Which refresh rate should I choose?

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  1. MoodyM macrumors 6502a

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    I have my 2011 Mac Mini connected to my 42" Toshiba TV. In Lion's system prefs, I have the resolution set to 1080p, but the choices I have for Refresh Rate are 24Hz, 50Hz (PAL) and 60Hz (NTSC). Which should I choose?

    I use the Mac Mini purely as a Media Centre (running Plex in full screen). I'm in the UK, and the TV is capable of 100Hz.

    Thanks
     
  2. MoodyM thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Yeah, but I'm not really watching any UK/PAL material as such - all I watch are mkv/avi/mp4 rips of DVDs/blurays files from my USB hard drive. Will that make a difference?
     
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    basically the human eye can't tell the difference between 50 and 60hz, so I don't think its worth it.
     
  4. MoodyM thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    If my TV supports 100Hz, why doesn't OS X offer that as an option?
     
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    Thanks, but that software can't be run in Lion, it needs a PPC Mac and/or Rosetta.
     
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  9. Moonjumper macrumors 68000

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    UK TV PAL standard is 50Hz, so your TV will definitely be able to show that. Most TVs in recent years are the same model as the USA model and are capable of 60Hz. It shouldn't make too much difference which you use, but you can always try 60. Only use 24 if you want to watch a film stored on your computer that is at the original 24 frames-per-second.
     
  10. Bear macrumors G3

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    Are they rips from PAL or NTSC discs? That would help you determine your default setting.
     

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