Imagine you are an acid gamer and has finally decided to upgrade to a 144Hz or greater monitor, firstly we would like to congratulate you for your purchase and your gameplay experience should improve by a long shot, especially if you are coming from a standard 60Hz monitor.
But secondly and more importantly you need to configure your monitor correctly so you can enjoy all the smoothness that a high refresh rate monitor can provide you, and that is exactly what we are going to do in this tutorial, teach you how to configure your monitor so you can enjoy it all. This shouldn't take you longer than 10 minutos, so let's get it started.
How to active 100/120/144Hz+?
We are going to divide this tutorial in three steps which should be followed in the order we list them here, if you jump any of the steps below it might not work, so be sure to do them in the right order, let's begin.
1 - Use the correct display cable to connect your monitor
This is the first step to enjoy everything from the new screen you have just bought. Most monitor include the correct display cable in the box but in rare instances they don't, so be sure that you are connected using the correct one.
It is important to verify the cables as they have numerous generations and specifications, some support more stuff and others less, for instance the HDMI 1.0 Standard can only support up to 60Hz at 1920 x 1080 (Full HD resolution) whereas the newest HDMI 2.1 Standard can support up to 120Hz at 3840 x 2160 (4K resolution), which is a huge step in bandwidth performance considering they still use the exact same connector.
So just be sure you are using the correct cable, it might be a DisplayPort cable or an HDMI one, if both are included in the box take a look at your manual to know which one is best to use for performance sake and you should be good to go.
2 - Verify if you are at the display's native resolution
The next step is to verify if you are running your monitor at it's native resolution, and it is extremely simple to do so, in case you don't know what is the correct resolution you should select look at your product box or specifications online, basically all manufacturers leave that information in one of the two if not both places. All you have to do is go to your desktop space, right click on your mouse on any part of the wallpaper, and when the selection windows pops up select Display Settings.
When you select the option, a new fullscreen window you pop up, and that is exactly what we wanted. In this new window you should scroll down the page until you can find the Display Resolution option, click there and another selection window should appear but this time around with the resolutions that are supported by your monitor. Here you should choose the option that fits the description of the box or specifications that you looked at before, in my case my monitor is Full HD 144Hz, so the option I chose was 1920 x 1080, which is the recommended option in Windows as well.
Windows will not always pick the correct resolution as the "recommended" option, so don't go by that hint, always choose what the manufacturer states.
3 - Activate the Refresh Rate (the one that matches your monitor)
And now we finally arrive where the magic happens, we will now select the refresh rate that your monitor will run from now on. In here we are going to begin with the same step as before: go to your desktop space, right click on your mouse on any part of the wallpaper, and when the selection windows pops up select Display Settings. But now you will scroll down until you find the Advanced Display Settings.
After entering this submenu, first you must select the monitor you are going to be changing the refresh rate. This is import in case you have more than one monitor running on your setup, so just select the correct monitor and then go for Display adapter properties.
A new and small window will pop up, in this new window we are going to select the Monitor tab, in that tab we are going to find the Screen refresh rate option and choose that, a list will appear and in that list we are going to select the Hertz that match the ones of our monitors. In my case the correct option is 144 Hertz, but it can be 100Hz, 165Hz, 200Hz and so on.
And that is it, you should be good to go by now and enjoy all those extra frames being shown on your screen. If you are still in doubt about anything just hit us up in the comments, we always reply as soon as we see them. I hope you enjoyed this tutorial!