Easily Fix Screen Tearing Issues in Games

Screen tearing is one of the common issues that can occur during gameplay. Updating the graphics card driver and turning off V-Sync can remove screen tearing effectively. Read on to find out more information about screen tearing in games, and the steps how to remove it.

What causes screen tearing in games?

Screen tearing can happen when the monitor’s refresh rate (how many times the screen updates with images per second) is not in sync with the FPS (frame rate generated by the game per second).

That said, the game produces a frame rate higher than the refresh rate that the monitor can handle. For example, if the FPS in game suddenly goes to 120HZ, but your monitor’s refresh rate is only 60HZ, the screen tearing will occur.

Screen tearing is so common in games that can even happen to high-end PCs. And it can be easily fixed with the following two methods.

How to fix screen tearing in games?

Two effective methods are available to fix screen tearing in games.

Method 1: Update the graphics card driver
Method 2: Turn on V-Sync

Method 1: Update the graphics card driver

The screen tearing can be caused by outdated graphics card drivers. To fix the problem, you can try to update the graphics card driver via Device Manager. To do so:

1) On your keyboard, press Win+R (the Windows logo key and the R key) at the same time to invoke the Run box.

2) Type “devmgmt.msc” into the Run box and click OK to open Device Manager.

3) Expand the Display Adapter category. Right-click on the graphics card and select Update driver.

update graphics card driver

4) Click on Search automatically for drivers. Then Windows will search and install the new graphics card driver.

search automatically for drivers

5) Once done, restart your computer. Open up a game and see if the screen tearing issue is resolved.

Note: Windows might fail to provide the latest graphics card driver. If that’s your case, you can use Driver Booster to help update the driver automatically (just a few clicks are required). Driver Booster supports updating 4,500,000+ PC drivers. You can expect that Driver Booster will provide you with the latest graphics card driver you need.

If Method 1 doesn’t work for you, try Method 2.

Method 2: Turn on V-Sync

What is V-Sync?

V-Sync is a technology developed by GPU manufacturers, which aims to remove screen tearing in games. Once V-Sync is turned on, the game frame rate will be equal to or lower than the monitor’s refresh rate. Then the screen tearing should be gone.

V-Sync is helpful to fix screen tearing issues, but at the same time, it can cause game input lag and stuttering issues, which can worsen your game experience.

To prevent such issues occurring, you can try other improved versions of V-Sync (if they’re available for you). Read on then you’ll find how to turn on V-Sync and the improved versions.

How to turn on V-Sync

Generally, you can turn on V-Sync easily via the graphics card control panel. And the steps vary depending on the graphics card you’re using.

For NVIDIA graphics card:

Open NVIDIA Control Panel, then click on Manage 3D settings in the left pane, and then click on the Global Settings tab in the right pane. Select On from the drop-down menu of Vertical sync.

vertical sync nvidia

Tip: As mentioned above, V-Sync may cause input lag or stuttering issues. If you see Adaptive Vsync or Fast Sync from the drop-down menu, it’s recommended you select them, which can prevent input lag or stuttering issues.

For AMD graphics card:

Open AMD graphics card control panel, go to Gaming -> Global Settings ->Global Graphics. Then select Always on from the Wait for vertical refresh drop-down menu

vertical sync amd

Tip: If you see Enhanced Sync available from the drop-down menu, select it, which can prevent input lag or stuttering issues.

Hopefully you find this article helpful. If you have any questions, feel free to leave a comment below. I’ll get back to you ASAP.

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