Microsoft is testing an update for Windows 11 that improves the performance of computers with multiple high-refresh-rate monitors and lowers the power consumption of systems equipped with high-refresh-rate displays.
In one case, the update is for those using multiple displays with a high refresh rate PC. This allows Windows 11 to adapt the refresh rate to the specific content being displayed on each monitor. For example, you can set the refresh rate to a higher value on one monitor running a game and to a lower value on another monitor with a video or static image. The feature will also come in handy for those who connect their gaming laptops to external displays.
The second change will help tablets or laptops equipped with screens that support high refresh rates consume less power in battery saver mode. Microsoft explains that screens that support Dynamic Refresh Rate (DRR) reduce the refresh rate to lower values until the power saving mode is turned off.
These changes are included in the latest Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 25915 (Canary). For all Windows 11 users, they will be available in the coming months.
As a reminder, the high-frequency display optimizations in Windows 11 aren’t the only screen-related improvements Microsoft has introduced recently. In early July, the company released update KB5028185, which includes adaptive brightness control for laptops and 2-in-1s. This feature allows devices to dim or brighten different areas of the display depending on the content. You can configure the function in the “Settings” – “System” – “Display” – “Brightness and Color” section.