How to set the monitor to 144hz on windows 10 and 11?


Gaming using a monitor with a high refresh rate makes a big difference. With a 144 Hz of refresh rate, you could already see a significant improvement over 60 Hz. So if your monitor is capable of delivering 144 Hz, you would want to make sure that it is set to that setting before you start gaming.

It’s easy to check and change or set your monitor to 144 Hz for both Windows 10 and 11.

On Windows 10

  • Right-click on a black spot on your Windows 10 desktop then select Display settings.
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  • On the Display window, select Advanced display settings > Display adapter properties.
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  • From the pop-up window, click the List all Modes button. At this point, you will see your different options for refresh rates. Select 144 Hz then click the OK button. That’s it!

Check this video tutorial for more details.

On Windows 11

  1. On an open area of your Windows 11 desktop, right-click and select Display settings.
  2. On the pop-up window, scroll down to the bottom and under Related settings, click Advanced display.
  3. At the bottom of the Advanced display window, there is an option to “Choose a refresh rate.” If the displayed refresh rate is already 144 Hz, there is no need to change it. However, if it is anything lower, simply click the dropdown arrow and all the available refresh rates for your monitor will show up. Select 144 Hz.

You can also check this video for more information.

Taking Advantage of High Refresh Rates

Even if your monitor is capable of delivering at the 144 Hz refresh rate, you still won’t be able to benefit from this capability without considering the other two components. It’s important to note that the monitor’s display is limited to the rate its system produces.

  • You need a CPU that’s fast enough for critical gaming tasks such as rendering data, game logic and more.
  • You also need a GPU that is fast enough in executing instructions quickly and in creating the graphics on the screen.

If either your CPU or GPU isn’t able to deliver high numbers, then your monitor can just do as much and won’t be able to deliver a high refresh rate despite its capability. A good example of this is when you have a monitor with a refresh rate of 144 Hz but your GPU can only supply 30 frames per second. In this case, you won’t be able to utilize the high refresh rate of your monitor.

Q & A

Will it matter if I use 60 Hz versus 144 Hz?

For regular computing tasks, you won’t notice the difference between a 60 Hz and 144 Hz refresh rate. However, when you are into gaming, this is when the difference is noticeable. Higher refresh rates make the gameplay experience smoother and the movements more realistic.

Why is my monitor stuck at 60Hz?

One common problem is that your screen might be set to 60 Hz by default.

Go to Settings > System > Display > Advanced Display Settings > Display Adapter Properties to make a change. Then, click on “Monitor,” and from the drop-down menu, choose the refresh rate for your monitor.

Why is 144Hz not showing up?

There is no 144Hz option in the Display options

So, if you want to enjoy the full frame rate, make sure you have a DisplayPort 1.2 or HDMI 2.0 connection. Also, updating the NVIDIA or AMD drivers can sometimes reset the monitor settings, so you might want to check if that’s the case for you.

How do I fix 60Hz to 144Hz?

Does Windows run at 144Hz?

Check your settings to see if your screen can handle 144Hz, 165Hz, or 240Hz. The easiest way to find it is to turn on your OSD. If it does, choose 144Hz, 165Hz, or 240Hz, and then set up the device. Then, you need to make sure that Windows is set to the advertised refresh rate and not a lower one, like 60Hz.

Is DisplayPort better than HDMI for 144Hz?

HDMI: Audio and video signal, best for connecting TV to PC. DVI is only for video and is great for older systems or 1080p at 144Hz. DisplayPort (DP) is the best way to send an audio and video signal, and it can send up to 4K at 144Hz. VGA: Old, legacy video connector.

Can HDMI port go 144Hz?

Yes, but it depends on the version of HDMI, the resolution, and the bandwidth. Most monitors, TVs, and graphics cards have at least one HDMI 1.4 port, which is enough for 144Hz at 1080p, 75Hz at 1440p, and 30Hz at 4K.

Summary

If your monitor and your system can deliver 144 Hz refresh rate, take advantage of it when playing games. Setting your monitor to this refresh rate is easy, regardless if you are on Windows 10 or Windows 11.

Andy Avery

I really enjoy helping people with their tech problems to make life easier, ​and that’s what I’ve been doing professionally for the past decade.

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