What is Dynamic Refresh Rate on Windows 11, And how to Enable it?


Did you know that you can now set your Dynamic Refresh Rate in the Windows 11 Settings app? Often referred to as the “refresh rate,” Dynamic Refresh Rate (DRR) changes the number of times per second that an image refreshes on your display. So, a 60Hz display will refresh the screen 60 times a second.

In Windows 10 you have to decide between 60Hz and 120Hz on a laptop, and it’s a static choice. Microsoft is now building DRR into Windows 11, which will allow a laptop to dynamically adjust its refresh rate. “This means that Windows 11 will seamlessly switch between a lower refresh rate and a higher refresh rate based on what you’re doing on your PC,

What is Refresh Rate?

Before we begin explaining what is DRR, it is important to understand what is Refresh Rate itself. Put simply, Refresh Rate is the speed at which a display constantly refreshes to create a sense of motion. Refresh rates are measured in Hertz (Hz) which is the number of times the display refreshes every second. A higher refresh rate means that more frames will appear in one second and the motion will be smoother.

What is Dynamic refresh rate?

Dynamic refresh rate is a new feature that can be found in Windows Insider builds on supported devices. As the name suggests, DRR lets your device set the refresh rate dynamically. This means that Windows 11 will seamlessly switch between a lower refresh rate and a higher refresh rate based on what you’re doing on your PC.

This helps to balance performance and power consumption. For example, with a Dynamic (60 Hz or 120 Hz) mode, your display will refresh at 60 Hz for everyday productivity tasks, such as email, writing a document, and so forth to conserve battery life. It will then seamlessly switch to 120 Hz for tasks such as inking and scrolling, to provide a smoother and more responsive experience.

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To use DRR, you’ll need a laptop with a display that supports a variable refresh rate (VRR) and a refresh rate of at least 120 Hz.

Additionally, DRR requires a graphics driver (WDDM 3.0) that supports it (available through Windows Update).

To quickly find the display adapter driver version and model that’s installed on your laptop, select the Start button, type dxdiag, and then select it. Select the Display tab. In the Drivers box, look at the version number next to Version and the driver model next to Driver Model.

Dynamic Refresh Rate Settings on Windows 11

Here’s what you need to do to change the Dynamic Refresh Rate (DRR) on Windows 11:

Open Windows Settings(Windows key + I keyboard shortcut)

Dynamic Refresh Rate on Windows 11

Go to System > Display > Advanced display

For Choose a refresh rate, select the rate that you want

Change Refresh Rate on Windows 11

Keep in mind that these settings change ever so slightly on Windows 10. Another important note is that if your monitor does not support higher than 60Hz refresh rates, that these settings will not be available.

If you have the VRR option but cannot see the DDR selection then you will have to wait for some time and keep your PC updated. You will receive it soon within the next couple of updates.

Final Thoughts

That concludes our guide on understanding and utilizing DRR on Windows 11. Hopefully, you’ve enabled a dynamic refresh rate on your Windows 11 PC and are now enjoying a smoother, longer-lasting experience.

Don’t panic if your PC doesn’t support dynamic refresh rates now; Microsoft is working with PC manufacturers to make the capability available on more laptops with high refresh rate screens.

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