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How do I set the right refresh rate on my monitor?

Your refresh rate determines how quickly your monitor refreshes the image. In this article, I'll explain how that works and how you can easily set the refresh rate yourself.

What is refresh rate?

Refresh rate monitor

Refresh rate is the speed at which your monitor refreshes the image. This happens a number of times per second, for example 60 times, 75 times, or 100 times. That speed is expressed in hertz. A 60Hz monitor refreshes the image 60 times per second and a 75Hz monitor does that 75 times in the same time.

Benefits of a higher refresh rate

Advantages of a high refresh rate

The advantage of a higher refresh rate is that the image can be displayed more smoothly. The higher the refresh rate, the smoother the image. Not everyone sees the difference as clearly. Some people experience the difference between 60 and 75Hz as a world of difference, while others can barely perceive it. In general, the higher the refresh rate, the more difficult it is to see the difference with the naked eye. In addition, you also have fewer problems with input lag, which is a major advantage for gaming. If you're watching a movie or gaming, it's important that the number of frames per second (FPS) is the same as the speed at which your monitor refreshes the image. Only then will you benefit most from the high refresh rate.

G-Sync and FreeSync

G-Sync FreeSync

G-Sync and FreeSync are technologies that ensure that the refresh rate of your monitor adjusts exactly to the number of images that your PC, console, or laptop sends to your screen. As a result, you're not bothered by tearing during fast action scenes in your favorite shooter or racing game. G-Sync and FreeSync work the same, but the difference is that G-Sync is from NVIDIA and FreeSync is from AMD. If you have an NVIDIA video card, choose a monitor that supports G-Sync. Do you have an AMD video card? Then go for a FreeSync monitor.

Setup

You can set a higher refresh rate manually in two different ways. If you want to use your screen with a PS4 or Xbox, choose the first option. If you connect your screen to a PC or laptop, you choose one of the following options:

With the settings on your screen

  1. Press the menu button on your monitor. It differs per screen where this button is located, but most of the time it's at the bottom in the middle, or at the bottom right of your screen.
  2. Use the navigation keys or navigation stick to navigate to 'refresh rate'. This is usually under 'game' or 'picture'.
  3. Choose the refresh rate you want to set, such as 60, 100, 120, or 144Hz.
  4. Does your screen not have a refresh rate setting, or you can't find the menu? Then use the following method to set up your monitor:

With the settings menu in Windows or MacOS

Windows:

  1. Right-click on the Windows 10 desktop.
  2. Select 'Display settings' and go to 'Advanced display settings' in this menu.
  3. Click on 'Display adapter properties' at the bottom of this screen.
  4. In the 'Monitor' tab, set the desired refresh rate under 'Screen refresh rate'.
  5. Your monitor will briefly turn off and on again. Your new refresh rate has been set.
  6. Move your cursor up and down quickly and see if you can tell the difference.

MacOS:

  1. Open settings from your taskbar or your apps folder.
  2. Select 'display' or 'display settings'.
  3. Choose the refresh rate you want to set from the drop-down menu.
  4. Test if you can see the difference by moving your cursor up and down quickly.


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