Have you ever noticed after buying a new monitor or after a fresh O.S. install the refresh rate of monitors is automatically set at 60Hz, no matter how higher your monitor support? If you are also facing this issue, then don’t worry, after reading this post, fixing it will be a piece of cake for you.
Why Do Monitors Stuck At 60Hz?
Monitor mostly stuck at 60Hz because of using older versions of cables (like HDMI) for connecting it with the PC or any other device. Moreover, new monitors are often set at 60Hz, which can be manually increased from Settings>Display>Advanced Display Settings>Display Adapter Properties>Monitor>set Hz.
So, the first thing I like to see while getting these types of issues: at how much refresh rate the monitor is currently running. Suppose if you have bought a 144Hz display and in the first boot it is running at 60Hz, then after checking the refresh rate you can easily know that you have to increase it.
However, this is preferable for those who haven’t used monitors with that refresh rate before (in other words bought a new monitor). Otherwise, if you are used to the maximum refresh rate (144Hz in this case), if it somehow lowers to 60Hz you can quickly notice it while using.
You will feel some sort of lag or not fast enough as before. This leads us to the first point:
New Monitors or After A Reboot:
If you have bought a new monitor with a higher refresh rate and have not used that much refresh rate before in monitors, then you should check if it is running at its full potential (refresh rate, resolution, response time, etc) or not after installing.
You can easily check and change it from Settings>Display>Advanced Display Settings>Display Adapter Properties>Monitor> check the refresh rate.
Also, you should check it after reinstalling the windows or other operating systems, changing the GPU.
Now, what if you have bought a monitor of 144Hz refresh rate still when you try to increase it (following the method I have told above) the 144Hz option isn’t showing in your monitor. Don’t worry, it is also a common but small problem that users get often. Here is why?
Old HDMI Cable:
Although HDMI cables are weaker they’re still used on a huge amount over display port cables. Still, if you are using the latest HDMI cables for connecting your monitor with the PC, then you might not face issues or performance differences.
But if you are using old HDMI cables variants, they can give significantly less refresh rate and response time on higher resolution.
Let’s have a look what are some of the latest HDMI versions and how much performance they can give:
|HDMI Version||Max Resolution||Refresh Rate|
As you can see on the table if you choose below HDMI 2.0, it can’t even give 60Hz on 4K resolution.
So, it is pretty important to have at least HDMI 2.0 or preferably HDMI 2.1 if you are using a very high-end monitor with a higher resolution and refresh rate.
Also, if you really want to go for the best, HDMI is even not the best option in monitors with higher refresh rates and resolution, rather connecting them to through display ports can give the best performance.
Lack Of/Old Drivers:
Usually, computers need graphics divers to display at the best specs possible from the parts like monitor, GPU, etc. But if the user forgot to install these drives after a fresh boot or got outdated over time, in this case installing or updating the drivers will give the full performance.
This is another reason because of which monitors are usually stuck at 60Hz.
Till now I have discussed what are the main reasons because of which monitors stuck at a lower refresh rate, now let’s also have a look at how you can actually fix them.
Fix: Monitor Stuck At 60Hz
After understanding why monitors show lower refresh rates, applying the fix is pretty simple, here is how you can fix it:
Manually Increasing The Refresh Rate:
As I have discussed above, you can check or change the refresh rate of your monitor from settings. So, to manually increase the refresh rate, do this:
- Go to Settings>Display and Advanced Display Settings.
- From there, scroll below and click on Display Adapter Properties and select Monitor.
- Then you can adjust the refresh rate by selecting the Hz.
You can also see at what Hz or refresh rate your monitor is currently running from there. Now, what if you can’t see the highest refresh rate here.
For example, if you have a 144Hz monitor, you are only seeing the 60Hz option in display adapter properties, then what? How to enable a higher refresh rate which you monitor is capable of. Check below fixes:
Graphics drivers are very important. If you haven’t installed the drivers, then more likely you can see this issue. Also, after reinstalling windows (any operating system) you have to install these drivers again.
If you are still not seeing the refresh rate, then check drivers, if they are installed properly or need an upgrade.
Change From HDMI to DP:
As I have discussed above, connecting through display cable is much more reliable and gives better performance than HDMI.
Especially, Old versions of HDMI cables especially can’t give good refresh rates in higher resolution. That’s why, if you are not seeing the Hz (which your monitor supports), then just switch over to display port rather HDMI.
Frequently Asked Questions:
How To Get 60Hz To 144Hz?
You can increase the refresh rate from display settings. But if you are not seeing the 144Hz option (monitor is capable of that) then first, you should check to move to display port rather HDMI and if all the drivers are installed properly.
Why Can’t You Get 144Hz On monitor?
It is possible for 144Hz monitors to not display 144Hz if drivers are missing or have cable issues. Otherwise, if everything is correct, it is pretty easy to get the maximum (144Hz) out of a 144Hz monitor.
I hope after reading this post, your queries about why higher resolution monitors stuck at 60Hz are cleared. Make sure to contact me if you have any further questions. See you in the next one, be techy:)
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