Gaming is one of my favorite hobbies. I wouldn’t call myself a pro gamer, I do not own fancy gaming chairs that offer the best back support nor do I have a custom made computer set up with the bells and whistles. On the other hand, there is no denying that a 144Hz monitor is THE best one to have if you are into gaming. Having been given the opportunity to play on one recently, I cannot get over how amazing its refresh rate is among other things.
If like me, you are not as well versed with these high-tech systems and you find yourself wondering how to set up a 144hz monitor, then you my friend, have come to the right place. Here’s the low down.
We newbies and occasional gamers wouldn’t know whether our monitor is 144Hz in the first place. I know it’s blasphemous to say this, but it is the truth. Loads of us tend to buy the newest sparkliest kit without fully understanding and reaping the benefits of its souped up specs. So, first things first, is your monitor 144Hz?
How to check if your monitor is 144Hz capable
By default the windows system should automatically select 144Hz. If it doesn’t then there is always the off chance that you are using the incorrect display port. This was something I realized after I tinkered with my new purchase. Apparently, using the correct port is the only way to get 144Hz, other ports on your unit will not permit this function even if the monitor you own is in fact 144Hz to begin with. Check your display port, if you have it hooked up correctly but still find yourself with the same problem then here is what you need to do to enable it:
Steps to enabling 144Hz on your monitor
On Windows 7 and Windows 8
- Right click on the desktop and from the popup select Screen Resolution.
- Elect Advanced Settings
- In the Monitor section, look for the Screen Refresh Rate.
- Once located, choose 144 hertz and then click on OK
On Windows 10
- On your Windows 10 PC, go to Settings and then select System
- Locate the Display tab, click on this, and then click on Advanced Display Settings next.
- Once there, you should be able to see Display Adapter Properties
- Beneath this section, look for the Monitor option.
- It should then showcase Screen Refresh Rate along with several choices to pick from. Select 144Hz.
- Click OK, and you’ve done it!
The setup is pretty simple and I managed to get my monitor at 144Hz speed just by following those steps. The most common mistake people make is neglecting to use the proper ports. Always be reminded to utilize the DVI-D port or the display port otherwise you won’t be able to access this function.
To get the best results, always use the cables that come with your monitor to ensure it will work correctly. In the event that you are looking to use HDMI, make sure to have a high-speed cable on hand. If for any reason the above method did not work and you find yourself still unable to run 144 hertz then here are a few other things to look into.
- Update your graphics drivers
- Some games have its own settings for graphics, this often requires users to update it manually.
- Older graphics won’t support 144Hz. Check your PC’s GPU to see if it is actually capable of this function.