Razer Blade/GTX 1060 QHD+ or 1080p?

Discussion in 'Systems' started by AjwadSabano, Oct 14, 2016.

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  1. AJ_AllTheWay

    AJ_AllTheWay Member

    Hey guys. My main reason of buying the blade is to play AAA games maxed out in 1080p at a beautiful screen, but at the same time I would love to enjoy watching some 4K content from YouTube or Netflix on that bad boy, so I was wondering if anyone could give me some insight as to how the 1080p scaling is on the 2016 QHD+ Blade when gaming. Will there be any slight difference in a QHD+ display that is scaled down to a non-native 1080p when we compare it with the native 1080p version of the Blade? Will there be any slight blurriness in the scaled-down display or totally nothing at all?

    Talking about battery, what would be the battery life of the QHD+ 2016 blade versus the 1080p version when doing some light tasks like surfing the web and watching videos? Will scaling down the QHD+ display to a non-native 1080p resolution extend the battery life of the laptop so that it will share the same battery life of that of the 1080p Blade?

    Any replies would be appreciated as this is my main concern now.
    Thank you.
  2. brightcinder

    brightcinder Member

    I can give some general answers here based on knowledge of displays and GPUs...

    If you set a QHD+ system to 1080p, then the CPU and GPU will render at 1080p. The upscaling to QHD+ is done with a hardware scaler as the GPU sends pixels to the display, so it costs nothing in terms of performance. In theory then, you can have game performance like FHD on the QHD+ screen.

    You shouldn't notice the upscaling for video or games; the only place you might would be things like crisp text (in other words, while browsing the web/writing).

    The QHD+ panel is going to take more power, both because it's a touchscreen and because more pixels are getting sent to it. That would be mitigated a bit if you lowered the resolution, but only partly. The CPU and GPU would do a bit less work, but the display still inherently needs more power. Besides, surfing the web and watching videos are uses where QHD+ would be worth having. (I don't have numbers for how much battery life QHD+ costs. It should be a noticeable-but-not-huge difference.)

    I believe the QHD+ and FHD panels also have different color gamuts and different response times. So that may factor into your decision.

    Personally, I went for QHD+ since I wanted a nice high res display for photo editing and daily use. I don't game that much, and the slightly shorter battery life didn't matter to me. But Razer offers FHD for the hardcore gaming crowd. If that's you, then there you go. :) Good luck!
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  3. reloader-1

    reloader-1 Well-Known Member

    Well... The QHD+ is not 4K, so you still won't be able to watch that at native resolution.
  4. AJ_AllTheWay

    AJ_AllTheWay Member

    Thanks! If your laptop is the 2016 model, how many hours does it last when doing light tasks like surfing the web?
  5. AJ_AllTheWay

    AJ_AllTheWay Member

    I've heard that QHD+ doesn't differ that much from 4k since QHD+ is 3200x1800 and 4K is 3840x2160. So watching 4K content on a QHD+ screen will not look that much of a difference than a 4K one.
  6. Ridha_Baqshi

    Ridha_Baqshi Active Member

    I agree with that. I watch 4K content on my QHD+ blade and it looks stunning. The only thing I don't like about the screen of the QHD+ is the grainy texture behind the display. In my opinion, the rMBP screen looks way better than the Blade's QHD+, even though the Blade has higher res display. I recommend that you have a look at it in person before buying.
  7. Firebat246

    Firebat246 The One

    This is exactly why I chose FHD this time... no gloss.. no grain behind the screen.
  8. Ridha_Baqshi

    Ridha_Baqshi Active Member

    I actually prefer the look of the glossy screen, but the reflection isn't very good.
    Does the FHD screen has better viewing angles? because the QHD+ isn't great when it comes to viewing angles.
  9. Firebat246

    Firebat246 The One

    Matte screens will offer better viewing angles yes. Just the overall experience on the matte for gaming is better. I've always thought so at least.
  10. Ridha_Baqshi

    Ridha_Baqshi Active Member

    I don't think I can live with a FHD screen even if it's better in some ways, because I moved from a rMBP to the QHD+ Razer Blade.
  11. XarockX

    XarockX Member

    Same reason i went QHD+. Was looking at my old XPS 15 w/ 1080p that the gf uses now compared to the rMBP and decided I liked the extra resolution too much to give it up.
  12. BaccaBoss2

    BaccaBoss2 Active Member

    Yeah, the rMBP screen is stunning, viewing angles are good, colors are very good, my only gripe is that it is an absolute fingerprint magnet. I have yet to see a Blade in person, but I doubt even RAZER can beat the beauty of the display, but they probably come very close.
  13. Firebat246

    Firebat246 The One

    I have a 17 inch clevo laptop from Mythlogic that's FHD matte and I got so used to that.... so I'll be ok transitioning back to that on the Razer. I only wish they offered a 3k-4K Matte screen. I'd buy into that.
  14. AJ_AllTheWay

    AJ_AllTheWay Member

    If only Mac made their own lineup of gaming laptops.... but life is always incomplete.
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  15. BaccaBoss2

    BaccaBoss2 Active Member

    When the new rMBPs come out (hopefully) later this month, the 15" should have an RX
    4?0 dGPU in the upscale model. It will not perform as nice as the Blade, but it should come close and have better battery.
  16. storyeasyDiamond241

    storyeasyDiamond241 New Member

    For anyone who has the QHD; if you drop the resolution to 1920x1080 (or around there) do you run into any issues? I heard your options are A) things look fuzzy or B) you reduce it to a resolution it's more comfortable with and it's sharp but you have black bars around the edges because it doesn't fit correctly. 3200x1800 seems pretty big for a screen this size. Thanks.
  17. bimstr12

    bimstr12 Member

    I ordered, the new Razer FHD 1 TB today, and I am gonna highlight my use cases
    1. Entertainment: I need it for gaming and watching videos on the go. I will use my MBP for Work and School. In addition I don't wanna tweak each and every game to 1080p, with the QHD, and a quest for that perfect resolution. Just wanna keep it simple.
    2. Portability: I chose Razer because, its compact, I don wanna lug around a 10 lb machine, and look for a table where I can set it up just to do some surfing and watching YouTube Videos around campus, unlike Spookyware (just avoiding the real name).
    3. Smaller Games: I play for 3 hours at a time, especially after a 6 pack, and play games such as Monstrum, playing hide and seek with the Brute. I guess it might hold up..
    4. I do not like the touch screen, as I hate finger prints on the screen. Its just my OCD. Hence the touchscreen is of no consequence to me.
    I hope I get a flawless piece of machinery.
    Although I agree with most here that QHD RB is simply gorgeous, as I checked it out in the microsoftstore last night.
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