Do you want to increase the frequency of your monitor to increase the FPS (frame per second) of the games? We teach you how to overclock a monitor and graphics card for better performance on your games, movies etc.
How to overclock a monitor to increase FPS in games?
Overclocking the monitor, as well as the graphics card or the processor, is possible through the appropriate methods. As a general rule, most 60, 75, 144 or 240 Hz monitors support a higher amount of Hertz even though the frequency is limited as standard. Fortunately, we can resort to methods that allow us to overclock a monitor with a certain degree of security, as long as we stay within the range supporting the screen.
A few weeks ago we showed you how to overclock the processor. Later we collected several tricks to improve the performance of games in Windows 10. This time we will teach you how to easily overclock the monitor on any of the Nvidia, AMD and Intel graphics cards available.
Before overclocking the monitor
Before starting the overclocking process to raise the Hz and FPS of a monitor we must take into account a series of previous considerations.
The first of them is based on carrying out the process in a staggered way to reduce the impact it may produce on the monitor. On screens with 60 Hz, it is advisable to raise the Hz two by two to avoid saturating the monitor. Once we reach the limit amount supported by the monitor, it will stop emitting image. It will be then when we have to set the amount to a lower figure than the limit amount.
Another aspect that we must take into account is based on the physical limit of our graphics card and the cables that connect the computer and the monitor. If our graphics card is low-end or the cable used does not support frequencies beyond 60 Hz, as is the case with VGA cables, most likely the monitor does not show the hertz it indicates.
To check it, we can access the TestUFO website. Once inside, we will take a photograph with the mobile of the moving image shown on the page. In the event that moving object jitters are displayed at the monitor’s maximum FPS, it is most likely not operating at the indicated hertz. If, on the contrary, a wake of the object is shown, then it will be running at the indicated frequency.
Finally, it should be noted that the process to increase the frequency of a monitor will vary depending on whether we have an Nvidia, Intel or AMD graphics card.
How to overclock a monitor with a NVIDIA graphics card?
In case of having an Nvidia card, and therefore, with the Nvidia drivers installed in Windows, the first thing we will have to do is access the Nvidia Control Panel by right clicking on the system Desktop, as you can. see in the picture.
Once inside, we will click on the option to Change the resolution in the side menu and then we will select our monitor in the corresponding section to click on the Customize button. The next thing we will have to do is click on Create custom resolution and enter the desired hertz value in the Hz field. As we have mentioned previously, it is advisable to raise this figure little by little to test the capacity of the monitor by clicking on Test.
When we have found the ideal amount, we will close the window and the custom resolution will automatically be saved. To apply it, we just have to go back to the Change the resolution section and select the previously saved resolution. In Update frequency we will select the amount indicated so that the changes are applied correctly.
How to overclock a monitor with an AMD graphics card?
The process on a computer with an AMD graphics card is very similar to that of Nvidia graphics cards. To do this, the first thing we will have to do is right click on the Desktop and select the AMD Radeon Settings option.
Once inside, we will click on the Screen or Monitor section and later in Custom Resolution. The process from now on is identical to that of Nvidia: we will indicate the amount of hertz of the monitor little by little and we will click Save. If we have already found the maximum amount of Hz for the monitor, we will have to access the Display Settings by right-clicking on the Desktop and clicking on Advanced Display Settings. Next, we will give Show the properties of the display adapter and select in Screen refresh rate the hertz previously stored in the AMD Radeon program.
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How to overclock a monitor with an Intel graphics card
If we have an Intel graphics card, or any AMD or Nvidia graphics card that does not support overclocking natively, we will have to resort to a third-party program to increase the frequency of the monitor in Windows.
The program in question is called the Custom Resolution Utility (CRU) and once downloaded we will unzip it in a folder on the Desktop as if it were a common program. With everything ready, we will execute the CRU.exe file and select our monitor in the drop – down menu at the top of the program. Next, we will click on the Add button and we will indicate the desired amount of Hz in the Refresh rate section. Since the program does not have an option to test the indicated frequency, it is best to go little by little to apply the hertz and modify them later if necessary.
When we have indicated the desired amount, we will click on Ok and close the program to double click on the restart.exe or restart64.exe file (if we have Windows 10 64-bit, we will have to click on the second one) so that the resolution is apply. In case we want to apply it permanently, the process is the same as in AMD graphics cards.
In summary, we will right click on the Desktop to access the Advanced Settings screen. In Update frequency we will indicate the new frequency to apply it definitively in Windows.