You should already know that you can boost your computer’s performance by overclocking your processor or graphics card, but did you know that you can overclock your monitor as well?
Indeed, overclocking your monitor is a thing. And it’s wonderful. Unlike GPU or CPU overclocks, overclock displays are typically very stable. If your monitor can handle an overclock, it can run at a higher refresh rate. It’s a fair chance you’ve got a 60 Hz display like most people. In most instances, 60 Hz displays can be overclocked to a maximum 75Hz.
And in this article, we’re going to talk about everything you need to know about overclocking your monitor, like how to overclock your monitor, or if it’s safe to overclock your monitor, if you want to know these stuff, then read this post to the very last.
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How does the overclocking of a monitor impact gaming?
Knowing the advantages is understanding what a refresh rate is. The refresh rate of your displays is how often a second the image is refreshed and sometimes 60Hz is more than enough. Yet higher frame rates come with higher graphics cards. If the frame rate on your GPU is out of line with your refresh rate (60Hz +130 FPS), you will get a screen tearing.
In general, you can get a much smoother experience if you are using a higher refresh rate monitor.
Risks of Overclocking Your Monitor
Before we all get started on how to overclock your monitor, it’s best to consider the drawbacks our equipment can have and any unnecessary dangers that can come with overclocking. Until you overclock something, it’s wise to search your warranty to see if it’s discontinued. It’s going to be in some situations.
Overclocking would not do too much damage to your monitor, so if it is not protected, be mindful that you continue to do so at your own risk.
The risks of damaging your monitor with overclocking are very slim, but this depends on the quality of the monitor as a high-end monitor has a much smaller chance of damaging your monitor and, on the other hand, low-end monitors have a much higher risk of damage due to overclocking.
The biggest risk of overclocking your monitor is that the life span of your monitor could be shortened.
How To Overclock Your Monitor
First, you need to open the Nvidia Control Panel, right-click your desktop, and then click the Nvidia Control Panel to open it.
When you’ve opened it, you should be on the “Change Resolutions” tab. From this tab, scroll down and pick the “Customise” box under “Resolution”
Next, you want to “Enable Resolutions Not Exposed by the Display” and press “Create Custom Resolution”
From that now, it’s better to keep the settings the same and adjust the “Refresh Rate” only. Start by rising 1 Hz at a time and know that most monitors will be up to 5 to 10Hz max until they specifically say otherwise. It’s worth noting that in some situations this could be higher based on your GPU, the type of connection (HDMI/DisplayPort), and the capabilities of your monitors.
If you are using the AMD GPU, you will obtain similar results using the AMD Radeon Settings program. Right-click the icon in your taskbar and follow these instructions.
- Right-click on the desktop and select AMD Radeon Settings.
- Click on the Display tab.
- Next to custom resolutions, click create.
- Change the refresh rate to your desired level.
- Click Save.
For All GPUs
This is one of the older approaches that may not be consistent with all GPUs or integrated Intel graphics. However, it seems to fit very well for AMD graphics. You can download it here, and once installed, it’s an easy method to adjust your refresh rate.
- Open CRU
- You’ll see two boxes, one for detailed resolutions and standard resolutions.
- Under detailed resolutions, click add.
- Click on timing and change it to LCD standard.
- Change refresh rate to something above the standard value, a good start is an increment of 5Hz.
- Click OK.
- Reboot your PC.
Next, you’ll need to adjust the refresh rate for Windows 10, the measures that apply to every other overclocking process.
- Right-click on the desktop and select Display settings.
- Click on advanced display settings.
- Scroll down and select display adapter properties.
- On the monitor, the tab selects the desired refresh rate from the drop-down box.