How to Set Up a 144hz Monitor on Windows 10 (Nvidia)

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So you bought a 144hz monitor and you want to use it on your Windows 10 PC, in this tutorial you will learn how to set it up and enable higher refresh rates (144hz, 244hz, …) on your gaming monitor.

Why 144hz?

First, it’s a Fibonacci number, you know… the golden ratio stuff…

Secondly, it’s the multiplication result of these math operations: 72×2, 48×3, 36×4, 24×6, 18×8, 16×9, 12² (math satisfaction ^_^)

Thirdly, back to our monitor, the 144hz monitor…

Better Gaming Experience

One thing you will notice for sure when upgrading from 60hz to 144hz is a better gaming flow without motion blur or clipping frames.

You will be able (after you get used to a 144hz) to get better at your games, you will be able to hit more enemies and get more frags in general…

Most pro players use 144hz or 240hz monitors because this enables them to get a full gaming experience because our human eyes can detect 150 FPS and a 144hz feels more natural to the eyes than a 60hz monitor.

Smoothness for the Eyes

Using a 60hz monitor can be hard for daily use & gaming and even if your graphics card is getting you 300 FPS for example you are limited to a 60 FPS because your monitor is only running at 60hz.

If you are looking for comfort and smoothness you better upgrade to at least a 144hz monitor… you will notice the big change and your eyes will stop missing those CS: GO clutches…

What Cables are 144hz Compatible?

In case you are wondering why your 144hz isn’t getting you the full 144hz in settings this can be caused by using the wrong cable or plugging it into the wrong port…

Here are the cables that are supported for a 144hz or 240hz monitor:


This is the most recommended option if you are using a dual-monitor setup, most 144hz monitors will come with a DisplayPort that you can use to connect them to your graphics card.

DVI Dual Link

If you don’t have a DisplayPort on your graphics card, then use a DVI with the condition that it’s a Dual Link version, other versions won’t work.

HDMI 1.4 (or better)

This is the least recommended option because HDMI cables are not secure enough and any pull-force will take them off the port… you can only use HDMI 1.4 or better…

How to Upgrade to 144hz in NVIDIA Control Panel

In my case, I wasn’t able to set my new monitor to 144hz because I didn’t upgrade the monitor in my NVIDIA Control Panel…

To do this head to your Desktop and right-click anywhere and choose “NVIDIA Control Panel.”

Click on “Change resolution” in the list and select 1920 x 1080 and choose the maximum Refresh rate, in my case 144Hz. Click “Apply.”

How to Change Refresh Rate to 144hz on Windows 10 PC

Now open your Display settings, you can do this from your Desktop’s context menu.

Rearrange your displays so your gaming monitor (high refresh rate) is set to Display 1. Click “Apply” to save the new setting.

Now scroll down and go to “Advanced display settings.”

Click on “Display adapter properties for Display 1.”

Go to the “Monitor” tab and choose your new refresh rate from the Monitor Settings dropdown menu. Click “OK.”

Now you will have the opportunity to enjoy the smoothness of your gaming monitor!

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