How to Set Up a 144hz Monitor on Windows 10/7/8/8.1 & Linux

So you’ve just bought a new 144hz monitor, but there’s one problem: it doesn’t work with your computer. Maybe you’re using Windows 10 or an old version of Windows that doesn’t support the display mode.

Or maybe you’re running Linux and don’t know how to set up the monitor properly. No matter what operating system you use, this tutorial will show you how to set up your 144hz monitor on any computer!

This tutorial is for all users – whether they are beginners or experts at setting up monitors!

Before Settings up 144hz on your monitor make sure your monitor supports 144hz, here’s a quick guide on how to check it;

Is My Monitor 144Hz?

First, let’s double-check whether or not your monitor is 144hz compatible.

In Windows

If you’re on Windows, right-click on your desktop and click “Screen Resolution”.

If the text next to the monitor icon says “144Hz”, then it works!

If Using NVIDIA Graphics Card

Go into NVIDIA Control Panel by right-clicking on your desktop then click “NVIDIA Control Panel”.

Make sure that the resolution is set to 144hz in there.

In Linux

If you’re using Linux (specifically Ubuntu), open up a terminal and type in “xrandr” without the quotations.

The command will list out all of your displays along with their resolution and refresh rate.

The ones that work at 144hz will say “Linked” under the frequency section between brackets (e.g.) [48.000MHz].

You can also try pressing Ctrl + Alt + F7 to switch to the other display if you have multiple monitors.

Then change the frequency of both displays, and see which one says 144hz in the frequency section (e.g.) [48.000MHz].

Now that you’ve checked whether or not your monitor is 144hz compatible, let’s continue setting it up!

Why 144hz?

The market has been flooded with 144hz monitors in recent years, and this is because they have a big advantage over 60hz. In case you don’t know, Hz stands for “Hertz” or “cycles per second”.

The most common monitor frequency is 60 Hz which refreshes the screen sixty times each second.

However, 144 Hz refreshes the screen twice as fast – so you get seventy-six per cent more FPS!

This means smoother graphics overall, especially with games that are graphically demanding.

An added benefit of 144 Hz vs 60 Hz is that it helps with motion blur.

While many people may consider motion blur to be an effect added by game designers to make things look pretty, it actually occurs when the frame rate of your monitor and graphics card don’t match.

For example: If you’re playing a game and turning around quickly, sometimes there will be remnants of your previous frame on the screen – it’s like looking at an old-style flipbook!

By matching your FPS to your refresh rate, you can get rid of this issue altogether.

Even if you don’t play games that require high FPS, you’ll still benefit from a higher refresh rate monitor – everything looks smoother with more frames per second.

Not all 144 Hz monitors are created equal!

The truth is, just because a monitor says it has a 144hz refresh rate doesn’t mean it actually performs anywhere close to that specification.

That’s why you should always look for monitors that have a high-quality strobe backlight called NVIDIA® ULMB™.

ULMB is short for Ultra Low Motion Blur, and it makes a huge difference with motion blur and ghosting.  It’s definitely worth spending a little extra to get a monitor with this feature!

If even after setting your monitor to 144hz, you see a lag, then make sure you check this guide: Increase Steam Games Performance, because the issue may something else, which i hope will be solved in that guide.

Setting up your 144hz monitor on Windows 10

Here are the steps you need to take if you’re running Windows 10:

Step 1. Go to “Settings” in the Windows menu.

Step 2. Click on “Devices”.

Step 3. Scroll down and select your monitor, then click on “Advanced display settings”.

Step 4. Click on the drop-down box under Resolution, and change it to 144hz – twice as fast as 60hz!

Setting up your 144hz monitor on an old version of Windows (7,8 & 8.1)

If you’re running anything lower than Windows 10, you can still set up a 144hz monitor with these steps:

Step 1.  Right-click anywhere on your desktop and go to “Graphics Properties”.  Click on “List All Modes” at the bottom of this window.

Step 2. You should see a list of resolutions – find the one that reads “144” and click on it.

Step 3. When you do this, your monitor should automatically select that resolution and restart itself.

Setting up your 144hz monitor with Linux

If you’re running Linux for some reason and want to set up a 144hz monitor, here are the steps you need to take:

Step 1. Open a terminal window by pressing Ctrl+Alt+T or searching for the terminal in your app launcher.  

Step 2. Type in xrandr and press Enter.  

Step 3. Find your display in the long list and note the name given to it – this should be something like DVI-I-0.

Step 4. Now we’re going to set this monitor to 144hz: type in to “1440 990 60 “and then press Enter.

If you can’t find a resolution that reads “144” in step 2, try different numbers after 1440 (increasing or decreasing by ten) until you find the one you need.  

You may have to reboot before it works.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Why is it bad to have different FPS and refresh rates?

Sometimes, you’ll have two screens with different refresh rates – for example, one may be 144hz while the other is 60hz.  
Theoretically, these numbers should add up to 144 since they’re both technically “144 Hz” monitors.  
However, this isn’t how it works in practice: You need them to match (something like 75fps and 75hz) or you get ghosting on your display – remnants of your previous frame that weren’t deleted by the new frame quickly enough – kind of like when people play old Nintendo games on a new HD TV!

Why does my monitor say “out of range”?

If you’re getting messages on your screen that says your monitor is out of range, it means the resolution you have it set to doesn’t support 144hz.
In this case, change the resolution until you find one that does – try 60 or 75 first before trying other numbers.

Why isn’t my monitor turning on when I switch to a higher refresh rate?

If your monitor won’t turn back on after changing its refresh rate, open up NVIDIA Control Panel and go to “Manage 3D Settings”.
Scroll down to “Power Management Mode” and make sure it’s set to “Maximum Performance” so there are no power saving options interfering with the settings we changed!  

Why is my monitor flickering when I set it to 144hz?

A. Flickering most often occurs on old hardware that doesn’t support high refresh rates – this includes most older monitors and integrated graphics cards (Intel HD 3000, for example).
If you’re using an integrated GPU, we recommend upgrading or switching to a dedicated GPU that supports 144hz.
You can also try booting up in a safe mode and setting the refresh rate to 60hz here: if your screen no longer flickers in safe mode, it’s definitely a software compatibility issue!  
On Windows 10 you may need to change the resolution as well before this works; otherwise, it will boot back up at 60hz after you reboot.  


By following this guide, I believe you can effectively set up a 144hz monitor.  

If anything in the article needs further clarification, please leave a comment and I’ll do my best to reply ASAP!

Thank you for reading!

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