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

Have you taken a new high refresh gaming monitor?

Are you worried about why it’s not giving you the performance you desired for?

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

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.

The most interesting thing is:

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

If you want to skip the rest of the part and go right to the process then click the button below.

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 these higher refresh rate monitor expensive?

Or do they provide any better picture quality?

The simple answer is:

Yes, generally a higher refresh rate monitor expensive than that of a normal one having all the same specs except the refresh rate part. But there is no relation of higher refresh rate with better picture quality. A better picture quality monitor has a lot of other matters to make it look good.

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Why Do You Need a Higher Refresh Rate Monitor?

Yes, this is obviously an important question.

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

Then why’d you choose a higher refresh monitor?

The answer is simple.

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.

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.

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In this post, I've given the 3 major steps to make your monitor run at 120Hz, 144Hz or even higher refresh rates:

Step 1: Confirming your Device’s 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 question might be:

How can I know a monitors refresh rate?

It’s easier than you thought.

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.

Another thing that might be puzzling through your mind is:

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. 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. 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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Step 2: Connecting your monitor to the PC with 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.

display-port cable

Step 3: Enabling 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.

Let’s not talk more and get right into the steps to make the wonderful thing happen: 

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 by searching it or by hitting the windows key then clicking on the settings button.

2.In the settings click on system.

3.When the new page appears click on display.

4.Here you’ll find an option named Advanced display settings. Open it.


5.Now you’ll able to see all your monitor’s properties. You’ll also find the refresh rate here. If it’s set to your desired one then congratulations you don’t need to do anything else. If it’s not, the next step is for you.

6.Click on the display adapter properties. And then open the monitor tab.

7. Below the monitor settings you’ll see a place to choose refresh rate. You can now select your desired refresh rate from here. Don’t worry this options will only show the refresh rates that your monitor can provide. Select it and click Apply then OK.


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’’ find the option to choose your desired refresh rate.

4.Select 144Hz or your desired one then press ok.

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


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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