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Fake Refresh Rate Conversion
Samsung Clear Motion Rate vs Sony MotionFlow vs LG Motion Clarity Index

Every TV manufacturer uses made-up numbers to exaggerate the refresh rates of their TVs (learn more about refresh rate), but it isn't quite as nonsensical in 2017 compared to what it used to be. Samsung's Motion Rate, Sony's MotionFlow XR, LG's TruMotion and Vizio's Effective Refresh Rate aren't accurate numbers for refresh rate, but nowadays most of them are simply double the real thing, making it easy to convert.

The following tables convert fake refresh rates into their real refresh rates. In order: 2017 TVs (North America), 2016 TVs (North America), 2015 TVs (North America), 2014 TVs (North America), and 2014 TVs (International).

2017

Real
Refresh Rate
Samsung
Motion Rate
LG
TruMotion
Sony
MotionFlow XR
Vizio
Effective Refresh Rate
TCL
Clear Motion Index
Panasonic
Image Motion
60 Hz

60 (1080p)

120 (4k)

TM120 240 120 120 120
120 Hz 240 (4k) TM240

960

240 - 240
Panel Refresh Rate Conversion for 2017 Models for 60Hz Countries (North America)

2016

Real
Refresh Rate
Samsung
Motion Rate
LG
TruMotion
Sony
MotionFlow XR
Vizio
Effective Refresh Rate
TCL
Clear Motion Index
Panasonic
Image Motion
60 Hz

MR 60 (1080p)

MR 120 (1080p)

MR 120 (4k)

120 240 120 120 120
120 Hz

MR 240 (4k)

Supreme MR 240 (4k)

240

960

1440

240 - 240
Panel Refresh Rate Conversion for 2016 Models for 60Hz Countries (North America)
 

2015

Real
Refresh Rate
Samsung
Motion Rate
LG
TruMotion
Sony
MotionFlow
Vizio
SPS
Toshiba
ClearScan (2014)
Panasonic
Backlight Scan (2014)
60 Hz 60 (1080p)
120 (4k)
120 120
240
120 60
120
 
120 Hz 120 (1080p)
240 (4k)
240

960

1440

240 240 240
720
1920
240 Hz - - - - - 4200
Panel Refresh Rate Conversion for 2015 Models for 60Hz Countries (North America)

2014 

Real
Refresh Rate
Samsung
Clear Motion Rate
LG
Motion Clarity Index
Sony
MotionFlow
Vizio
SPS
Toshiba
ClearScan
Panasonic
Backlight Scan
60 Hz 60
120
240 (4k only)
120 120
240
120 60
120
 
120 Hz 240
480
600
240
480
480 240 240 240
720
1920
240 Hz 720
840
960
1200
600
720
960
960 - - 4200
Panel Refresh Rate Conversion for 2014 Models for 60Hz Countries (North America)

 

Real
Refresh Rate
Samsung
Clear Motion Rate
LG
Motion Clarity Index
Sony
MotionFlow
Panasonic
Backlight Scan
Toshiba
Active Motion Rate
Philips
Perfect Motion Rate
50 Hz 50
100
50
100
100
200
100 50
100
200
100
200
100 Hz 200
400
600
200
400
700
400 600
1000
400
800
400
800
200 Hz 700
800
1000
800
1000
800 1800
3600
- 1200
Panel Refresh Rate Conversion for 2014 Models for 50Hz Countries (Rest of the world)

Fake refresh rates are typically higher than the real refresh rate of the TV, so using them allows manufacturers to market their TVs as being ‘better’ than they are. Since these fake refresh numbers are invented by each company, they are also all different from each other, which makes direct comparison across brands impossible for those who don’t know the conversion to real refresh rates (which generally are not listed).

Samsung Motion Rate (2017)

Samsung's Motion Rate (previously Clear Motion Rate) is pretty straightforward nowadays. For the rare 1080p Samsung TVs still left, the quoted motion rate will be equivalent to the real refresh rate. For 4k TVs, it is simply double the real refresh rate.

2017 Models Samsung Motion Rate Real Refresh Rate  
Samsung M5300 60 60 Hz  
Samsung MU6300 120 60 Hz See our review
Samsung MU6500 120 60 Hz See our review
Samsung MU7000 120 60 Hz See our review
Samsung MU7500 120 60 Hz  
Samsung MU8000 240 120 Hz See our review
Samsung MU8500 240 120 Hz  
Samsung MU9000 240 120 Hz See our review
Samsung MU9500 240 120 Hz  
Samsung Q7F 240 120 Hz See our review
Samsung Q7C 240 120 Hz  
Samsung Q8C 240 120 Hz  
Samsung Q9F 240 120 Hz See our review

Vizio Effective Refresh Rate and Clear Action (2017)

While Vizio still uses confusing terminology to describe the refresh rate of their TVs, the numbers are easier to translate now than they used to be. Like Samsung, their "Effective Refresh Rate" (which used to be called SPS) is simply double the amount of their real refresh rate. Vizio, however, also uses a confusing number called "Clear Action". It doesn't have much to do with the refresh rate of the TVs and refers to their backlight scanning feature (see image flicker and BFI). The number is almost entirely arbitrary and doesn't mean much.

2017 Models Vizio Effective Refresh Rate Vizio Clear Action Real Refresh Rate  
Vizio D Series 120 180 60 Hz  
Vizio E Series 120 180 60 Hz See our review
Vizio M Series 120 360 60 Hz See our review
Vizio P Series 240 960 120 Hz See our review

Sony MotionFlow XR (2017)

Sony is arguably the worst offender for inflating their refresh rate numbers nowadays, but they've at least started to share the real refresh rate next to their "Motionflow XR" marketing numbers. The numbers don't really mean anything either. It's either 240, 960 or 1440. Unlike most other manufacturers, there isn't an easy division you can do, but generally, 240 means 60hz, and anything above that means 120hz. The name itself is almost the same as what they use for their soap opera effect feature, which is called MotionFlow (without the XR).

2017 Models Sony MotionFlow Real Refresh Rate  
Sony X800E 240 60 Hz See our review
Sony X850E 960 120 Hz See our review
Sony X900E 960 120 Hz See our review
Sony X930E 960 120 Hz See our review
Sony X940E 960 120 Hz See our review
Sony Z9D 1440 120 Hz See our review
Sony A1E - 120 Hz See our review

LG TruMotion (2017)

LG, like every other manufacturer, uses a marketing term for their refresh rate. It used to go by "Motion Clarity Index", but now it's called TruMotion, which is the same name as their motion interpolation feature (soap opera effect). It's pretty simple to translate since it's just the real refresh rate doubled. In some markets, it is found with a "TM" before the value. For example, a refresh rate of 120 Hz would be "TM240". Much like Sony, LG's recently started to share the actual refresh rate of their TVs in parentheses next to the TruMotion value, which is nice.

2017 Models LG TruMotion Real Refresh Rate  
LG UJ6300 120 60 Hz See our review
LG UJ6470 120 60 Hz  
LG UJ7700 120 60 Hz See our review
LG SJ8500 240 120 Hz See our review
LG SJ850A 240 120 Hz  
LG SJ8570 240 120 Hz  
LG SJ9500 240 120 Hz  
LG SJ9570 240 120 Hz  
LG C7 - 120 Hz See our review
LG E7 - 120 Hz  
LG G7 - 120 Hz  
LG W7 - 120 Hz  

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