All the overclockers say hello! We are here with another episode of overclocking and this time we are going to speak about overclocking monitors. Is it safe? Does it harm the monitor? Is it even possible? Should you do it? We are positive that these and many other similar questions are boggling your mind at the moment. Breathe with ease, you all, because we have all the answers for you. Please keep reading!
Benefits of overclocking
The biggest benefit is definitely the improvement in the refresh rate. The refresh rate is nothing but the number of times a particular image gets refreshed in a second. A better refresh rate, especially while playing high-end games, will help avoid lag and enhance the overall experience. Usually, 60 Hz is enough but powerful graphics cards have higher frame rates. In this case, 60 Hz won’t be enough and that is why gamers look forward to overclocking their monitors.
Risks of overclocking
Just like the two sides of a coin, there are pros and cons to overclocking. The most significant risk is the reduction of the monitor’s life span because overclocking takes more energy and that means more power and heat. Heat can make the internal components age faster than usual.
Other risks such as damage to the hardware will depend on the overclocking capability of your monitor itself. A few good monitors can withstand it without issues but the others cannot.
Finally, you must remember the warranty. Mostly, overclocking voids the warranty but there are a few exceptions. Check whether that’s the case with your monitor, especially if it is new.
P.S. High-end monitors that are specifically designed for gaming come with the overclocking capability. So, you don’t really have to worry about it. Make sure you take this into consideration whenever you buy a new one.
Is an overclocking monitor safe?
Yes, overclocking is safe provided you don’t go overboard. It may reduce the lifespan but not significantly enough for you to worry about it.
How to overclock my monitor?
Now that you have all the answers, let’s quickly go through the process:
- Open the control panel after right-clicking on the empty space on the desktop
- Go to the Change Resolutions page
- Scroll to see the Customize option under resolution
- Choose Enable Resolutions Not Exposed by the Display and the click on the Create Custom Resolution button
- A new page will open up. Here, just change the refresh rate without disturbing the other settings
- Pro tip: Increase 5 Hz at a time. Most monitors do not go beyond 15 Hz more than the actual rate.
- Open Radeon Settings
- Beside Custom Resolutions, you will see Create. Click on it.
- Follow the same process as Nvidia and only increase 5 Hz at a time
- After a point, the signal will go away, which means that you have gone too far. Then, the system will take the last refresh rate that worked. If you still want to go higher to get the maximum possible refresh rate, start increasing it by 1 Hz henceforth until it reaches the high point.
It is quite safe to overclock a monitor but the trick is to always go slow. Rushing into these things can create complications. Also, learn about your monitor’s specifications and capabilities before you start the process. All the best!