Dual Monitors with Different Refresh Rates [Detailed-Guide]

Most users prefer dual monitors since it provides better assistance in studying, gaming, etc. With dual monitors, you don’t have to worry about switching tabs or using fewer apps at once. If you use dual monitors you might be concerned about them having different refresh rates and if it’s a good idea to adopt this way. This article attempts to answer these questions in detail. 

Is it possible to Use Dual Monitors with Different Refresh Rates

Yes, it is possible to use two or more monitors at the same time with different refresh rates. It is very convenient to use each monitor for a separate task, which matches its resolution. 

In ideal situations, you would want to have two monitors with the same refresh rates as well as the same resolutions and color settings. But since this can get beyond budget for many users, it is a common practice to you use a 144 Hz monitor as a primary display for games while using a 60 Hz monitor as a secondary monitor. 

Issues with Dual monitors with Different Refresh Rates

When monitors of different refresh rates are connected, a common bug is known to come up. This usually dips the refresh rate randomly or locks the higher refresh rate monitor to match the refresh rate on the lower monitor. It can interrupt the smooth high refresh rate monitor with stutters and other similar issues. When this bug operates the main 144 Hz display drops to 60 Hz which hinders the functioning of the high refresh rate monitor. There are some ways in which you can possibly tackle this bug.

Connect 60 Hz Monitor to the Motherboard

Connecting the lower refresh rate monitor directly to a video input port on your motherboard, and not your graphics card might resolve the issue. It is recommended that you enable the onboard VGA setting in your motherboard. You need to enable the “IGPU” or “Onboard Graphics” option. 

Setting display scaling to GPU

In order to set display scaling to GPU, you need to right-click on your desktop and select Nvidia Control Panel. In the “Adjust Desktop Size and Position” section, select your primary display, and then change it to Perform Scaling On to GPU.

Google Chrome Settings

You might need to disable hardware acceleration on chrome. To do click on the three dots on the top right corner of Google Chrome and select Settings. Select the advanced option and turn on the ‘Hardware Acceleration option. Repeat this same process for your other monitor as well. 

Enable G-Sync

If your GPU and monitor support G-Sync it is better than you turn it on. To do this, go to the Nvidia Control Panel and locate the G-Sync option and then turn it on. 

To sum up

It is possible to use dual monitors with different refresh rates. If it serves your purpose you can keep the higher refresh rate monitor as the central one and use the lower refresh rate monitor as your secondary monitor in the setup. This might result in a few bugs. There are some ways stated above with which you can stop this bug and continue using your setup normally.

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