How to Change Monitor Refresh Rate

A stable and properly set refresh rate for your monitor is critical for any visually intensive task. Understanding your monitor’s refresh rate can make your experience not only easier but better as well, especially when media is a priority.

    Read this article to know how to navigate your monitor’s refresh rate.

    What is your monitor refresh rate?

    For anyone sensitive to visual performance or if you plan to use your PC for a range of media applications, the refresh rate is important to keep in mind.

    Technically speaking, the refresh rate is how often your monitor updates, but it can have different meanings when used in other contexts.

      For most instances, however, it represents how often new data can be received. Your monitor’s refresh rate is described in hertz (Hz) and is fundamentally tied to your visual experience.

      For reference, most movie theaters make do with a refresh rate as low as 24 Hz because of how most films are shot. A PC monitor, though, will generally offer 60 Hz or more.

        Many gaming rigs are now tripling or even quadrupling that number to provide more seamless visuals for competitive gamers, though the difference can be imperceptible to some users.

        Dynamic refresh rate explained

        Systems like AMD’s FreeSync or NVIDIA’s G-Sync are designed to reduce the tearing and stuttering that can still occur when a display must strain through heavier visual loads. These systems also smooth out irregularities by making your refresh rate more adaptive moment to moment, hence the term “dynamic.”

        While NVIDIA’s G-Sync is a proprietary technology unique to their products, FreeSync and other variants are freely available to developers. These are two of the most visible systems now, and both options are well represented in HP products.

        Difference between refresh rate and frame rate

        Frame rate refers specifically to video and the frequency with which new frames appear. While both refresh rate and frame rate can be described in hertz, refresh rate deals with the sort of static images or programmed interfaces that dominate most people’s PC experience.

        There’s also some natural confusion over how the two relate, particularly because your monitor’s refresh rate and a video game’s frame rate are two separate measures. Adaptive systems like FreeSync and G-Sync address imbalances between the two, allowing for a seamless viewing experience regardless of any difference.

        How to adjust your display settings

        • When using Windows 10, you can start the process by opening your "Settings" and clicking "System."
        • Then, select "Display" and navigate to your "Advanced display settings" tab where you’ll find a link marked "Display adapter properties" for Display 1.
        • From there, click to the "Monitor" tab and you should see a dropdown below a field labelled "Monitor settings." Simply select your desired refresh rate from the dropdown and click "Apply."

        Alternatively, you can just right-click on your desktop and select "Display settings" in order to access your" Advanced display settings" tab.

          While it can be relatively simple to change your displays settings, these changes can be relatively difficult to detect in many situations. Most users will only need to adjust when performing specialized tasks with intense visuals, like gaming.


          When choosing a new monitor, the average user will only need a display with a 60Hz refresh rate, such as the best-selling HP 24m display monitor.

            For gamers, you should look for a 144Hz or 240Hz refresh rate like in the OMEN X 27 gaming monitor.

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