It’s possible that you already know that increasing the clock speed of your computer’s processor or graphics card will increase its performance, but did you know that you can also overclock your monitor?
Increasing your monitor’s clock speed, often known as overclocking, can result in a faster refresh rate, which will ultimately make your experience more fluid. It is not difficult to increase the clock speed of a monitor, and in this post, we will discuss the process of increasing the clock speed of your display, as well as the benefits and hazards associated with doing so.
Overclocking Your Monitor: Risks
While overclocking your display is a great way to increase the performance of your device, there are a few things to keep in mind before we get started. If you plan on overclocking your computer, you should check to determine if doing so may void your warranty. It will in some instances. Be warned that if your display isn’t covered by warranty, you’re taking a risk with overclocking.
The internal hardware of your display is unlikely to be damaged by increasing the refresh rate, however the capabilities of each monitor vary. If you intend to keep overclocking your gaming monitor, seek for one that has the option to do so while shopping for a new one.
Overclocking has the potential to shorten the lifespan of a display. In theory, a faster refresh rate will only shorten the monitor’s lifespan by a small amount, but in practice, it demands a faster current that will raise the monitor’s energy output. As a result, your power supply will be drained and internal components will wear out as a result of the increased energy.
Overclocking Your Monitor: Benefits
To appreciate the advantages, it is sufficient to have a fundamental understanding of what a refresh rate is. The refresh rate of your monitor is the number of times per second that the image is refreshed, and in most cases, 60Hz is sufficient. However, better frame rates come with graphics cards that have a greater processing power. It is possible to obtain a screen tear, which results in a jittery experience, if the frame rate on your GPU is out of sync with your refresh rate (for example, if your refresh rate is 60 Hz and your frame rate is 120 FPS). You can get rid of some of this, though, by adjusting your refresh rate so that it is as close as possible to matching your frame rate.
Overclocking using Nvidia
No matter which graphics card you have installed in your system, overclocking is essentially the same process; however, we will detail both approaches below.
Overclocking your monitor is a rather straightforward process, as was just mentioned. You should begin by going to the control panel for your Nvidia graphics card (right-click on your desktop). The “Change Resolutions” page ought to load automatically whenever the app is opened. Scroll down until you reach the bottom of this page, then click the “Customise” box that’s located directly below “Resolution.”
Next, you will want to click the “Create Custom Resolution” button after selecting “Enable Resolutions Not Exposed by the Display.”
It is recommended that you maintain the settings the same and simply alter the “Refresh Rate” from this point on. You should begin by raising the total by 5 Hz at a time, and you should be aware that the majority of monitors, unless they specifically state differently, can go up to a maximum of 15 Hz. It is important to note that depending on your graphics processing unit (GPU), the type of connection you use (HDMI or DisplayPort), and the capabilities of your monitor, this number might occasionally be greater.
Overclocking using AMD
If you are working with an AMD graphics card, navigate to the Radeon settings of your computer, and then select the “Create” button that is located next to the “Custom Resolutions” option. It makes no difference whether you have a system from AMD or Nvidia; you should still only adjust your refresh rate in increments of 5Hz no matter what. After you have increased it to the point where the signal is lost and the screen reverts back to a refresh rate it can use, you can then increase it in increments of 1Hz to get the highest possible refresh rate.
If you’re going to overclock, take your time and be patient. Overclocking your monitor can be enticing, but it’s a recipe for disaster. In the long run, if you do it correctly, your viewing experience will be even better than before. Leave your questions on overclocking in the comments section below and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible!
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