There are a lot of instances when you buy a monitor which claims high refresh rates. Although monitors offer these advertised high refresh rates, usually 144Hz or more, they do not actually run on it.
Of course, here you will wonder if you are even utilizing what you have paid for. But you have little to worry about it because we have got you covered. This article of ours talks on how to set the monitor to 144Hz and other basic information.
What is the refresh rate?
Refresh rate is basically the number of times your monitor refreshes a new frame in the image in one second. And this determines the transition of frames in images. The refresh rate is measured in Hertz. For example, a monitor has a refresh rate of 75Hz. This means that it refreshes the images 75 times within a second.
Usually, normal monitors have a refresh rate 60Hz. And monitors with rates higher than 60Hz are more expensive than the usual ones. Basically, these monitors have the same specifications as that of the normal ones.
But they differ in only refresh rates. Although you know that a monitor with higher refresh rate does not guarantee a good picture quality.
What is the benefit of a higher refresh rate?
We recommend you buying a higher refresh rate as compared to a higher resolution monitor. And we will tell you why.
Say you have a monitor with a refresh rate of 144Hz. This means it will refresh your frame 144 times in a second. And this makes your experience smoother. So if you are playing a game, you will have an unhindered gaming experience. And your images will not lag. You will never miss a single thing that is happening on your screen.
Although that doesn’t mean a monitor with only high refresh rate is ideal for gaming.
How to set the monitor to 144Hz?
These are the steps you need to follow to set the monitor to 144Hz:
- First, you need to check if your monitor is compatible with the higher refresh rate of 144Hz. For that you will need to check the specifications of your computer. Always go through product specs provided by the company to know the exact advertised refresh rate.
- Next thing you will need to do is use the DisplayPort connector. As only DisplayPort and some Digital Visual Interface ports can transfer higher refresh rate data. And this a very important step because the high refresh rate feature is not enabled until you use it. Basically, you connect the monitor to the PC with the help of a DisplayPort.
Also, you need to make sure that you use the DisplayPort cable provided by your monitor> As other cables of different brands or cheaper ones will not be capable enough to perform the task.
Another thing is, you cannot substitute a DisplayPort cable with an HDMI or a VGA cable. As these do not support higher refresh rates.
The next steps differ for different Windows users. Hence you must follow the one which is yours after you have switched on your computer.
For Windows 10
- Go to the start/windows button and click on it.
- Select setting from the or simply search it in the search bar.
- Then you will need to go to the System section in Settings and click on it.
- Next, click on the Display tab in the system.
- Now go to the Display adapter properties and a dialog box will appear.
- Click on the Monitor tab in the box.
- You will see the screen refresh rate option there and click on it.
- A drop-down menu will appear from which you can choose 144 Hz.
- Then click on the Apply button.
- Finally, click on OK to enable the 144Hz refresh rate.
For Windows 7 & 8
- Right click on your desktop. And remember to do it in a blank space where no icons are there.
- From the appeared options, click on Screen Resolution.
- Then you need to select the Advanced settings.
- After that, you will find the refresh rate options. Select 144Hz refresh rate.
- Finally, press OK to enable it.
These were the ways how you can set your monitor’s refresh rate higher. Always remember to follow all the steps diligently.
Q – Is 144Hz necessary for gaming?
A – If you are a professional gamer, go for 144Hz or at least a 120Hz refresh rate monitor. But along with that you will also need top end video cards.
When you are into competitive gaming, you will need all things in your favour. With your refresh rate at 144Hz, you will not miss out a single thing. And also have a pretty smooth gaming experience with no hassle. So although not necessary per se, 144Hz has major benefits over the lower refresh rates.
Q – Can I use 60Hz for gaming?
A – A monitor with a refresh rate of 60 Hz is good enough for casual gamers. If you are someone who plays games once in a while for fun. And is not into professional competitive gaming, 60Hz works fine for you.
But then more is always better. And if you have the budget with which you can buy a monitor with 144Hz, go for it. As it improves your experience overall.
Q – Does 144Hz make a difference?
A – Say there are two monitors of different refresh rates. One is 60Hz, and another is 144Hz. So the 60Hz monitor basically shows 60 pictures in one second. Whereas a 144Hz monitor can change up to 144 pictures in a second. With the higher refresh rate you see more pictures in a second. And that accounts for a smoother picture display with no hindrance.
Q – Can you run 144Hz on DisplayPort?
A – Probably the best option you can run your 144Hz is on DisplayPort. Even the first generation versions of DisplayPort can support 144Hz, although at only 1080p resolution. And the newer versions have added much more features which make it very efficient for many resolutions.
Q – How do I enable AMD 144Hz?
A – In this article we have discussed how you can set the monitor to 144Hz in detail. And in the same way described above can you enable 144Hz in AMD.
We have reached the end of this article. And we hope you are fairly educated on how you are supposed to set the monitor to 144Hz. The process is amply easy and we are sure you will not face problems while doing.
We also have an article on the Best Monitors for Color Accuracy which you might like.