Windows 11 adds exciting new feature for PC gamers | ENBLE

Windows 11 adds exciting new feature for PC gamers | ENBLE

Microsoft Enhances Windows 11 with Improved Controls for High Refresh Rate Monitors

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Microsoft continues to push the boundaries of their latest operating system, Windows 11, with the development of improved controls for high refresh rate monitors. In the latest Windows 11 preview build, users can now enjoy the automatic adjustment of refresh rates on multiple monitors based on the content being displayed. This exciting update aims to revolutionize the way users interact with their displays and enhance their multitasking abilities.

The refresh rate logic has been significantly improved, allowing users to have different refresh rates on different monitors, depending on the content shown. Amanda Langowski and Brandon LeBlanc from Microsoft explain, “This will help most with refresh rate-dependent multitasking, like playing a game and watching a video at the same time.” This means that during a gaming session, the primary monitor can be set to the highest refresh rate, while a secondary monitor running Discord, for example, can run at a standard 60Hz. Not only does this feature optimize power consumption, but it also reduces the load on the GPU, leading to a smoother and more efficient user experience.

Nvidia’s RTX 30 and RTX 40-series Founders Edition cards, along with certain models from AIB partners, feature a zero RPM mode. This means that the GPU cooling fans do not spin when you are watching a video on a single monitor. However, when a secondary display with a high refresh rate is added, the zero RPM mode is usually disabled, resulting in the GPU fans continuously spinning. With the improved controls in Windows 11, this issue can be mitigated, providing a more seamless and efficient cooling system.

In addition to the refresh rate enhancements, Windows 11 is introducing a new energy-saving feature that will benefit owners of devices supporting Dynamic Refresh Rate, such as the Surface Pro 9. This feature optimizes power consumption by automatically lowering the display refresh rate when the device is running in battery saver mode. Notably, this enhancement is only available on laptops and tablets that support Dynamic Refresh Rate and will not extend to high refresh rate-capable monitors. With this addition, Windows 11 continues to prioritize user convenience and battery efficiency.

These exciting features are expected to be released soon as part of a Windows 11 update in the coming months. However, for those eager to try them out early, the latest Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 25915 can be downloaded on supported devices. Microsoft’s commitment to continuous improvement and innovation in Windows 11 is evident, as they strive to provide users with a more immersive and streamlined computing experience. Stay tuned for more updates on Windows 11, the operating system that aims to reshape the way we interact with our devices.