How to change the refresh rate on your monitor for smoother-looking videos and gameplay

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A high refresh rate on a monitor is especially important for gaming, which requires an on-screen image to rapidly refresh.

  • A monitor’s refresh rate measures how frequently the on-screen image is updated.
  • You can change the refresh rate on your monitor through your display settings, though it may be limited by the monitor, graphics card, and screen resolution.
  • A typical refresh rate is 60Hz; slower refresh rates can look jittery, while higher refresh rates are desirable for gaming.
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Your display’s refresh rate is a measure of how frequently the on-screen image is updated. Refresh rate is measured in hertz (Hz), which indicates the number of times per second something occurs. So a 60Hz display is one that has a refresh rate of 60 times per second.

Understanding monitor refresh rates

Most people don’t need to worry much about refresh rate, especially when using a computer for ordinary productivity applications. That’s because computer displays typically have a refresh rate of 60Hz – that’s the default for many monitors – and that value is perfectly adequate almost all the time. It’s fast enough that there’s no obvious blurring or “image tearing” when there’s on-screen motion. Below this value – 30 Hz, for example – you might see some stuttering or jitteriness when things are moving on the screen.

Higher refresh rates are of interest to gamers, though. Because many video games rely on fast-moving visuals, many computer displays are optimized for gaming with very high refresh rates – 144Hz, 240Hz, and even 360Hz. For gaming, the higher the refresh rate the better.

There’s also a relationship between screen resolution and refresh rate. Because a computer only has so much bandwidth for the display, you might find that at higher resolutions, your display can’t run at its maximum refresh rate. If you are adjusting these settings, you might need to make a choice between, for example, an HD (1920×1080) display at 144Hz or a 4K (3840×2160) resolution at 60Hz.

Depending on your monitor or laptop display, you might be able to adjust the refresh rate. Some displays aren’t running at their highest refresh rate by default, for example, and it’s adjustable in the system settings. If you try to increase the refresh rate but it won’t go as high as you think the monitor is designed to go, you might need to lower the resolution to make a higher value become available.

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Democrat introduces resolution to expel Marjorie Taylor Greene from Congress

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Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) yells at journalists after setting off the metal detector outside the doors to the House of Representatives Chamber on January 12, 2021 in Washington, DC.

  • Rep. Jimmy Gomez, a California Democrat, introduced a resolution to expel Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene.
  • Greene, a newly elected Republican from Georgia, is a far-right conspiracy theorist.
  • CNN reported that Greene has expressed support for executing Democrats.
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Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, on Facebook and elsewhere, has endorsed conspiracy theories claiming that mass shootings are “false flags” to justify gun control and shown support for calls for executing high-level Democrats. Now some are saying the newly elected Republican from Georgia should be kicked out of the people’s house.

“Such advocacy for extremism and sedition not only demands her immediate expulsion from Congress, but it also merits strong and clear condemnation from all of her Republican colleagues,” Rep. Jimmy Gomez, a Democrat from California, said Wednesday.

Gomez plans to introduce a resolution to expel Greene over her endorsement of “domestic terrorism,” citing her comments on social media recently uncovered by CNN.

In 2019, for example, she “liked” a comment on her Facebook page stating that the fastest way to remove House Speaker Nancy Pelosi from office would be a “bullet in the head.” She also called David Hogg, a survivor of the Parkland school shooting, a “little Hitler” and a “paid little pawn.”

Greene, in a statement, blamed the comments and likes on the fact that “teams of people manage my pages.”

On Wednesday, Hogg posted a video on Twitter showing Greene harassing him in real life while he was in Washington, DC, meeting with senators in the wake of the school shooting. In the video, the future member of Congress calls the teenager a “coward” and boasts of having a concealed-carry gun permit.

A spokesperson for House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy told CNN and Axios that the congressman “plans to have a conversation” with Greene.

But Rep. Gomez said his fellow members of Congress need to do more than talk.

“Her very presence in office represents a direct threat against the elected officials and staff who serve our government,” he said, “and it is with their safety in mind, as well as the security of institutions and public servants across our country, that I call on my House colleagues to support my resolution to immediately remove Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene from this legislative body.”

The last member of Congress to be expelled was Rep. James Traficant, an Ohio Democrat who in 2002 was removed from the legislative body after being convicted of 10 felonies in a bribery and racketeering case.

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