A guide to overclocking a monitor to achieve higher refresh speeds and smoother gaming

Many people know what overclocking of a CPU and graphic cards mean. Overclocking of a monitor is a slightly different procedure, too, which needs to be mentioned, as well. This is a rather easy way of raising your screen’s refresh rate to enable you with a more enjobale gaming experience.

There is no danger in overclocking a monitor. Typically, manufacturers decrease its clock and refresh speeds, as this helps it run easily and steadily, avoiding issues with some PCs. However, nowadays some companies produce monitors that work a bit quicker than the average 60 Hz refresh speed, something around 75Hz. Certain gaming monitors come with higher prices, but at higher refresh rates, too: 120, 144, 160, 165, 200 Hz.

Advantages of overclocking

A display’s refresh speed is defined by the number of images/ frames it can show in 1 second. The higher this speed, the smoother the gaming experience due to less screen tearing. Such situations take place when a graphics card is exporting a higher refresh speed than your screen’s capacity, e.g. during a game of the fourth edition of Battlefield, the graphics card may be outputting 100 frames-per-second (fps)- equivalent to 100Hz. Your display is likely to only handle sixty of both. As a consequence, forty frames are lost, and a ‘tear’ in the image produced appears.

Warning

Before we begin explaining overclocking in detail, you should be aware that your monitor’s warranty is very likely to become invalid after this process. You may agree that the probability of technical issues rising in the near future is pretty low, which should not cause any concerns from your side. Nevertheless, we wanted to ensure that you consider this before embarking on the procedure.

Every computer display never deals with overclocking similarly. To illustrate, our team tested Ben Q RL2460H-1, and it managed 75Hz (15Hz higher than its in-built Hz rate). Meanwhile, a single-DVI-input QNIX QX2710 with the same average rate will even hit 110Hz on a good day. Our article is meant to help you decide on and test the abilities of your monitor, but we cannot say with 100% confidence that all computer displays will go through overclocking successfully. Certain displays are able to hit higher refresh speed due to changing specific timings. But this varies from one model to another, so there is not much point in discussing more explicitly.

3 Comments
  1. Reply C.K. 02.12.2016 at 14:00

    I`m determined to overclock my monitor. I`ve had a good think about it and if something goes wrong i`m not gonna blame the author of the article, so no worries 😉 If i have a chance to improve the speed i will certainly use it. I guess it`s worth trying as i`m not planning to get a new pricey monitor at the moment. Sometimes we all should take a risk to achieve some results 😉

    • Reply hulk03 15.12.2016 at 19:55

      Heyyy! What can possibly go wrong? 😉 Every gamer dreams of improving this kind of things. I already did it and it turned out all right. So i`ve been enjoying a better game-quality for a while. The overclocking is worth trying for sure. You will see that it can be done easily and you will be amazed with the results. Believe me 😉 Don`t worry, it won`t get worse at any case.

  2. Reply V1977 20.12.2016 at 13:27

    This is a great trick despite it may not work for some of the monitor models… But still it gives a chance to save quite a lot of pounds on buying a new one. When reading your articles i get a feeling like everything can be fixed and improved by ourselves. All we need is just to be a little bit clever 😉 Doubt is not a great helper in this case because you`ll never know how good something can be until you try it. Definitely i`m gonna try and achieve a higher refresh speed. It would be very interesting to see if my computer can work better. But if i fail i won`t be too upset as i`ve read this stuff carefully and i do realize that there`s no 100% guarantee 😉

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