How To Check Monitor Refresh Rate Windows 10

Atif Liaqat | Last Updated On July 19th, 2022

If you play competitive first-person shooting games, then refresh rate is a factor you need to check because if you own a high refresh rate monitor, you can have some slight advantage over the other players.

But, before knowing your monitor’s refresh rate, you first need to understand what it means and how to measure it.

I will try to make it as straightforward as possible, and it means how many times your monitor can refresh an image in a second or in a frame. For example, you own a 60 Hz monitor, which most of us have, so it means this monitor can refresh the image 60 times in a second.

It makes sense that the more times your image will refresh, the smooth and better gameplay experience you can enjoy. If you play competitive games, you can have a significant advantage if you own a high refresh rate monitor. But if you have a low refresh rate monitor, you can still overclock (see also how to check if CPU is overclocked)  the monitor to run it on high.

Their overclocking doesn’t mean giving your monitor extra voltage kidding! But there are settings in Windows which allow you to do so.

Doing that is not much difficult, and there is no rocket science behind that, but still, if you’ve never done that before, you need a little guidance on it to check and change your monitor’s refresh rate correctly.

So we are not going to waste more time on that and let’s start with checking the monitor refresh rate in Windows 10 or even in the older operating system though the processor might be slightly different.

What Refresh Rate Actually is?

This image is enough to know what the refresh rate is; as you can see at 60 Hz, the car is slightly blurry because the image is not updating much.

While at the same time, a 240Hz display makes it more clear makes it more smooth, and you can see the difference. Most of the time, maybe you will not focus on that, but when playing competitive games, you will feel that difference much.

How To Check Monitor Refresh Rate Windows 10

To check out the refresh rate in Windows 10, you need to follow the steps mentioned below.

  1. Right-click on anywhere on the Desktop.
  2. A pop-up will appear, and there you will found an option named Display Settings.
  3. A display properties window will appear, and you have to scroll down till the end, and there you will see an option “Advance Display Settings.”
  4. A new window will open, and you will see the Monitor tab on the top tabs.
  5. Now there, you will see the refresh rate currently your monitor is running on. Now, if you are not sure what settings you monitor supports, you can simply click on “hide options that are not available,” and this will only give you those refresh rates that you monitor supports.
  6. Choose your desire option and click on the apply button below.
  7. This will change the refresh rate now, and you even don’t need to restart the computer to see the effects.

If somehow you changed the refresh rate and your monitor doesn’t support, and you start seeing a monitor error message saying that “resolution not supported.” Wait for 15 seconds without pressing any key, and it will automatically revert the changes.


Changing or checking your monitor’s refresh rate is not a difficult task, mostly when you have done it before, but if not, you can easily do that with just a little guidance.

We all like to play games, but those who play in Esports or play competitive games need proper equipment (and 75hz won’t be enough), and getting an advantage for seconds can make them win the rounds. At that place, refresh rate plays an important role, which you need to know to improve your gaming experience.

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