The monitor’s refresh rate refers to the number of times the monitor updates the image per second. Measured in Hertz, higher refresh rates would result in more images in a given time.
PC gamers may be quite interested in this term as higher refresh rates improve the gaming experience as visuals and image transition is smoother.
This section will discuss how you can check your monitor’s refresh rate for your pc or laptop.
Checking monitor’s refresh rate in Windows
If you want to check the monitor’s refresh rate in Windows on pc or laptop, you can do so in the following ways.
This method is for checking monitor’s refresh rate in Windows 10.
- Open the system option in your Window settings.
- Click the display option from the drop-down menu to go to the advanced settings for the display.
- Now click the display adapter properties, which will enable you to open the monitor tab in the pop-up window.
- It will display the monitor refresh rate.
There are other options through which you can change monitor’s refresh rate for Windows 7 and 8, for instance, the system information and DirectX, where you type instructions in the run box to check the screen refresh rate. In addition, you can also get a refresh rate test from a website.
Should you go for a higher refresh rate monitor?
A standard refresh rate of 60 hertz is quite suitable for regular users, but if you are a pc gamer and want the screen to quickly display new images on a high-resolution screen, you may need a 144 hertz refresh rate gaming monitor or higher (for example a 240hz monitor or 480hz monitor)
So if you have Windows 10, here is how you change to a higher refresh rate.
- Right-click your desktop page to go to the display settings.
- Click on advanced display settings and choose a display from the drop-down menu.
- Click on display adapter properties and then open the monitor tab.
- Now click the monitor tab and select the screen refresh rate.
If you want to change to a higher refresh rate in Windows 7 or 8, do the following
- Right-click on your desktop to open monitor settings
- Click on screen resolution.
- Now click on advanced settings and then go to the monitor tab
- You can select your desired value from the refresh rate drop-down menu.
If you cannot increase your monitor’s hz, you need to check if you are using a DisplayPort cable to connect to the monitor. Also, make sure to update drivers for the graphics card to improve compatibility between hardware and operating system.