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Bumping your resolution or screen size is great, but one of the most important facets of gaming visuals come down to an essential issue: frame rates. The more frames your graphics card can push each second, and your screen can display without ripping or stuttering, the better the gaming experience. Faster monitors offer a smoother encounter during standard desktop usage too.
But did you realize that high-speed monitors on Windows frequently don’t optimize their potential out of the box? Even if your in-game frame counter is showing over 100 frames per second, your screen may in fact be stuck at 60Hz, rather than the 144Hz-plus rates you paid for. Greater frames coming out of your GPU still offer visual improvements even at a standard monitor refresh rate, but that’s why you bought that killer screen .
You bought that sucker to tear through Cyberpunk 2077, taking in all of its glorious scenery at drool-worthy, buttery-smooth speeds. However, to reach those heights you want to have your track configured properly, and if you’re counting on Windows to inform you when there is an issue, overlook it. For all its wonder, Windows 10 will happily let that high refresh rate monitor sit at 60Hz for the entire life without alerting one to the larger potential within.
Here’s the way to change this.
Check your wires
Before we enter the nitty-gritty, let’s talk about your monitor’s connection. Typically, high refresh rate monitors have two cable choices to connect to a graphics cardHDMI and DisplayPort. The secret is that quite often both of these connections aren’t equal, and you will probably be capable of demonstrating higher refresh rates than another.
If you’ve got a newish 144Hz display then it is very likely that both connection types have equivalent capabilities. That is not always true, however, and if you have a monitor that can do 165Hz or 240Hz it is even less likely.
For anyone with a FreeSync display, AMD makes it easy to determine which connection supports which refresh rate. The company’s FreeSync website comes with an comprehensive list of AMD FreeSync monitors and their specs. This list isn’t exhaustive, but it is uncommon to locate a FreeSync monitor which is not covered.
If you’ve got a G-Sync track Nvidia keeps an identical list, but you do not really need it. G-Sync always uses DisplayPort.
How to change your screen’s refresh rate
Now the moment you’ve all been waiting for: it’s time to confirm your screen’s working rate, and change your monitor’s refresh rate if needed. This is actually an easy adjustment, and it’s scandalous that Windows 10 does not help you figure this out, but here we are.
To start, open Windows 10’s Settings by tapping the Windows Key + I or browsing to Start > Settings. Once the Settings window is open, go to System > Display. Then scroll down till you find the heading Multiple Displays and click on the”Advanced display settings” link.
On the next screen, make certain that the drop-down listing is showing the right screen if you have a multi-monitor installation . Then, towards the bottom, click on the link entitled Display adapter attributes for Display 1. (This may also say Display two, or Display 3 based on your particular setup.)
Clicking the link opens a small utility window with three tabs. Select Monitor, then in the section under”Monitor Settings,” you’ll notice a drop down box entitled Screen refresh speed. Select the best refresh rate for your screen. If you do not see the maximum setting, then it’s probable you’ve got to switch display cables to observe that the higher speed.
Once you have chosen the desired refresh rate, click Apply, and the screen will go dark for a moment. Windows will ask if you would like to keep the settings that are desirable. Click Keep changes, click OK back at