Glossary:Refresh Rate (Hz)

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Key points

High refresh rate allows for much smoother gameplay.
Some games use nonstandard refresh rates.
Refresh rate determines maximum FPS when Vertical sync (Vsync) is enabled.

General information

How To Switch Refresh Rates Under Windows 10

Force a custom refresh rate[edit]

Special K[edit]

See Special K > Refresh rate (Hz) for instructions.

DirectX registry override[edit]

This tweak will force DirectX games to run in your monitor's refresh rate.
Use this tweak if some games default to a 24Hz refresh rate on your HDTV.
Forcing refresh rate via DirectX registry entries[citation needed]
  1. Open the Registry Editor:
    • Vista and later: open the Start screen/Start menu, type regedit, press Enter.
    • Windows XP: press Win+R, type regedit, press Enter.
  2. Go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\DirectDraw
  3. Create DWORD entry ForceRefreshRate and change its DECIMAL value to the refresh rate of your monitor.
  4. 64-bit users will need to do this at HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\DirectDraw as well.