How to Overclock Your Monitor

The refresh rate of a monitor is an essential aspect, as it has the role of updating your screen with new images each and every second. A higher refresh rate automatically means smoother and more pleasant visuals. If you’re into gaming, you’ll need to pay special attention to the refresh rate of your monitor, as it should be at least 75 Hz for such purposes.

Of course, a decent refresh rate is recommended for many tasks besides running games. If you haven’t quite made the right choice when buying your monitor, you can consider overclocking it in order to obtain a higher refresh rate.

How safe it is to overclock the monitor?

Although overclocking a monitor isn’t rocket science, you must keep in mind that doing so comes at your own risk. Possible issues could arise from this and may include reducing the life span of the monitor itself, or damaging the internal hardware of the gear in much rarer cases, and much more.

Overclocking the monitor won’t cost you money, but it will instead cost you in terms of color quality and the output on your screen. Also, it’s better to apply such a measure after the warranty of the monitor has expired. You wouldn’t want to run the risk of voiding your warranty. If you’re ok with these possible scenarios, then feel free to move on to see how to take the big step.

Your computer’s performance can vary depending on both the graphics card and processing system. Therefore, overclocking only the monitor might not grant you the desired outcome. At least when it comes to high-end gaming, having powerful hardware components is a “must”, and no overclocking for the monitor will successfully overcome the lack of a suitable GPU and CPU.

How to overclock using NVIDIA

Assuming you have a video card from NVIDIA, you first have to head for the control panel of the manufacturer by right-clicking on your desktop. The next step is to go to the ‘Change Resolutions’ page. Scroll down and click on the ‘Customize’ box that’s below “Resolution”.

The next move will be to hit the “Enable Resolutions Not Exposed by the Display” option and then choose “Create Custom Resolution”.

It’s recommended to only change the “Refresh Rate” and keep the rest of the settings as they already are. You should start by increasing the refresh rate gradually and put it to the test as much as you can.

How to overclock using AMD

It’s done by pretty much the same principle as in the case of graphic cards from NVIDIA. You can start by heading to the Radeon settings and select the “Create” option. The best and obvious continuation is to increase your refresh rate gradually by 5 Hz, just like for NVIDIA cards.

What exactly is overclocking?

To understand overclocking better, you must know that it’s all about clock rate. In other words, the speed a microprocessor uses for executing each task during a given cycle. Clock rates are usually measured in hertz (Hz), and one Hz means one tick per second. One GHz is equal to one billion ticks per second, and a tick is the switch of a signal that becomes active and inactive when an action is completed by the processor and the next one can take place.

The frequency of ticks becomes higher as the clock rate is faster. This also means that your device will execute instructions faster. The clock will “tick” at a higher rate when overclocking than it was initially created.

You’ll need nerves of steel as you’re gradually increasing the amount of Hz for overclocking a monitor. But ultimately, this is perhaps the best virtue we can have in life: patience.


About James Sterling

James Sterling received both his undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Southern California (USC). His Bachelor of Science was completed in Computer Science (Games) and his Master of Science was completed in Game Development. James spends his free time contributing on popular forums such as Tom's Hardware and AnandTech while hanging out with his cat Jonathan. Humorously, his favorite youtube channel is Jimquisition by Jim Sterling.

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