Why is My 144Hz Monitor Running at 60Hz?
Struggling with figuring out why your 144Hz monitor is running at 60Hz for no apparent reason, maybe during games or at all times, despite spending a reasonable amount of money on it?
If you have tried everything under the sun but haven’t managed to fix the issue of your 144hz monitor running at 60hz, in this guide, I will cover the most common problems and the relevant easy fixes so that you can jump right back into the action.
Below, I’ll talk about how to identify and fix each of the 6 most likely causes.
It doesn’t matter if you’re PC gaming on Windows 10 or if you’re on console. Everything should be covered below.
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Your Monitor Is Set at 60Hz by Default
One common issue is that your monitor could be set by default at 60 Hz.
To change that, go to Settings > System > Display > Advanced Display Settings > Display Adapter Properties. Then, click on “Monitor” and pick your monitor’s refresh rate from the drop-down menu.
There, you can select the different types of refresh rates that your monitor supports. If you have plugged in your HDMI 2.0 cable in the correct ports, you should be able to see 144 Hz if your monitor supports 144 Hz.
You Are Using an Unsuitable HDMI or Display Port
If you aren’t so tech-savvy, it is quite common to buy a cable and hope for the best. When it comes to technology though, what cables you use matters a lot. Using the wrong cable can mean that your 144Hz monitor is only showing 60Hz as the cable limits the monitors ability to run in more than 60Hz.
The standard HDMI cable doesn’t support 144Hz, and because of that, it is easy to see why your monitor is only showing 60Hz.
To change this, you will need a 144Hz-compatible cable such as HDMI 2.0 at the very minimum.
Usually, if you bought your monitor brand new, such cable should come with your monitor in its original packaging.
Outdated Graphics Drivers
This is very unlikely, however, an outdated GPU drive can for whatever reason affect the Hz that your monitor is running at. This probably only applies if you haven’t used your computer in quite some time, or haven’t bothered to update anything on it in some years.
Make sure that you update all your GPU drivers with the relevant GPU software.
If you use an AMD GPU, use the AMD software and so forth.
Check That the Monitor Actually Supports 144 Hz
Just because your monitor cost a few hundred dollars, don’t let the price tag fool you as you may very well have a 60 Hz monitor. You can simply Google your monitor’s model and find out its specs on the internet on websites such as the manufacturer or Amazon.
Another way to check is to actually have a look at the settings.
For Windows 10, go over to Settings > System > Display > Advanced Display Settings > Display Adapter Properties. Then, go to the Monitor Tab and pick your monitor’s refresh rate from the drop-down menu.
What you see on that list is what you can get with your monitor.
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Check That Your Console Supports 144Hz
If your monitor is 144Hz but it only 60Hz shows, then another common issue is that despite your monitor supporting 144Hz, your console might not.
For example, all models of the PS4 (including PS4 Pro) only have a maximum refresh rate of 60Hz. This is the same for the Xbox One and all of its models.
The PS5 and Xbox Series X can output at 120Hz.
So, in all likelihood, your console does not actually support 144Hz unless you’re gaming on a PC.
Plugging the Cables in the Wrong Ports
And finally, perhaps the most silly thing that you can do is plug the relevant cables in the different ports. The only reason I know this is possible is because, as embarrassing as it is to admit, I have done it myself.
And no, I haven’t plugged an HDMI 2.0 in a normal HDMI port because that is impossible.
All I did was plug my HDMI 2.0 in an HDMI 2.0 port in my PC case, only to find out that I didn’t actually plug it in the GPU port but elsewhere. Yes, it is silly, but it happens. So, be sure to check that this is not something that you have done.
To get prevent your 144Hz monitor from running at 60Hz, you need to plug in your HDMI 2.0 in your GPU port. The opposite end of the cable needs to go in your monitor’s HDMI 2.0 port. Simple, right?
Hopefully, with everything from above, I have managed to solve your problem and now you are able to jump straight back into playing your favorite games at 144 Hz. If you come across any other potential reasons why you could be running at 60 Hz rather than 144 Hz, please drop a comment below.