How To Overclock Your Monitor? (Answered)

When we think of overclocking, the monitor is not the first thing we think of. For most people, the goal would be to overclock the CPU and GPU, but monitor overclocks have also become an important thing nowadays. If it is stable and your monitor can handle it, we will show you how to overclock your monitor.

Overclocking a monitor involves increasing the refresh rate of the display beyond the manufacturer’s recommended setting. This can result in a smoother and more responsive display, but it can also cause issues such as screen tearing and increased power consumption.

To overclock a monitor, you will need to access the monitor’s on-screen display (OSD) settings and locate the option to adjust the refresh rate. You will then need to increase the refresh rate to a value that is higher than the manufacturer’s recommended setting. It is important to note that the ability to overclock a monitor will depend on the specific model and its hardware capabilities. Some monitors may not support overclocking, and attempting to do so could potentially damage the monitor.

It is also important to be cautious when overclocking a monitor, as it can result in decreased image quality and potentially harm the hardware. It is recommended to use caution and only attempt to overclock a monitor if you are confident in your abilities and are aware of the potential risks.

Before we dive into a bit more detail, you should know that not all monitors can be overclocked. If the monitor has a maximum refresh rate of 60 Hz, you won’t be able to effectively overclock the unit and this would hinder performance. Let’s find out how you can effectively overclock your monitor when needed.

How To Overclock A Monitor?

Before you even think of overclocking, you need to make sure that your monitor can be overclocked. You can check the settings to see what the maximum refresh currently is. Next, you also want to check the maximum refresh rate of the graphic card from where you would need to make the changes.

  1. Increasing Graphics Card Refresh Rate

The first method would be to check the graphics card and look at the software that comes with the graphics card and allows you to customize the graphics card settings. By selecting the start menu, you can find the settings app of the graphics card. 

Once you find the settings tab of the graphics card, you can find an area of adjustment, which is where you can effectively adjust the display settings. Once you have found the refresh rate, you can change it up from 60 Hz to 75 Hz, which you should select and allow the settings to take effect.

  1. Increasing Refresh Rate With CRU

On the web, you can easily find free software called Custom Resolution Utility (CRU). The software is free and readily available and would allow you to focus on changing the refresh rate with the Windows Advanced Display Settings.

You first need to download and unzip the CRU, before finding the standard resolution settings once you have installed the software. Once selected, go back to the extracted files and select the right Restart.exe. Now you should let it run as administrator and this would take a few minutes to get right.

Once selected, your screen might blank out a couple of times before it would return to a functional level. You can now navigate to settings and the advanced display settings to find out if your refresh rate I changed.


Overclocking the monitor is not something many people focus on. However, it is certainly something that you might want to do to ensure that you have a better refresh rate. Some of the top IT geniuses might have a different method of doing this and we would love to read some of the comments in the comment section below. 

This article was last updated on December 28, 2022 .

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