Does your laptop battery run out quickly? Would you like to reduce the battery consumption of your laptop and PC in Windows 11? Well, Windows 11 has a new feature called Dynamic Refresh Rate (DRR). This new feature allows your PC or laptop to lower the refresh rate to save battery. In this guide, I’ll show you How to enable and disable dynamic refresh rate in Windows 11 laptops and PCs. But first, let’s have some basic information about what DRR is.
Remember that dynamic refresh rate is available on laptops where the display supports variable refresh rate (VRR) and a refresh rate of at least 120 Hz. This feature also requires a WDDM (3.0) graphics driver that supports it.
How does dynamic refresh rate save your battery life?
Dynamic Refresh Rate is a new feature of Windows 11 that allows devices such as laptops to reduce the refresh rate to save battery life. It does sacrifice some display quality, but it allows you to use the device longer without charging.
In simple terms, the refresh rate describes how often the screen updates content per second. This is usually referred to as the number of frames per second, and the standard is 60 frames per second. However, some monitors support higher refresh rates to make movement on the screen feel smoother.
The problem is, increasing the refresh rate will also increase power consumption, which will decrease the laptop’s battery life. To address this issue, Windows 11 (via DirectX Developer Blog) enables dynamic update rate (DRR) settings to balance performance by seamlessly switching between low and high update rates based on device operation. and makes.
How to enable dynamic refresh rate on Windows 11
If you want to enable and use the dynamic refresh rate to save battery, do the following:
- To activate the dynamic update rate, go to the settings under Windows11.
- Then tap system.
- Now tap on that display Tab on the right.
- Under the “Associated settings”Section, tap that Extended display Tab.
- Finally, use the “Choose a refresh rate”Option and select the Dynamic Possibility.
After completing the steps, the computer will automatically decrease the refresh rate to save power and slightly affect the overall experience.
How to disable dynamic refresh rate on Windows 11
If you’d like to turn off the dynamic refresh rate for better display performance, follow these steps:
- To turn off the dynamic update rate, open the settings on your Windows 11 computer.
- Then tap system.
- Choose display Tab on the right.
- Then under the “Associated settings”Section, click that Extended display Tab.
- Now click on that Choose a refresh rate Option and choose another regular rate such as 60 Hz, 120 Hz, or the highest rate supported by the display.
After completing the steps, Windows 11 will try to manage the device refresh rate longer for better display performance, but it will consume more power.
That’s all there is to quickly enable and disable dynamic refresh rate in Windows 11. Keep in mind that enabling this feature can save you battery power, but it will also affect display performance. If you want a higher display performance, you can simply deactivate it. Good luck!
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