all consumers that are looking at the 55 and 65 inch XBR65X850a. Before you buy, ask the retailer to show the end credits to any movie. What you will see will surprise you. I know it surprised me and saved me $4.500. During the end credits to Avatar. I notice that the credits where flickering while all the sets around the XBR were super smooth as they scrolled up the screen. The mgr and the magnolia rep were very surprised as they were seeing the same thing I was. So they pulled another TV and ran a separate Blu Ray player and HDMI to the new set and it had the same problem. I am not sure why this is happening but we tried many different modes on the TV and the only one that improved the flickering was Sport mode. Needless to say I am back in the market for a low input lag 65inch 4k TV. Thank you so much.

  12. Can someone help me decide between the Sony KDL-55W905 and the Samsung UE55F8000? I watch a lot of HD films and TV shows so picture quality needs to be great. I will also be gaming quite a bit via PS4 (Games like Call of Duty/Battlefield etc.).

    I know the input lag for the Sony TV is literally half of the Samsung. The sony is about 19ms and the Samsung is around 40ms.

    • FourWude

      I would definitely recommend the W900A, as it has excellent picture quality and an extremely low input lag rating for HDTVs in its class. I highly doubt you will be disappointed.

  13. How come the Benq GW2450 is rated at 13ms and TFTCentral rates it at 6ms? I noticed they use a program called SMTT, which method is more accurate?

    • FourWude

      The method used on this website is newer and measures the total lag of a display, meaning input lag + response time. So the values returned by the lag tester will almost always be higher than values returned by SMTT.

  14. HI there! I really want to purchase the Panasonic ST60, but I do a minimal and sometimes moderate amount of gaming on PS3 and Wii. I generally play things like Tomb Raider, Mario Bros, Katamari, God of War, Wii sports, etc. I never play online, and rarely play any 1st person shooter games.
    Am I the kind of low-level gamer that can get away with the ST60? Will even I notice the lag?
    Thanks in advance for your advice here!

  15. I love your site, wish I checked before I bought. I wanted a big gaming tv but didn’t consider input lag. I found my samsung pn-60f5300 on here, 43 ms. But I can’t find the sony kdl-60r520a results. You have the 550a (31 ms) which i believe is the same tv but with 3D. My gf loves the smart functionality of the sony, but if it is 31 ms, I want to switch the tv’s and use the sony for gaming. What do you think? Would the input lag be the same on the 520a as the 550a? If it is, is 31 ms compared to 43 ms a big enough difference to make the move from my samsung to the sony?

    • FourWude

      Yes, I think the 550A will have similar input lag ratings to the 520A. As for the difference between the F5300 and 520A, I don’t believe it will make a large enough difference to make a switch. It really depends on the types of games you play though.

  16. Hello, im debating on buying a LG LED tv, its a 55″. The model number is 55ln5310. I cant seem to find anything anywhere online for it though it does seem to be similar to the 55ln5400 series. Would you know if this is a decent hdtv for games like call of duty and such? Thanks!

  17. awesome site! have you ever investigated input lag effects from HD PVRs? just curious because I use an el gato to record my CoD gameplay and I often wonder if it adds input lag. thanks!

  18. Ruddy Brenes on

    Hello!! I have some questions for you about lag.. what is the best way to connect an xbox 360 to my monitor ( BenQ Gaming Monitor RL2455HM ), via HDMI or DVI? What resolution is the best to use depending on the connection? this questions are to avoid offline lag in SSF4 AE and KOF XIII!! thanks in advance!!

    • FourWude

      I personally recommend using 1080p through an HDMI connection for the Xbox 360. I don’t notice any issues with timing using these settings. It’s usually better to have the console do the scaling as opposed to the display.

  19. Did you test some monitor using the good old VGA D-SUB connection and then comparing it with its DVI/HDMI connection? Is there any difference?

    Thanks a lot for this site!!!

    • FourWude

      Unfortunately, I can only test via HDMI using my equipment. Having conversion may result in additional input lag, and would skew results. Though, if a display has low input lag via HDMI, there is a good chance it will have the same performance via VGA as well.

  20. Logsin Gujin on

    Hello! Thank you for this awesome site :). Im interested in LG’s LB6500 tv’s and have seen that you have them in your database. 50″(27ms), 55″(23ms) and 60″(30ms) im wondering why the input lag are not consistent? Even tho they are same model just size differences.

    Im interested in the 42″ one, which is available where i live(Australia) and am worried about its input lag because of the inconsistency of its family. Do you suppose it would be closer or less or more than 23ms? Thank you :).

    • FourWude

      Different sizes can sometimes use different panels, there isn’t really a set reason as to why this happens. The majority of displays that I have tested tend to be rather consistent with readings, but there are a few oddballs in the mix.

      With that said, you shouldn’t have any issues between 23-30ms. They should feel almost identical, as 1 frame is 16.67ms. Feeling one frame of lag is very difficult in itself. As long as they are in a similar lag range, don’t worry too much about the differences between the sizes. Hope that helps!

    • FourWude

      Most of the time, input lag should be consistent between resolutions. The main reason for lag is usually image processing, which is fixed regardless of resolution, unless you enable game/PC mode.

  21. Hi Adeel, I have a quick question regarding input lag vs. image quality I want to ask if you have the time! Basically, I am planning to get a HDTV for mainly movie watching and playing console games. I have my eyes set on the sony kdl-42w700b, because it has a very low input lag and an excellent rating on this site. I am worried however, if the reason the sony TV has such a low input lag is because it is cutting corners or compromising on image quality to get such a low input lag time. I am not a professional gamer (more so casual playing online FPS on my spare time), so I care a lot more about the TV having good image quality and ps4 games looking really nice on the set. Can you please give some insight into this? I just want to know if image quality is not sacrificed on the sony. Thanks a lot!

    • FourWude

      From my experience, image quality isn’t drastically affected with the game mode in Sony displays. Yes, the difference is noticeable, but it won’t make your HDTV look horrible. If you’re not professional or serious with your gaming, I recommend trying the HDTV without game mode and see how you like it. At least you know that it’s competent in game mode, so if the lag is truly unbearable, there is the option to reduce it.

      • Thanks for the reply! I am more confident now in my decision to buy the kdl-w700b. However, would you happen to know another HDTV that doesn’t skimp too much on image quality in game mode? I totally wouldn’t mind extra input lag knowing that the reduction in image quality in game mode is lesser than that of the kdl-w700b. I don’t really have a way of testing this out myself, but knowing you have tested a plethora of HDTVs puts my mind at ease . I remember reading somewhere on this site that you use a Samsung HDTV for good image quality and a monitor for gaming. Can you let me know what model Samsung you have? Thanks so much again for the advice!

  22. Mohammed Bouhamdi on

    does the input lag only affect your latancy while playing online or its always there depending on your monitor , im having troubles with playing ss4 online , can never play with anyone with the lag i got, i play other games with no problem such as CoD , thanks for the helpful post

  23. Hi: What is the input lag of the LG lb6500 when it’s not on pc label mode? Its still great? Thanks.

    • FourWude

      Unfortunately I haven’t tested projectors just yet. Will see what I can get my hands on, as projectors are heavily requested.

  24. Gregory Cotto Gt diamondxObey on

    Hi i’m a little new to this, i see the lowest it shows is 9ms. How come some ASUS monitors and BENQ monitors are 1ms-2ms?

    • FourWude

      The 1-2ms is response time. That is advertised by manufacturers, however input lag is not. My database will show 10-11ms for most ASUS and BenQ monitors on the market. The difference between 9ms and 10ms cannot be felt, so honestly, choose the monitor that suits your needs. What features are you interested in from BenQ?

      • Gregory Cotto Gt diamondxObey on

        I am interested in the low blue light feature with no flicker in the background that can bother my eyes. I heard their monitors doesn’t have as great angles , picture clarity, and color as the Asus does though . Asus i really love the look and picture as I see on Youtube i just dont want it to bother my eyes, between style, look and colors i would choose the Asus any day though.

  25. I’m looking to upgrade my Samsung LN52A860 with the primary reason of improving input lag. I’m def a Samsung fan after having this set but not knowing what it’s input lag is, I have no way of knowing if the set I’m looking at is better. I’d like to grab the new UN65H8000 but am worried the 36ms might not be enough of an improvement? I’m very competitive but don’t plan on ever getting to tournament level, I just want to feel like I’m on a level playing field. Any chance you know the numbers for the LN52A860 or can put me at east with the UN65H8000 as my next purchase?

    • FourWude

      I think you will be fine with any HDTV between 20-30ms of input lag. The excellent category is mainly for those that value input lag the most. It’s very hard to notice lag till you’re above 30ms, even for some time-sensitive games. I wouldn’t know the numbers for your current set, however the H8000 series seems to be around 40ms. What kinds of games do you play?

  26. Hussam BA-HUBESHI on

    does it happen suddenly? cuz i started noticing a minor frame skipping whie i am watching movie on my led tv through my pc connected via hdmi, the same problem occurs while playing xbox360 also connected via hdmi. p.s this problem wasnt occurring before, it just happened over night .

  27. Hi! I am looking for the best HDTV for fighting games and found that the KDL-47W802A is the best there is with 17ms.

    In Brazil I can only find the 805A. I can’t find what the differences are between the KDL-47W802A vs KDL-47W805A.

    Do you guys have any idea?

    Thank you for your time

    • Four Wude

      If I had to take a guess, I am sure it’s just a regional difference. I have yet to test a Sony HDTV in the past year that was poor with display lag.

    • So, how did things turn out for you? Bought that TV? Do you feel any input lag using it?

      I’m uneasy trying to guess whether our TVs models are really just a regional difference based on a similar model name. As far as I know, they’re series according to the W and the number. So W802 series, W805 series and so on.

      • Great! It is really just a change in the name for region control. Fighting games work great with this tv, as mentioned in the review. I bought it from efacil. It was the only website that had a new one in stock. I managed to find a used one on bomnegocio also. Hope this info helps you out.

  28. Hi FourWude! Thanks for your amazing service to the gaming community!

    I’m currently in the market for a new TV, and the database has been really helpful. My question is regarding the similarity in lag between different TV’s in a series. As an example, I was looking at the LG 50PB6650, as there’s one on sale in my local area. I checked the database, and while that model isn’t listed, you do have the 60″ model (60PB6600), which was listed at 71ms. Obviously, I wouldn’t want that (I’m also a fighting game player), so I wanted to know: does that lag more-or-less carry over to other sizes of the same series? And is that the case with most brands? Having a better understanding of this aspect would make the database even more useful for me. 🙂

    • Four Wude

      Glad the site has been helpful Andrew! As far as your question is concerned, I’ve found that most sizes in the same model range tend to have very similar input lag values across the board. Exceptions have only occurred in the most rare situations.

  29. I think that testing 4K devices with a 1080p/60Hz input gives misleading results.
    I was wondering if you can provide measurement with true 2160p input.

    I recently tried a few 4k TVs (LG; Samsung; Hisense; Seiki) at 3840×2160@30Hz (HDMI 1.4) and i notice that the lag is uniformly bad — in the range 100 to 270ms. Some (not all) of these devices have much better lag when driven at 1080p; I cannot say if the lag seems lower just because of running at twice the frame rate. Any comments/experience to share ?

    • Four Wude

      I’d definitely love to post numbers with native 4K testing, however I don’t have the means to do so. There is a chance that scaling 1080p to 4K can introduce some latency, however there isn’t a way for me to verify it. I figured that it’s best to post the numbers that I can, instead of not posting them at all.

      Input lag is most certainly affected by frame rate. Some 4K TVs have a 30hz cap, as you need HDMI 2.0 to send a native 4K/60hz signal. Running a source at 30hz will give you twice the input lag of a 60hz source. The same TV might have 100ms+ input lag when using a 4K/30hz signal, and achieve half of that latency with a 1080p/60hz signal. Input lag decreases as frame rate increases.

  30. Hello, Four Wude! I’m looking into getting a new TV, and I am interested in the Samsung UN65HU8700FXZA Curved TV, but I am concerned about input lag, and I can’t find any info on this model yet. I’m not sure if it’s because it’s a newer TV, but do you have any info on this model? The image quality is fantastic, but I may go with something else if the input lag is horrible. Any help would be greatly appreciated! Thanks!

    • Four Wude

      Unfortunately, I don’t have any information on this specific mode. Samsung’s 4K HDTVs should be around 40ms of input lag, once updated to the latest firmware. I’m not sure if this is the case with the HU8700, but there is a good chance!

  31. Edrick grullon on

    Hi , Thanks for your Work and for sharing your knowledge on this topic. I want an HDTV rated excellent, only Toshiba ,and Sony Are in this list with a “excellent” label. According to your data base
    Sony has Some HDTVs with 17ms, Is this good enough to play fighting games like ,Soul Calibur 5, USF4, and Killer instinct at casual and competitive level. ? Or Should i buy a monitor with a lag under 10ms for this? i will buy one of this model Sony KDL-47W802A (17ms) or , Sony KDL-55W802A (17ms) depending on your feedback. DO you think that The difference on the size will be relevant on the imputlag on thos 2 HDTVs , both are 17ms, on your data base. Thanks a lot for your Help

    • Four Wude

      I personally think that the Sony HDTVs with input lag under 20ms are definitely good enough to play fighting games on. There will be a very, very tiny difference between them and a monitor rated 10ms, but not enough to seriously detract from your gameplay, in my opinion.

      • Thanks a lot . I get the 47w802A. And it is amazing. I can link any combo, and the image is clear and sharp, the 3d also looks great. I thik this tv models are the best option for viedogames players that dont want or cant spend extra money in a monitor. The only problems i see are that the interface dont look so good as other tvs and some times the tv restart after 10-20 min when watching youtube. NetFlix and everything else works perfect.

  32. Hi, can you tell me the input lag of a sony kdl52xbr4? And if you can, can you rate it as Excellent, Good, Ok, Poor, or Abysmal? Gonna need all I can to play Call of Duty. Thanks!

  33. jonathaney sarrab on

    hi sir, I just wanted to know what would be the input lag for Haier LE40B7000, and LE40M630P?
    please reply thank you very much!

  34. jonathaney sarrab on

    hi sir, I just wanted to know what would be the input lag for Haier LE40B7000, and LE40M630P?
    please reply thank you very much!

  35. What is the lag time of LG 42LB6500 and LG 42LB6700 models?
    Also I want to know what calibration settings are available in expert1 and expert2 picture modes.

    Eagerly waiting for your suggestions…
    Thanks!

    • Four Wude

      Haven’t tested the 42″ specifically, however the LB6500 series hovers between 23ms-30ms of input lag, once set to PC mode and the picture mode set to “Game”. Unfortunately, I cannot provide any calibrated picture settings for these models. I only managed to test the input lag on them.

    • Four Wude

      Personally, I can. It depends on your prior experience with input lag. Many people can be easily deceived in this area.

  36. What’s the actual numbers for the Asus mx279h?I’m going to buy one for console gaming. Just was wondering because the specs show 5ms response. But it’s faster than any other monitor?

  37. I have the option of buying a led 40″ 1080p 120hz with about 8ms response time or fixing an old 52″ rear projection 1080i tv! I play call of duty multiplayer online and need quick response time of coarse. But my question is does a rear projection tv have input lag or response
    time lag and which would be best

  38. In Lg’s is better game mode……..or pc mode……..an which one of its 3 HDMI’s is better for pc…..?
    MANY thanks………….if you know….!!!

    • Adeel Soomro

      Most of the time, game mode is equivalent to PC mode on LG HDTVs. The only exception I’ve found is LG’s new WebOS HDTVs, where you have to enable PC AND Game mode to achieve the lowest possible input lag.

  39. I have a Philips 4500 series TV that I recently realised has over 100 ms lag. game mode does not help, and I have to use display scaling on the NVidia control panel to make it fit on the screen because it doesn’t want to detect the source as a PC input. would it help if I found a way to make it use PC input mode, and if so, how could I do that?

    • Adeel Soomro

      It can, as PC mode can disable processing associated with the regular modes. I’d recommend checking the manual of your specific HDTV to see if something is listed in there.

  40. Quick question, can a dvi (out from monitor) to hdmi (connected to pc) cable be causing me frame skipping issues? My monitor only allows for dvi or vga hookup, my graphics card supports dvi or hdmi. My conversion cable is the last possible thing I can think of that could be causing me horrendous frame skipping which has been an issue through two different monitors and a whole lot of computer troubleshooting now. If all it would take to fix my frame skipping would be to choose a dvi cable, I’d go and get one today. *edit* I have a second pc in the house which is playing the same computer games as I am. It has a lower quality graphics card and still plays games without frame skipping, it is using a VGA cable, so I’m starting to wonder if my conversion cable is the problem. Converting it from hd at my computers end to dvi at my monitors end.

    • Adeel Soomro

      I don’t think it’s the cable. HDMI usually plays nice with DVI most of the time. Have you tried a DVI > DVI connection to see if it resolves the issue? Frame skipping sounds like you have some sort of frame limiter engaged, which could be a source of the skipping. Alternatively, make sure your refresh rate is set properly to your monitor’s native refresh rate (usually 60hz).

  41. Akshay Khanna on

    hi,

    I wanted to know that which hdtv is better of these two for gaming.
    Sony kdl32w650a or kdl32w700b.
    also tell me the refresh rates of these two.

    • Adeel Soomro
      Adeel Soomro on

      Both TVs are natively 60hz. I believe the 650A should have slightly lower input lag when set to game mode.

  42. So if i set my sony tv setting “HDMI DYNAMIC RANGE to FULL and my PS4 RGB RANGE to FULL” will that help reduce input lag? And also this might be out of topic but will this also give me crushed blacks? Please help cant seem to find the right answer

    • Adeel Soomro
      Adeel Soomro on

      The color ranges don’t affect input lag at all. If you want to avoid crushed blacks, set your TV to limited and PS4 to auto. You should only use full dynamic/RGB range on a computer monitor.

  43. I’ve been having problems going from playing on PS4 and Xbox One to PS3 and Xbox 360 because I feel like the controls are sluggish. I attribute this to “input lag”, and it is extremely frustrating, because there are still a number of games I would like to play on these consoles. Is there a trend that you have noticed that one of the previous generation consoles has less input lag than the other, or is this game by game and can vary in which console handles particular games better?

  44. hey, i’m a battlefield 4 player on ps4 and going to buy a new tv,current one is not hd 🙁 . As you can guess it’s very important to me to not have any issues about input lag (i tried to play bf4 at my friends house which is impossible cause of the input lag). 40′ would be nice for my room, any suggesions ? Sony, samsung ….

  45. I’ve been searching and all I find is arguments going in circles on the net: On the asus vh236h moniter with xbox 360 via VGA, is it better to play street fighter (renders at 720p) with the xbox set to 1280×720 or 1920×1080. When I set the xbox to 1280 then check the monitors options panel, it states it is running at 1280. Does this mean the monitor isn’t scaling the image up to 1920 like i thought it would? To me this seems like the best option, but some people say run xbox at the monitor’s native res (in this case 1920) so the xbox does the scaling.

    One more thing, which image mode is fastest on the vh236h? Right now i have it set to sRGB which disables all the brightness/contrast/color controls, and i have the xbox display settings set to expanded.

  46. As more TVs are being released as Smart TVs even if you don’t need that added functionality you have to look for the TV that matches with your PS4. You can look for certain key features.

    HDMI support: First you need to check whether the port of the PS4 is compatible with the TV port.

    View angle: Look for TV which gives you a perfect picture from almost all the angles. If you play sitting exactly in front then there is no issues.

    Colour quality: Check that the colour quality of the TV is natural otherwise the images will be extra coloured which may strain your eyes.

    Black tone and contrast ratio: Check for these as well for better effects.

    Response time: To get the true image without ghostly effects or blur lines then look for response time. For gaming anything 8ms or less will work.

  47. Thanks for your hard work in testing all these monitors, collecting all the info and sharing it with us. From your site, I was able to find the perfect gaming monitor for me. Thank you very much!

  48. HI, my tv is samsung F6400 1080P 3d and I am experiencing unresponsiveness while playing video games. I can turn on game mode and it improve responsiveness but um…display quality becomes so poor that image appear bluury or out of focus. it’s like pixels are not fixed at all. So I dont want to turn on game mode at all and I want being it off. Is there any way to make my display to be responsive without game mode being turned on?? your help will make me happy 🙂 thanks!

  49. Hi, i must admit you are doing a great work i love your website i have recommended your website to many of friends and thanks to you and your awesome website i purchased 2014 sony 55w800b hdtv “Great for gaming” THANK YOU!!! But one thing just been driving me crazy and ive been reading mixed answers about “RGB RANGE” i have a PS4 & PS3 i use both of these consoles only for gaming but for watching any kind of movie i have a seperate bluray player. My question is should i use RGB Limited or RGB full for gaming on my sony hdtv. If u can help me with this you will save one person from going totally crazy. Thank you once again!!!

  50. Hi wich imput lag have the
    Samsung UE40J5100 40″ LED
    and

    Philips 40PFH4100 40″ LED

    im thinking buy one of this. but idk if good for play ps4 or not about imput lag , thanks!

  51. We have a teenager in our house and are interested in the purchase of a new television yet want to discourage gaming on this particular monitor. We have a total of 4 television monitors in the house, yet want to dedicate this one for movies; otherwise this guy will “takeover” this area for days on end. Are there any certain types of monitors to search for our own purpose? Thank you.

  52. Hello mate ! Thanks for the great job.I wanted to know the display lag of new LG 43UF770T which is a pretty darn impressive IPS 4K monitor for high end pc gaming (excpet for about lag which I dont know) and will it be fine to play FPS games in displays with “OKAY” grade ???

  53. david castillo on

    i have a question. i play on a 27 inch monitor and use a setting called display mode. so my monitor is a 27 inch but i scaled it down to 24 inches. does that increase lag???

  54. Vincent Linsin on

    Playing Far Cry Primal. The left mouse button causes me to lag pretty badly whenever I press it. This is a hindrance to the extreme when something is charging at me and I need to defend myself by stabbing with the spear, or spamming club attacks. My system is an Asus Gamer’s Republic laptop. Specs are as follows:
    Intel(R) Core(TM) i-7-4710HQ CPU @ 2.50GHz 2.50GHz
    8.00GB
    64-bit OS x64-based Processor
    This game runs Witcher 3 Wild Hunt just fine, no lag whatsoever. What am I doing wrong?

    • MLGxxFarCryxx360yesScope on

      there is a “lag” on your left mouse button because in Far Cry Primal, when you shoot a bow or spear or anything, the character has to charge it up even if u r ADS but just for a few milliseconds. It isn’t like pulling a trigger on a gun where it responds almost instantly.

  55. XxStanTheManxX on

    Hi Adeel, would a Lagbuster unit connected to a PS4/XBox One with a HDTV help reduce input lag?

  56. XxStanTheManxX on

    Hi Adeel, are you familiar with the Lagbuster Unit? If one is used with a PS4/XBox One connected to a HDTV, will it help decrease the amount of lag? Example, if the set up is 30ms, can it be reduced installing a Lagbuster Unit? Thanks for your help.

  57. XxStanTheManxX on

    Hey Adeel, still waiting for a response. Would a Lag Buster Unit connected with a XBox One/PS4 to a HDTV reduce or eliminate input lag?

  58. I have input lag on my xbox one I play Call of Duty online tournaments/wager matches frequently so you can see how this would be an issue. I know that it’s not my monitor, I have a BenQ rl2460 (which I set to FPS Mode or Fighting Mode) and a wired controller, a wired Internet connection with under 10 ping and 90mbps. The input lag obviously isn’t because of faulty hardware. Any ideas? I’m open to anything I’ve tried just about everything to fix the issue. One thing I have noticed is that I don’t get the lag immediately, it starts to occur within 2hrs or so of gaming I’m wondering if it could be a heat issue? I keep the Xbox well ventilated and the fans clear and clean but the thing still gets pretty damn hot. Ok that’s all, if you can help me I would greatly appreciate it because I know the input lag is truly holding me back it interferes with my accuracy, precise movements, and reaction time. Once again please help.

    • I’m no xbox expert, but are you sure it’s input lag and not FPS slowdown? because if it only starts to happen after 2 hours it’s either FPs slowdown. Or your internet provider does not send you a clear signal. Do a jitter test on your line over speedtest.net or whatever else you find for jitter test, that may be your issue. If you get a lot of jitter call ISP and demand they boost/fix the signal i had that problem once myself it’s now fixed.

  59. Aldo Andrade on

    Is there any input lag difference between Chroma 4:4:4, 4:2:2 and RGB? I guess I’m feeling a bit of input lag with my new UE590D, but I’m not sure if I’m really feeling a difference between 4:2:2 and RGB.

  60. I am looking a purchasing a monitor from a friend and the deal can’t be beat. I haven’t been able to find any answers about lag because it’s a bit of an oddball so I was hopingyou could help. It’s an lg m4212cg. It’s a discontinued piece of digital signage like a menu board. Do you have information on similar pieces of equipment or a ballpark rating I could expect? Thank you for your time and keep up the good work!

  61. Any idea if the 43 UH6100 will be decent enough for someone who games daily. Battlefield one and COD are no longer my cup o tea as they say. In other words i will be playing much slower pace games. Like FFXV, Resident Evil 7 etc etc. Would you say this LG is a decent choice for someone just getting in to 4K?

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