Windows 10: with the new version, the screen goes to the maximum

The Insider Preview Builds version of the Windows 10 operating system introduces new features to get the most out of your computer monitor

The refresh rate of a screen is important to get the most fluidity out of moving images. In the latest Insider Preview Builds version of Windows 10, Microsoft's operating system introduces a new feature: the ability to set the desired refresh rate.

In the smartphone industry, refresh rate becomes a factor to consider for top-of-the-line performance. In the case of computers, monitors can easily reach refresh rates between 120 Hz and 144 Hz, but only with the right software can you take full advantage of this technical feature to get images with a smoother movement. Now Windows 10 introduces in an Insider Preview Builds version, that is in the preview of the version that will be later released, the possibility to choose the desired frequency. Good news to improve the user experience, which seems designed specifically for gamers.

Refresh rate: what is it and what is it for

The refresh rate, also known as refresh rate, is a value that indicates how many times per second the image is updated on the screen and the unit of measurement is the Hertz or Hz. Older cathode ray tube monitors had a default refresh rate of 60 Hz, meaning that the image was refreshed 60 times per second, which was the maximum refresh rate achievable with that technology.

Newer LED monitors can achieve much higher refresh rates, resulting in sharper images and movements perceived as smoother by the user. To date, PC monitors have refresh rates as low as 120 Hz or 144 Hz, especially those used by gamers. In order to take full advantage of this feature, however, it is necessary that the PC has a suitable video card, as well as an ad hoc setting of the operating system in use.

Windows 10, the new feature for the refresh rate

In the Insider Preview Builds 20236 version of Windows 10, developers introduce the possibility for users to vary in the Settings menu the refresh rate of the monitor in use. Users will then be able to decide to use a higher frequency, improving the user experience but also increasing power consumption, or to save in terms of energy in exchange for a less fluid interface. A feature that seems to be designed just for gamers, who benefit from smoother images during the gaming experience.

The version of Windows 10 at the moment is only a preview, so it should be remembered that in the final one that will be released by Microsoft the new feature for the screen could disappear, although it is unlikely. Also, in order to take full advantage of the feature, you need your monitor and other hardware components, such as your video card, to be compatible with the frequency set to achieve the desired result.