Thunderbolt 3 and 144hz monitor compatibility

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Adriansykz, May 19, 2016.

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  1. Hadokuun

    Hadokuun New Member


    I have been trying to find an answer to this but I wasn't able to dig anything up. I have a BenQ 1920x1080 144hz monitor. I was wondering if the Thunderbolt 3 on the New Razer Blade (2016) will be able to utilize the 144hz through a DVI-D adapter? I'm hoping it can run it since I'm planning to dock it to play FPS games on an external monitor when I'm not out and about.

    Also, do you think there would be input lag from the adapter? :eek:

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  2. Badgertista

    Badgertista Well-Known Member

    I think the real question would be : is there a game that the GTX 970m could run @ 144 fps to take advantage of the 144hz?
  3. 0V3R_K1LL

    0V3R_K1LL Well-Known Member

    Any input lag would be minimal but I think the real issue would be optimizing drivers, provided you have those you could use the 144hz and get your moneys worth. Other than that I dont think the delay really makes a huge difference unless you are playing professionally, I game at 75hz and I have played with 120hz too, not a huge game changer but its a very small advantage to begin with.
  4. Hadokuun

    Hadokuun New Member

    Hmm, otherwise thunderbolt 3 is capable of outputting 144hz in 1080p right?

    Thanks for the reply btw
  5. Brastic

    Brastic Active Member

    There would be no issue running from the Core. Running from the RBS, should not be an issue because the CPU and integrated GPU most likely will never come close to maxing out the 144 fps.

    Edit: Sorry, I thought that you were asking about the Stealth. As for the 2016 Blade, the TB3 does support, "Bi-directional, dual-protocol (PCI Express and DisplayPort)". With a TB3 to DVI-D adapter is will have no issue driving the monitor. The big question is will the GPU saturate the 144 Hz? That would be game specific.
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  6. 0V3R_K1LL

    0V3R_K1LL Well-Known Member

    Thunderbolt isnt needed to output anything, its a port that allows data transfer. It will only allow you GPU to render a frame and give it to your CPU inorder to display it. In terms of supporting it, yes Thunderbolt3 connected to the Razer Core with a good GPU will be able to run 144hz panel over a DVI connection or HDMI 2.0. But the support is highly driver dependent, I would wait for others to actually try this before investing.
  7. Bullseye07

    Bullseye07 Member

    the monitor output is done directly from the graphics card, not the tb3 port. Plug it into any input with 144 capability on the graphics card and you will be just fine.

    Edit : sorry thought u meant from the core. No idea if the tb3 from the blade can do love to know though.
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  8. mintouch

    mintouch Active Member

    Razer Blade is using optimus tech so you cannot use 144hz monitor unless you have a core & a desktop graphics card
  9. Hadokuun

    Hadokuun New Member

    Well, if that is the case... that's a huge bummer to me.... hmm =/
  10. 9377519279

    9377519279 Active Member

    Counter Strike for sure.
  11. Hadokuun

    Hadokuun New Member

    I'm hoping to play Overwatch with it at 144hz. I hope that I'll still be able to with just the Razer Blade without the core. D: *crosses fingers*
  12. 0V3R_K1LL

    0V3R_K1LL Well-Known Member

    You cant get 144 fps without the core on Overwatch. Its not CS or TF2, and besides 144hz isnt even an advantage in games like overwatch, they are more team dependent. Not like CS where 1 guy can go ham and ace the round.
  13. jdbogaard

    jdbogaard Member

    I hope they refresh the blade 2016 later this year before the holidays, seems like a waste to get a 970m with the pascal architecture so close
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  14. Brastic

    Brastic Active Member

    Designing a laptop is very different than a desktop. For a desktop, when a new GPU comes out, you pretty much just plug it in. For laptops, it is like designing a new motherboard that has space and thermal constraints. I mean that each laptop is it's own custom design. Look how long it took Razer to get the Skylake processor out to market. My WAG (Wild "donkey" guess) is that we will not see Pascal in a Razer laptop till next years model. That is about how long it took them to roll out the 970m. For a laptop, I really do not want them to rush anything as I want it to run for years.
  15. Saozhu

    Saozhu New Member

    The laptop technology are limited by battery and space.... I am just weird, what if a gaming laptop could play anywhere but no battery life? Anyone think about this? Even a gaming laptop has batter can't running a high quality game over 3 hours. Then why you need battery?
  16. Psyjin

    Psyjin Well-Known Member

    Well I think I would rather have 3 hours to 0 hours. And I would still have the ability to use the laptop for non-gaming purposes which would extend the battery life by quite a bit. A laptop that you can only use plugged in removes a lot of the convenience.

    I would rather have a wireless charging 'pylon' design, so whenever you are near a pylon at school, work, in public, or at home, it will top off your battery wirelessly. Kind of like Wi-Fi except for charging.
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