How to Test and Set the Refresh Rate on a Computer Monitor

How to Check Monitor Refresh Rate (Test & Set)

Published on: August 7, 2022
Last Updated: August 7, 2022

How to Check Monitor Refresh Rate (Test & Set)

Published on: August 7, 2022
Last Updated: August 7, 2022

Are you keen on learning how to check monitor refresh rates, but don’t know how?

You are at the right spot.

Here’s all you need to know about testing refresh rates and how to adjust them in Windows.

If you’ve lately been in the market for a computer monitor, you may have seen how important refresh rates are in the marketing of these devices.

The explanation for this is quite clear. With the rapid expansion of the media business, technology companies are under pressure to enhance and refine the hardware they offer in order to deliver the best possible experience to their customers.

Provided that the refresh rate of your monitor has a considerable impact on its overall performance, you must know how to evaluate its setting accurately.

Thankfully, a refresh rate test can be performed in a few simple steps.

The refresh rate of your monitor is calculated in hertz (Hz) and it tells us how quickly the image on the screen can be refreshed.

If you have a 144Hz monitor, for instance, it can refresh its display 144 times per second. Generally speaking, the higher the refresh rate, the smoother the video.

While changing the refresh rate isn’t exactly rocket science, it might be a bit challenging if you’ve never done it before. As a result, we’ve put together this article on how to check and alter the refresh rate on a computer monitor.

Let’s not spend any more time and get right into it!

How to Check Monitor Refresh Rate Online through Testufo

Testufo is a common tool for determining monitor refresh rate, frame skipping, ghosting, G-SYNC, and FreeSync, among other things. Its tools are free and easy to use and don’t require any installation because it runs in a web browser.

Testufo compares different frame rates. If you’re using a 120Hz display, the test will automatically add 120 frames per second to the comparison between 30 and 60 frames per second. It’s simple to operate and you won’t have any problems figuring out the refresh rate.

How to Change Monitor Refresh Rate in Windows

With last year’s update, you can now directly check or change the refresh rate of your display in the settings.

Step 1: To begin, right-click on the desktop and select Display settings from the pop-up menu. You can also visit the settings and go to the System section and choose Display.

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Step 2: Scroll down to the bottom of the menu in the Display settings section and click Advanced display settings.

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Step 3: Search for a new section named Refresh Rate in the Advanced display settings section. Then, select it from the drop-down option. You must pick and confirm the appropriate refresh rate in the new menu.

Step 4: For 15 seconds, Windows will test the new refresh rate. If the image is perfect, choose Keep Settings; otherwise, choose Revert. Of course, if you wait until the 15-second timer expires, Windows settings will revert to their former state.

You may dismiss the options area after you’re happy with your refresh rate.

The steps are a little different if you are using an older version of windows. After going to the Advanced display settings section, you will need to click on the Display adapter properties from the bottom.

Lower the adapter’s TAB and choose “List all patterns.” Choose the one you want and press OK to switch to the new refresh rate.


  • What is the difference between FPS and refresh rate?
  • Frame Rate is measured in frames per second (FPS) and is frequently used to assess a gaming PC’s hardware capabilities.

    The refresh rate of a display is measured in Hertz (Hz) and indicates how rapidly it can refresh an image.

    The greater the refresh rate, similar to FPS, the smoother the game or movie will seem.

  • Why is a higher refresh rate important?
  • A higher refresh rate not only enables a device’s display to keep up with the gaming action and decreases the motion blur in a video, but it can also make navigating the interface more responsive than on a monitor with a lower refresh rate.

    Final Thoughts

    As a user, you are responsible for manually selecting and changing displays.

    Color accuracy, display quality, and performance, all can be improved if you change the refresh rate.

    So there you have it people, our simple guide on how to check monitor refresh rates.

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    Written by Jason Wise

    Hello! I’m the editor at EarthWeb, with a particular interest in business and technology topics, including social media, privacy, and cryptocurrency. As an experienced editor and researcher, I have a passion for exploring the latest trends and innovations in these fields and sharing my insights with our readers. I also enjoy testing and reviewing products, and you’ll often find my reviews and recommendations on EarthWeb. With a focus on providing informative and engaging content, I am committed to ensuring that EarthWeb remains a leading source of news and analysis in the tech industry.