How to Set 144Hz in your Monitor: The Simplest Tutorial

So, you have bought a monitor that claims to offer a refresh rate of 144Hz but actually doesn't run as advertised?

Don’t worry that just happened because you haven’t activated that higher refresh rate yet in your monitor.

How to check a monitors refresh rate?

Go to Settings and select the System Tab. Press the Advanced Display Settings to check the monitors refresh rate. For changing the refresh rate of the monitor, select Display Adapter properties and click on the Monitor Tab. Open the dropdown menu and select the desired screen refresh rate.

I’ve found out how you can activate higher refresh rate on your monitor.

Here I’ll share the whole process with you. And I really don’t want that you miss a single step and make it harder for you to do the task. So, make sure to read the post very carefully till the end.

What is 144Hz/ 120Hz/165Hz/240Hz in Monitor?


Before we go further let me just enlighten you by saying that what a higher refresh rate mean.
Generally all the monitors provide 60Hz refresh rate that means they show 60 frames in each second.

120Hz, 144Hz, 165Hz,240Hz monitors provides higher refresh rates than that of the usual 60Hz. They show more frames in each second. As a result, the user doesn’t miss frames and it really helps a lot in gaming. 

Your question might be:

Are higher refresh rate monitor expensive?

A higher refresh rate monitor is expensive than that of a normal one having all the same specs except the refresh rate. But there is no relation between higher refresh rate with better picture quality. A better picture quality monitor has a lot to offer.

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Why Do You Need a Higher Refresh Rate Monitor?

You can easily buy a big sized higher resolution monitor with the money that a higher refresh monitor costs. 

For getting the most out of your gaming performance.

Let me give you an example:

Let’s say you are playing a shooting game on a higher refresh monitor and you are definitely watching all your enemy’s movement very precisely.

Won’t it be much easier for you to shoot him?

Yes, here’s the point. The higher refresh rates of these gaming monitors provide you more frames every second to make sure that you don’t miss any single moment of watching your enemy’s movement.

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How to Enable 144Hz in Your Monitor

144Hz and 120Hz is now a well-known term for the gamers out there in the whole world.

At first these higher refresh rate monitors used to be very expensive. But now this monitors have become very affordable at least those of the 1080p monitors with 120Hz/144Hz.

The problem where most of the people get stuck is turning or activating the higher refresh rate profile in there monitor.

Actually there are 3 easy steps to confirm that your monitor is running at 144Hz.

Buying a 144Hz monitor doesn’t supply that advertised refresh rate just after taking it out of the box. It needs to be connected specially and activated in the settings on windows.

After following the steps I’ve given below you’ll not only be able to activate 144Hz in your monitor but also get the best results from your hardware.

So, here are the steps to set your monitor to 144Hz:

1. Confirm Device Compatibility

It is very obvious that if your monitor doesn’t support a higher refresh rate than 60Hz it won’t be able to run anything with that refresh no matter what you do for it. You monitor must be rated to supply that refresh rate to perform that superior task.

You can simply search for the monitors specifications on the internet and you’ll surely find it. If you see that your monitor’s refresh rate compatibility is more than 60/65Hz then you the next steps are for you otherwise not.

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Can I get higher refresh rate with monitor the only. Or are there any other factors to check for its compatibility?

This question needs to be answered in few steps. Here they are:

  1. You can still enable and enjoy higher refresh rates like 120Hz/ 144Hz although if you don’t have a graphics. But there is a condition the motherboard of your PC must be of newer(7th Generation+) with a display port on its I/O ports.
  2. On the other hand if you are using a poor performing graphics card which doesn’t come with any display port then you won’t be able to enable that higher refresh rate. So, you must require a good graphics card with at least one display port.
  3. Make sure that your graphics card’s drivers are up to date. It’s just a little task. Hope you don’t miss this.

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2. Use a Display Port Connector

Yes, it’s a mandatory task to enable 120Hz/144Hz or higher refresh rate on your computer. Only display ports and few of the DVI(Digital Visual Interface) ports can transfer higher refresh rate data than the basic 60Hz.

Be sure to check this step very cautiously. Your monitor won’t be able to enable the higher refresh rate feature until you connect your monitor to your PC via a display port.

The HDMI cables and the old VGA cables don’t support the feature of this higher refresh rate.
Another thing to notice that:


If your cable is not good enough or locally made it might not be able to do the task. So, make sure that you use the display port cable provided with your gaming monitor or atleast get a good quality one to make it work.

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3. Enable the higher refresh rate from the windows settings


This is the last step to enable higher refresh rate on your gaming monitor. And the process is pretty simple and straightforward. 

I have given two ways below to enable higher refresh rate of your monitor. One is for windows 10 users another is for windows 7/windows 8 users.

I’m going to show you how to enable 144Hz on your computer. Other refresh rates like 120Hz,165Hz, 240Hz etc. are done in the same way.

Why can't I set my monitor to 144hz?

The main reason why you cannot set monitor refresh rate to 144Hz is because of device incompatibility. You cannot increase the screen refresh rate to 144Hz If the monitor doesn’t support a higher refresh rate than 60Hz.

Enable 144Hz on Windows 10


To enable higher refresh rate than 60Hz in windows 10, you need to follow the given steps:

1. Go to the settings of windows 10 by searching it or by hitting the windows key then clicking on the settings button.

2. Click on System in the settings.

3. Open the Display tab.

4. Go to Display adapter properties>Monitor tab.

5. Choose 144Hz from the drop-down menu of screen refresh rate of monitor settings.

6. Hit Apply then OK to enable 144Hz on Windows 10.

NB: If you don’t find the options to choose 120Hz,144Hz or higher one’s then be sure to check step 1 and step 2 again.

Enable 144Hz on Windows 7/ Windows 8

1. At first right click on any blank space of your desktop. Then click screen resolution.

2. Select advance settings.

3. Here, in the monitor tab you'll find the option to choose your desired refresh rate.

4. Select 144Hz on your desired one then press OK.

That’s it. Your windows 7/8 PC is now running at a higher refresh rate than before.



Question: How to overclock my monitor?

Answer: Search for change display settings and open the display setting. then open display adapter properties then go to monitor Tab and choose a higher refresh rate than 60Hz.

Question: Does more refresh rate helps in gaming?

Answer: Obviously, higher refresh rate helps in gaming. If you are running a higher refresh rate monitor then you will not miss a single movement in the game which will help mostly in shooting games.

Question: What is the difference between a normal monitor and a gaming monitor?

Answer: A normal monitor comes with 60Hz refresh rate but  agaming monitor features a refresh rate that is more than 60Hz. Usually a monitor having 100Hz refresh rate or more is considered as a gaming monitor.

Question: What is the difference 60FPS and 144FPS?

Answer: 60 FPS is the traditional refresh rate of a normal monitor which show 60 images per second in your monitor. On the other hand 144hz is the feature of a gaming monitor. 144hz means it will show 144 images per second in your monitor whichis more than double of 60Hz. This feature will drastically improve your gaming performance.

Question: What is FPS in games?

Answer: FPS stands for Frames Per Second. In games the more is the FPS the more movement you will see which will result in upgrading your shooting skills in shooting games.

Final Thoughts

Now that you have enabled higher refresh rate. 

Your question might be:

How can I feel it instantly?

Simply, check it out by moving your mouse.

You will feel that you are seeing more images of the pointer than before.



You should be.

If you are still not sure, then follow the step 3 again and turn it back to 60Hz and see the difference. I’m sure that you will surely find difference.

This feature of your monitor will surely provide you better gaming performance. And your gaming skills will improve too for it.

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