Screen tearing can be a pretty annoying problem when using your computer. In this article, we’ll try to explain what it is and how you can fix it. Let’s get started!
This animation is an example of screen tearing when the framerate is unlocked. As you can see in the image above, a black line has been drawn over the screen to simulate the appearance of the tearing.
So What Exactly Is Screen Tearing?
Screen tearing is an artifact caused by a mismatch between your monitor’s refresh rate and that of your graphics card. In other words, whenever these two things are not synchronized properly, screen tearing occurs.
In most situations, this has to do with your monitor’s refresh rate being too low compared to that of your graphics card. Although this is not always the case, it’s generally true when talking about computer games where the FPS are either capped or uncapped.
If you’re unsure if screen tearing is affecting you, simply put on a movie with an equal framerate (e.g. 30 FPS) and see if it looks the same.
How Can You Fix It?
As we mentioned in the previous section, tearing happens when there is a mismatch between your monitor’s refresh rate and that of your graphics card. In order to fix this, you need to increase your monitor’s refresh rate (assuming it’s lower than that of your graphics card) and make sure that both your monitor and graphics card are set to their max. refresh rates (this is not necessarily the case if you’re using a CRU/Custom Resolution Utility).
This can be done by right-clicking on your desktop, selecting Screen resolution, selecting Advanced Settings, and then manually changing both your monitor’s and graphics card’s values.
Finally, if none of this works for you or your monitor’s maximum refresh rate is already equal to that of your GPU, then the only other solution is to cap your framerate at either 60 FPS or 30 FPS depending on what looks best to you. This can be done by using a frame limiter such as the one found in RivaTuner Statistics Server or using a program such as Rivatuner OSD.
Last But Not Least, I Want To Remind You That…
Screen tearing is definitely a real thing and it can be very annoying when trying to enjoy your games. However, I don’t want you to misinterpret this article as me saying that screen tearing is a big problem that you should be worried about.
Although tearing can be pretty annoying, it’s generally not a problem unless your monitor’s refresh rate is set below the maximum refresh rate of your graphics card. In other words, don’t start whining just because there might be a slight delay once in a while. This is especially true in fast-paced games where you probably won’t even notice it anyway.