Jstar’s Chronicles #2 – Overclock Your… Monitor?

Time to take a look at what “overclockaholics” forget to check out.

Hey everyone, welcome to another edition of Jstar’s Chronicles! Here, we usually dive into one specific thing that’s cool, interesting, and may improve your measly life!

This time, we’re focusing on something you don’t really here often. You may understand overclocking, as it involves tuning your PC specifications to a higher frequency, allowing boosted performance in most cases. It may void your warranty or even shorten your PC’s general lifespan, but if you really need to reach that target frame rate, it’s a good way to do so for free.

We all should know that it’s possible to overclock your CPU, GPU, and even RAM… But what about your monitor?

Hate that you’re stuck on good ol’ 60 Hertz, knowing your computer can go further than that? What if I told you that your refresh rate, in most cases, is capable of going beyond what your factory out-of-the-box rate is set on? Not only that, but it does indeed work, and if set correctly, shouldn’t destroy your monitor.

DISCLAIMER: No one in Real Time Gamers Club’s staff is responsible for the destruction for the display you want to test this out on. While slight overclocking shouldn’t bring too much of a negative effect, it may indeed void your warranty. It may be for a reason when your monitor boots up at 60Hz when it could reach 75.

Before we get started, check out TestUFO to see where what your current refresh rate for your monitor is right now. Check out the steps below to get an understanding of what to do, depending on your GPU (running Windows):

Nvidia

  1. Go into your Nvidia Control Panel.
    1. If you can’t find it while searching, it should be in your main Windows Control Panel.
  2. Click on “Change Resolution”.
  3. Click on the “Customize…” button under your current resolutions.
    1. Make sure that “Enable resolutions not exposed by the display” is turned on.
  4. Click on “Create Custom Resolution…”, and set the “Refresh rate (Hz)” to a setting that’s 15Hz higher than your previous setting.
    1. For example, go from 60Hz to 75Hz. If it works, try 90. If it doesn’t, 75 might be your best bet, especially if it’s stable.
      1. As proof, I got awful flickering when set to 76, but 75 currently has no issues for me.
  5. Afterwards, click “Test” at the bottom of the window to see if your display works afterwards. If it does, great!

The above settings should work with most modern Nvidia GPUs; I tried a GTX 760 with it, and it worked fine. Some reasons why it may not work are as follows:

  • You may be using an old HDMI cable.
    • Newer formats (such as HDMI 1.4+) 2support higher refresh rates at higher screen resolutions.
    • Some websites have suggested to use a DVI Dual-Link cable for better effect, if your monitor can handle it.
  • Your monitor may be a little outdated.
    • If your monitor can run at a maximum of 75Hz, then your screen may have been a 75Hz display. It was most likely sold as making a separate 60Hz display would have been more costly compared to just re-releasing the one you have now.

AMD

There are also instructions for AMD graphics cards, but I can’t 100% verify them as I don’t own one myself. While you can see the full guide from our source below, I’ll try to summarize it myself:

  1. Download and install Custom Resolution Utility (CRU), created by ToastyX.
  2. Click “Add” under the Detailed Resolutions.
  3. Select “Automatic – LCD standard”, and ensure it’s on your monitor’s native resolution. You’ll see the Refresh Rate, along with interlacing at the bottom.

Conclusion

In most cases, is it worth it to overclock your monitor? Well, it depends on how far you go and what you’ll be taking advantage of. If you enjoy playing fast-paced games, you may enjoy a boost, even if it’s as small as 15 more hertz. On the other hand, if you truly care about whatever happens with your monitor, and all you do is general web browsing, along with watching videos at 60FPS (Frames Per Second) or lower, than it isn’t fully suggested to try this out, if only to see if your monitor/display supports it for future reference.

If you’ve decided to check out this, let us know how it went for you, and how far you went in increasing your Hertz.

Source: PC ADVISOR

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