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Have you noticed flickering on the screen while using your PC? Do you experience eye pain and headache while looking at the monitor? Changing the refresh rate may be helpful. Setting the refresh rate of the monitor to a higher rate decreases the flickering. Unstable display errors can also be solved by increasing the refresh rate.

 

What is Refresh Rate?

It indicates the number of times/second a picture refreshes on the monitor. This rate is measured in Hz (Hertz). If the refresh rate is high, you can view the screen with more clarity. Lower refresh rate can be sore for the eyes. Normally, 60 Hz refresh rate is good for normal daily tasks. Though jitters may appear as you move the mouse, it’s a prime rate for viewing. Choosing below 60 Hz may result in many issues. However, things are different for gamers! Though you get a good picture with 60 Hz, higher screen refresh rates like 144 Hz offer finer experience.

Is your screen showing 144 Hz? If yes, by default windows has a 144 Hz refresh rate. If not, you are not connected to the display port. 144 Hz is obtained only if you are using the display port. Some monitors use DVI-D connectors. Other ports present do not uphold this function. You can manually adjust the screen refresh rate on Windows 10. This can be done based on the graphics card, resolution and monitor you have.  In this post, let’s go through the steps to change the monitor’s refresh rate. This can be done easily within a few minutes!

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Setting the monitor to 144 Hz.

Here are the steps to change the refresh rate to 144 Hz:

  • Open Settings on the Windows 10 computer.
  • Choose the System option next.
  • Click on the Display and select the Advanced Display option.
  • Then the Display Adapter Properties screen opens up.
  • Click on the Monitor tab. Under the Monitor settings, the refresh rate drop-down menu has many options. Select 144 Hz from the list.
  • Click Apply and then Ok.
  • Done! The refresh rate has been changed to 144 Hz.

 

Don’t have Windows 10? For Windows 8 or 7, the steps vary slightly. They are as follows:

  • From Desktop, right-click on the screen and select the Screen Resolution.
  • Then select the Advanced settings option. The properties screen appears.
  • Choose the Monitor tab and you will find the refresh rate options.
  • Select 144 Hz and click Ok.

These options won’t be available if you’re not using the DVI-D connector or the display port. Use the cables that you get along with the screen to avoid any issues.

 

Still unable to change to 144 Hz?

Make sure the cables are all connected well. Recheck the cables by unplugging and plugging again. Other reasons might be:

  • An update is needed for the graphics drivers.
  • The GPU of your PC is not good. Old graphics hardly support 144 Hz.
  • Manually update your game’s graphics options.

Follow the above steps and troubleshoot. If the error still persists, contact a system expert to solve the issue.

Next, let’s check how the refresh rate of the monitor can be overclocked.

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How to overclock monitor refresh rate?

Overclocking the monitor is easy and is done by most people. Companies usually reduce the overall refresh rate or clock speed of the monitor. This helps in smooth working without any issues. Now, companies started producing monitors that run faster than the 60 Hz refresh rate. For gaming, you require higher refresh rates. The gaming monitors are expensive and have 144Hz, 160Hz, 165Hz and also 200Hz refresh rates. Overclocking is done by adjusting the driver options for NVIDIA and AMD users. Let’s find out how to overclock a monitor.

A high refresh rate ensures a great experience while gaming. It’s a result of decreased screen tearing. Based on the panel quality, you can overclock the monitor by some Hz.

 

For AMD Users.

Having an AMD graphics card? Choose the ‘Raden options. Below the Display settings, select Create and the Create Custom Resolution screen appears. Here in the Refresh Rate field, select the required refresh rate. Try overclocking by 5 Hz. You can find the screen turning blank and goes back to the original options within a few seconds. Then gradually reduce by 1 Hz from there to get the prime refresh rate.

Also, use Custom Resolution Utility (CRU) for boosting the FreeSync dynamic range. Using this software, the frequency can be increased using automatic modes. You can also enjoy extra features like custom display modes offered by this software.

 

For NVIDIA users.

The custom refresh rate for NVIDIA users can be adjusted using the GeForce driver. Overclocking the monitor in NVIDIA can be done by opening the Control Panel. Under the Display Tasks, select Change Resolution and then click Customize. All the available screen modes are listed here. Next, select the Create Custom Resolutions. Increase the Hertz until you see synchronization errors.

 

Testing.

Observe carefully for skipped frames, horizontal lines or unusual errors. This can be checked by doing the following:

  • Watch a few video recordings.
  • Slide and move the Windows.
  • Run a few of your favorite games.

 

One or more of these errors are displayed? Just reduce the refresh rate by a few Hz and check again. Seems more or less like a trial and error method! This is because the same monitor model can be overclocked to various refresh rates. Finding the right refresh rate is important for your monitor.

Online tools can also be used to test the right rate. For NVIDIA users, make use of Precision X16 utility. This software helps to adjust the monitor refresh rate using a slider.

Cables play a significant role. See to it that the connector and cables have good bandwidth for the refresh rate you want. Keep the cables short to avoid degradation of signals. Try to reduce the use of adapters.

 

Final Note.

Last but not least, be careful overclocking any monitor. As your warranty becomes void after overclocking. So be prepared in case of any consequences. Though the chances of anything being destroyed is rare, that doesn’t mean nothing will happen. Hence overclock at your own stake.