How To Overclock Your PC Monitor

How To Overclock Your PC Monitor

You may wonder why you have to overlook your PC monitor sometimes. In this article, I will show you some tips to successfully overlock your monitor. Firstly, you should know about the refresh rate. The refresh rate is the number of times per second that an image is displayed on a screen that needs to be regenerated to prevent flicker when viewed by the human eye.

For example, a 60Hz monitor will refresh its image 60 times every second, or 144Hz will refresh 144 times per second. It is claimed that a higher refresh rate is better. 

You may think of the capability of capturing images of the human eye. Although our eyes and brain only see at about 24fps, we are able to perceive more excellent refresh rates than that.

Can any monitor do it?

It depends on your panel to decide whether you increase the refresh rate or not. You may know that the display panels are not equally created even in identical pannels.

Therefore, remember to check your panel specs first. Some producers may have applied to overclock to their products already, so it can be risky if you try to push the limits even further.

How to overclock your monitor

It is not difficult to overlook your monitor if you follow the steps suggested below. It is straightforward and effortless. You can consider using either CRU, software from AMD, NVIDIA, or Intel. You do not need to worry because these suggestions are used for free. 

CRU - Custom Resolution Utility

CRU stands for Custom Resolution Utility; this method seems to be very old that people all know about it. Therefore, it sometimes cannot be compatible with all GPUs or integrated Intel graphics that your PC has, but it can work well with AMD graphics. You can download it then do the following steps to change up your refresh rate.

  • Step 1: Open CRU
  • Step 2: Then you may see two boxes, one for detailed resolutions and another for standard resolutions.
  • Step 3: Click add right under detailed resolutions
  • Step 4: Choose timing and change it to LCD standard.
  • Step 5: Start at 5Hz.
  • Step 6: Choose OK.
  • Step 7: Restart your PC.

Secondly, you'll need to change the refresh rate in Windows 10, which applies to any other overclocking method.

  • Step 1: Right-click on the desktop and select Display settings.
  • Step 2: Click on advanced display settings.
  • Step 3: Scroll down and select display adapter properties.
  • Step 4: On the monitor, the tab selects the desired refresh rate from the drop-down box.

Once you push the limit over its limit, the screen won't display anything and revert to old settings after 15 seconds.

Using AMD Radeon settings

Besides, you can use achieve similar results by using the AMD Radeon Settings application. Click on its icon in your taskbar and follow the following steps:

  • Step 1: Click on the desktop and choose AMD Radeon Settings.
  • Step 2: Click on the Display tab.
  • Step 3: Click to create.
  • Step 4: Change the refresh rate to your expected level.
  • Step 5: Click Save

Follow the steps above and restart your computer after changing your custom refresh rate.

Using NVIDIA control panel

Another way to overlook your monitor is using the NVIDIA control panel. These steps are pretty similar to when we use AMD settings. Especially with the NVIDIA control panel, you can test your created settings before applying the process.   

  • Step 1: Select the NVIDIA control panel.
  • Step 2: Notice to expand the display menu.
  • Step 3: Click change resolution and create a custom resolution.

Using Intel graphics

Moreover, you can also use Intel's graphics to create custom resolutions and refresh rates quickly.

  • Step 1: Choose to open the Intel HD graphics control panel.
  • Step 2: Then click Display.
  • Step 3: Click on custom resolutions on the left.
  • Step 4: Enter your width, height, and expected refresh rate.
  • Step 5: Click add.

Once your display can't go any further, there is no surprise that you may be prompted, but then you can quit or try again. If you can lock in successfully, hit the steps above to ensure that you've got the new one selected.

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