Razer Blade 2016 Dual External Monitors

Discussion in 'Systems' started by Adhoc, Jul 1, 2016.

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  1. AdhocSyndicate

    AdhocSyndicate New Member

    So I have the 2016 Razer Blade, and I wanted to run dual monitors. I have an adapter that works, and the built-in HDMI port, but issues arise when running both simultaneously. Using either monitor on either device is fine, but running both causes only the monitor plugged into the built-in HDMI port to work.
  2. LinS123

    LinS123 New Member

    Have you tried using the display port out via the usb type-c connection?
  3. squeeze88

    squeeze88 Active Member

    How did you plug in dual monitor in the first place? You only have a HDMI, meaning you were using a USB C adaptor to HDMI as well?
  4. I have the exact same issue. I am trying to connect two external monitors. I have the 2016 Razer Blade. I use the built in HDMI port for one monitor. I use the USB C port for the other monitor. I have tried the following:

    1) Dell USB adapter.

    Dell Adapter, USB Type C to HDMI/VGA/Ethernet/USB (470-ABQN) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B012DT6KW2/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_B5hExb2A2BCMK

    That didn't work. It would only run one at a time. If I pulled the HDMI out, the monitor running out of the dell adapter would work and vise versa.

    2) J5 Ceate USB C to HDMI adapter (JCA153) with DisplayPort v1.2 compatible.

    USB Type-C to 4K HDMI Adapter JCA153 https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01AUWG31M/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_-UhExbFMZ9PAA

    That didn't work either. Same issue. Only 1 monitor would work at a time. I was hoping it would work because it was DisplayPort compatible.

    3) J5 Create USB 3.0 to HDMI Adapter.


    That worked. I used a USB C to USB 3.0 adapter and then plugged in the other J5 USB 3.0 adapter. Both monitors finally worked. This only worked because this adapter acts as an external video card. The problem I have with it is that is has a tiny bit of lag to it. It can work as an office substitute, but it isn't the most ideal option. I would never use it for gaming.

    I would really love to find a more optimal solution. I really don't understand this issue. I have had a MacBook Pro that had no issues with 3 monitors and a Dell XPS 15 that had no issues running 2 external monitors. I can't believe that with the 970M, I can't get native support of 2 external monitors.

    I regularly use this laptop for work with 2 LG ultrawide monitors. If I can't get this resolved, it might be a deal breaker for me.

    If anyone finds a good solution, please post soon!!!

  5. I am experiencing the same exact problem. This is unacceptable. It must be a software issue because thunderbolt 3 is fully capable of driving 2+ monitors. Please fix this RAZER.
  6. CorieNZ

    CorieNZ New Member

    Just received my Razer blade 2016 and have run into the same issue..

    I'm replacing a slightly dated MBPR and thought i'd at least be able to drive two extra displays via the two ports.. My old macbook has been driving 3 via the two thunderbolt / display ports and HDMI simultaneously.

    Also pretty underwhelmed at how the intel graphics seems to handle all the output of the rendering to desktop.. why not use the 970m with all that vram.!?

    Love the build of machine but seems like it's oddly crippled by intel HD bottleneck and lack of usable display connectivity. Not sure this is going to work for me as is.

    Any one know if this can be changed in a future software update or is this a hardware engineering limitation?
  7. Tereezy

    Tereezy Member

    mine works perfectly fine. did you update your drivers? microsoft store confirmed this.
  8. CorieNZ

    CorieNZ New Member

    Care to detail how you are using both ports at the same time? All my drivers and razer software say they are up to date..
  9. Alon_no_id

    Alon_no_id New Member

    Did anyone overcome this problem?
  10. GR8-Ride

    GR8-Ride Member

    Razer has only routed a SINGLE DP line to the Thunderbolt 3 interface (unlike Dell and Lenovo, who have routed 2 DP lines to the TB3 interface).

    So the issue becomes that only a single output works from either the HDMI port or the TB3 interface; can't have both active. Even with a TB3 to Dual Displayport adapter (such as the unit from Plugable.com), it will only support a SINGLE DP monitor.

    Using the USB 3.0 to HDMI / DP adapter works because it acts as an external video card. Using the on-board Intel 530 / GTX970M only allows a single monitor, whether it's via HDMI or TB3/DP.

  11. Alon_no_id

    Alon_no_id New Member

    Do you think that an MFT like this one will do the job? https://www.amazon.com/StarTech-com...e=UTF8&qid=1471234096&sr=8-3&keywords=mst+hub

    after converting TB3-->DP with this https://www.amazon.com/TechOrbits-T...62&sr=8-5&keywords=usb-c+display+port+adapter

    BTW, any recommended products to overcome this problem?
  12. GR8-Ride

    GR8-Ride Member

    Neither of those will work, as again, there is only a single Displayport line routed through the HDMI / TB3 interfaces. The Blade has two ports, but only a single output being shared between them.

    There are ONLY two ways to get multi-monitor support on the 2016 Razer Blade:

    1) Buy a Razer Core and install an desktop GPU with multiple HDMI / Displayport outputs on it.

    2) Buy a USB 3.0 to Displayport / HDMI adapter, such as this unit from Plugable.


    Even buying a unit like the Dell TB15 Thunderbolt Dock will not help, as again, the Thunderbolt 3 signal coming from the Blade will only contain a single DP signal.

    I don't run multiple monitors at home so I can't test whether Displayport's Multi-Stream technology would work (ie, single Displayport connection from Blade to 1-monitor, then Displayport connection from 1-monitor to the 2nd monitor). I suspect, however, that it would not work.

  13. Creambuzzthink677

    Creambuzzthink677 Active Member

    Using Plugable UD-3900 USB 3.0 docking station, I'm able to drive 2 external monitors through USB 3.0 (with both monitor plugged into the docking station). For gaming, I move the HDMI display from the docking station directly to the Blade so graphic won't be rendered via CPU. Works great.

    I'd test a third monitor if I had one, but my current setup is more than enough.

  14. protech_v2

    protech_v2 New Member

    Does anyone know if this goes for the new Stealth too?
  15. Creambuzzthink677

    Creambuzzthink677 Active Member

    Which docking station are you referring to? You can use Plugable UD-3900 USB 3.0 docking station on Stealth. Plugable also makes a USB-C one with power delivery so you can keep your Stealth powered while in use.

    Last time I review USB-C docking stations, they were too expensive and unreliable, frying many a laptop. The UD-3900 USB 3.0 docking station doesn't have that problem becasue there is no power being pushed to your computer. Since Stealth charges from USB-C, you won't be able to power your laptop while using the USB-C port for something else.

    Purchase at your own risk!
  16. protech_v2

    protech_v2 New Member

    I meant about using DisplayPort and TB3 at the same time...Whether it doesn't work on Stealth the same as it doesn't on Blade - it's a shame, it would have been a perfect laptop for me, but I need 2 external monitors for work. And I can't be buying 2 docks (for office and home) just because they screwed up the outputs - for the added price, you can buy X1 Carbon...However, even if it would work, I couldn't charge it at the same time, so - I'm afraid Stealth is a no-go for me :slightly_sad:
  17. Creambuzzthink677

    Creambuzzthink677 Active Member

    You're asking about a USB-C docking station with power delivery that can support 2 external monitors? Why not use the 3900 on the USB 3.0 and keep the power cord for powering the Stealth? That way you can keep your computer charged while driving 2 external displays.
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