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All about your Samsung monitor's refresh rate

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As an avid gamer, your monitor needs a refresh rate that's as fast-paced as you are. You know it's important for gaming, but what exactly is a refresh rate anyway? We have a basic rundown for you right here, so you’ll become more knowledgeable and get more out of your PC games.

What is a refresh rate?

A monitor’s refresh rate is the maximum number of images per second the monitor can display, often counted in Hz (such as 60Hz, 144Hz, or 240Hz). When both your refresh rate and the frames per second (FPS) from your connected computer or console are high, you get smoother, faster animation that looks more real and misses less of the action. Some competitive online games (like Fortnite or Overwatch) can truly come down to split-second differences in timing. With a high refresh rate, you'll never need to worry about missing that target.

Mass Effect Andromeda on Samsung PC monitor

You'll almost always want to set your refresh rate to the highest setting, but in some cases you may want to set it lower if you experience flickering you don't like.

What is a variable refresh rate? (Freesync and Gsync)

Just because your monitor has a high refresh rate doesn't mean the game you're playing will always use it to the fullest. When the frames per second (FPS) of your game doesn't match your refresh rate, you will either get stuttering (when the same frame displays twice or more) or tearing (the monitor tries to display 2 frames at once, resulting in a line between the two halves). Vsync is one option that just gets rid of all the extra frames. But VRR (variable refresh rate) is the new gold standard: each frame is individually given to your monitor and displayed one by one, no skipping, no stuttering, no tearing.

G-Sync on CRG5 Gaming Monitor

There are two types of VRR: AMD’s FreeSync and Nvidia’s G-Sync. And, your monitor alone isn't all you need. Your device has to support it as well, and it has to match. A FreeSync monitor won't use G-Sync, and vice versa. FreeSync and G-Sync are only available on Windows, not Mac, although FreeSync is also available on some consoles, like newer Xbox models.

If your computer or console uses FreeSync, get a monitor with FreeSync support, like the CRG9 Dual Gaming Monitor. And if your computer uses G-Sync, get a monitor that uses G-Sync, like the CRG5 Gaming Monitor. Note that although FreeSync can use an HDMI cable, G-Sync requires a Displayport cable.

Adjust your refresh rate on Windows

If you like to play games on a Windows 10 computer, you should learn how to change the refresh rate, so you can improve your gaming experience.

Right-click on the desktop, and then select Display settings. Scroll down and click Advanced Display Settings. At the bottom, click Display Adapter Properties for the display you are looking to change. Select the Monitor tab, and then select the Screen refresh rate that suits your needs. Clicking OK will save your changes.

Display adapter properties with the Monitor tab open

If you are using Windows 7, begin by right-clicking the desktop and selecting Screen resolution. Specify the display, and click Advanced settings. Select the Monitor tab, and then select your preferred Screen refresh rate. Click OK to save.

For steps on how to enable FreeSync or G-Sync in Windows, see the linked guides.

Adjust your refresh rate on a Mac

If you are using a Mac monitor, you can still adjust the refresh rate for the best results when you're gaming.

Go to Start and open System Preferences. Click Displays (this will open a separate window if you are using more than one monitor). Choose the monitor you are changing, click the leftmost Display tab, and then click Scaled. Select your desired refresh rate, and your monitor will update automatically.

Display settings in iMac with Scaled chosen

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