your monitor refresh rate — how often your screen can display an image per second — is a key factor in whether software (especially video games) will load smoothly on your screen. The number is measured in Hz. 60 Hz means 60 times per second. Modern displays often hit 60 Hz to 500 Hz, part of which is HDMI or DisplayPort Cables can support these speeds.
If you’re looking for your screen refresh rate, you can easily find it in Windows. On some computers you can also use Nvidia’s software (assuming you have an Nvidia GPU).
Knowing your monitor’s refresh rate gives you a target you might hit when measuring your game’s FPS (frames per second). Or if you want to change it (such as lowering it to increase battery life on your laptop), you should know where to look.
Here’s how to check your monitor’s refresh rate:
Check your monitor refresh rate in Windows 10 or 11
The images below are from Windows 11, but the steps are the same for Windows 10.
1. open settings and choose screen.
2. Click Advanced View.
3.[表示情報]Below you will see the refresh rate. A drop-down menu allows you to choose from the various supported refresh rates. In the image you can see that the refresh rate of the monitor is 165 Hz, but it can be lowered to 60 Hz.
Check your monitor’s refresh rate in the Nvidia control panel
If you have an Nvidia graphics card, you can also control the refresh rate using Nvidia’s Control Panel. Your mileage may vary here — in our experience you won’t be able to do this on a laptop, but it works fine on a desktop.
1. Open the Nvidia Control Panel.
2. Select Display > Change Resolution It’s in the menu on the left.
3. Next to Resolution, drop down About refresh rate.