It’s important to know and understand your monitor’s refresh rate especially if you are into gaming. The refresh rate which is measured in Hertz (Hz) indicates the number of times per second your monitor is able to display and draw a new image.
The faster the refresh rate per second is, the better. Many new monitors have a refresh rate of 144Hz which is already great for gaming. If you don’t know what your monitor’s refresh rate is, it’s time to find out.
When using Windows 10, you can check your monitor’s refresh rate by following these simple steps:
- Right-click on your desktop to open the Display Settings.
- Jump to the bottom of the Display Settings window and click the Display adapter properties link. From the pop-up window, open the Monitor tab. From this tab, you can easily see your screen refresh rate information.
- On some computers, you won’t see the Display adapter properties link. Instead, click the Advanced display settings. From the pop-up window, you can now see the refresh rate of your monitor.
You can refer to this video for more information:
Follow these steps to check the refresh rate on your Windows 11:
- Right-click anywhere on your desktop and select Display settings.
- From the Display window, click Advanced display.
- At this point, you’ll see the option to Choose a refresh rate. The one displayed is your current refresh rate. If your monitor has 144Hz, you should be able to select a lower refresh rate.
Q & A
Do you need a high refresh rate?
With 60 Hz, you have limited options when it comes to your refresh rate, but it is already a decent refresh rate for running basic game apps. At this refresh rate, the visual appearance is already good.
However, you may need a higher refresh rate to gain a competitive advantage when playing games. The eloquence of the movement is also significantly smoother at 144 Hz. However, there is no difference in image quality as the refresh rate does not affect graphics.
What is the best refresh rate for gaming?
At 144 Hz or even higher 240 Hz, the gameplay looks and feels smoother than when using a monitor with a refresh rate of only 60 Hz. Moreover, aiming is also more precise and reaction time is also generally faster.
You can check this video this for a more detailed comparison of 60 Hz, 144 Hz, and 240 Hz monitors.
Summary Your monitor’s refresh rate can give you an idea of how fast your monitor is able to refresh the images it is showing. Generally, the higher the refresh rate is, the better it is for you especially when playing precision games.