how to set monitor to 144hz

How To Set Monitor To 144HZ

Are you among those who think just purchasing and setting the monitor of 120hz/144hz will do its job? I'm sorry. You're missing a big thing that is setting the monitor's refresh rate. You need to do this; otherwise, the monitor you own will not run at its publicized refresh rate.

No worries, as I will make your job easy. Read through this article where I've mentioned the to-do's to set your monitor to 144hz.

Before getting into the main procedure of how to set monitor to 144hz, first get a clear understanding of what is a refresh rate and why it is important for a display.


This is a measure of how many times per second your display is able to fetch a new image. It is measured in hertz (Hz). So, it's necessary to see if your monitor is set at the publicized refresh rate and not a lower refresh rate.

Do you get my point? For example, The monitor you possess has a refresh rate of 144hz (refreshes the image 144times per second), but by default, the display is set to 60hz. So now your monitor will fetch new images at the rate of 60 times per sec instead of 144 Hz, which we don't want.

If you want to set your monitor to 144hz, the easiest way is to turn on the on-screen display settings (OSD) and see if it supports 144hz. If yes, select 144hz.


If you're running Windows 10, follow this:

  • Setting > System > show > Advanced show Settings > display adaptor Properties.
  • Then click the “Monitor” tab, select your monitor’s publicized refresh rate from the “Screen Refresh Rate” list, and click on “OK.”
  • Choose your monitor’s publicized refresh rate from the screen refresh rate list by win10 show setup Nvidia.

If you're running Windows 7 or 8, follow this:

Right-click the desktop and choose "Screen Resolution." Click the "Advanced Settings" and then click the "Monitor" tab and select the refresh rate from the "Screen Refresh Rate" box.

Check your monitor setting to visualize if it supports 144Hz

If this list doesn't show your monitor’s advertised refresh rate or if you are not able to get your monitor to stay configured at the advertised refresh rate follow the suggestions given below. 

Check Your Connection

Check these connections given below to get sorted by setting your monitor to its specified refresh rate.

  • Port

Make sure the monitor cable is in a good connection as you can't expect a high refresh rate using any old cable. Some monitors allow both HDMI and DisplayPort connections; however, as per my computer knowledge, HDMI's don't support a high refresh rate, so there are chances of getting a lower refresh rate when using an HDMI connection.

So I prefer to go with a DisplayPort cable if your monitor supports one. You can check your monitor's setup guide for more information.

  • Cable information measure

You can decide if you need to replace your DisplayPort cable/HDMI cable with a new one by seeing the following information:

A normal DisplayPort's resolution: up to 3840 x 2160 pixels @ 120Hz

Max bandwidth of a DisplayPort cable: 32Gbps.

HDMI 1.4 cable resolution: up to 4K @ 30Hz.

Max bandwidth of an HDMI 1.4: 10.2Gbps.

HDMI Connection
  • Cable quality

Purchase a DisplayPort cable that offers a higher bit rate and make sure if the cable is a certified one. In the case of HDMI cable users, ensure whether the cable is a "high speed" HDMI cable and not just an older "standard" one.

Are you asking whether you can use the cable your monitor came with? I'm happy that you popped out with this doubt. Well, You can, but I wouldn't guarantee those cables will do the needed job. Because I recently swapped my older DisplayPort cable to a newer one as my monitor showed a drop in its refresh rate and started to flicker.

On the whole, I would say go with the provided cable; in case you find these flickering issues purchase a high-quality one.

Just purchasing a high-quality one isn't enough; you need to connect them correctly. The cable connections should be firm. After buying a high-quality display port /HDMI cable, still, if you face flickering issues, try unplugging the cable and plug it back in.

Troubleshooting Tips

  • Check your computer’s GPU

Even after ensuring the cable connections are firm, if you still don't achieve the needed refresh rate, maybe you are not using the right GPU. See if the graphics card supports the monitor's resolution and refresh rate.

  • Update graphics drive

Try and install the most recent graphics card  from NVIDIA or AMD’s website.

  • Check for native resolution

Check the user manual to find your monitor's native resolution setting (Ben-Q qualified timings) because there are chances that the monitor may support a higher refresh rate only at its native resolution.

  • Change In-Game Setting

Maybe the game your playing uses a lower refresh rate. Yes, you guys know that the graphics settings of each game differ. So every time you install a new game, select your monitor's native resolution and set a refresh rate of 120/144 Hz in each games' graphics options menu.


I hope now you've understood the different chances behind your monitor's refresh rate drop. But it's never too late, right try fixing these issues and enjoy the smooth viewing experience.


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