Have you bought a 144hz monitor recently, but aren't sure if your monitor is actually running at that sacred 144hz for some reason? Well here's a really quick step-by-step guide that'll show you exactly how to check your monitor is indeed set to 144hz, and if it isn't, how to change your settings to make sure you're getting that wonderful high-refresh gift you've forked out for.
As you can see below, I'm on the home Desktop.
Right click anywhere on your home desktop, and in this box, left click on Display Settings.
Once in the Display Settings, you should see the below information for Display. As you can see, I have three monitors here (you may have more or less, which will be shown to you accordingly), but that's not important just yet.
From this screen (you can maximise it) scroll down until you can see the blue links at the bottom; click Advanced Display Settings.
Now you're in the Advanced display settings, if you have only one monitor, you're in the right place. If you have more than one monitor connected, you'll need to find the correct monitor to check its settings.
For me, it's display 2, which is my Aorus 144hz Gaming Monitor, as you can see below.
Now you're on the right monitor, click the blue text that says Display Adapter properties and you'll get the box below pop up.
From here it will tell you what Graphics Card your Monitor is currently connected to, but in order to check your display settings, click the Monitor tab near the top.
Here it will show you the current refresh rate you are running at. If it's 144hz and that's what you're expecting, then great. But if like me, you're not set to the correct refresh rate, you can now click on that drop down and choose the correct refresh rate settings you want, whether it's 144hz, 75hz, 60hz, or anything else.
Now you have your correct refresh rate settings, click on Ok. When it asks you if you want to keep these display settings, if you do (which I assume you likely will unless something looks like it has gone terribly wrong), click Keep Changes.
Your monitor should now be displaying at the correct refresh rate, which in this example, is 144hz, and you can now go on your merry way knowing you have the correct Monitor settings.
If you're unsure about which cable is best for your current monitor, then check out our handy guide here on which cable is best for your monitor, hdmi or displayport?
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Posted in Guides & How To
Published on 26 Oct 2020
Last updated on 26 Oct 2020