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Andelvinian

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Hi, I own an Alienware 17R4 laptop and I'd like to know if it's possible to use an exterior monitor to experience a faster refresh rate.  The laptop has a 1920x1080 60Hz display.  It's comfortable but I'd like to be able to utilize it for more fast paced games that benefit from faster refresh rates.  

 

My laptop has the following ports according to this link:

http://www.dell.com/...4cfb&lang=en-us

 

I'm not exceedingly tech savvy and have done little besides basic setups and stuff with HDMI.  It sounds as if I'd need (two?) DVI cables in order to connect to a monitor that has a higher refresh rate than 60Hz.  Alienware offers a graphics amplifier which most definitely should be able to connect to a monitor than can refresh faster than 60Hz, but  I've been unable to confirm the drivers and connections on the graphics amplifier, and I'd prefer not to buy it just to play at 120, 144, or 240Hz on a larger monitor.  

 

So, based on the ports I have and what's necessary for playing games higher than 60Hz on a separate monitor, will I need to purchase the graphics amplifier?  Or is the potential connection already available with my laptop?

 

Or, what components/items are necessary to make a 60Hz laptop display run games at a higher Hz on a separate monitor?

 

Any help would be great, thanks for reading!

 

If it's of any help, these are some monitors I've looked at purchasing:

http://www.dell.com/...tor-accessories

https://www.ebuyer.c...or-um-fg6ee-b06

https://www.acer.com...el/UM.FG6AA.B01

https://us-store.ace...-xb240h-bbmjdpr

 

If you've got the time, any reccomendations for a FHD 120Hz and low response time monitor?

 

Thanks again :D


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does having a higher refresh rate make a difference.  I think it does.  Some games have the option to adjust the monitor refresh rate, some don't.  I have a dell 27" with gsync and love it.  The only question is the graphics card in your laptop an amd or nvidia?


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does having a higher refresh rate make a difference.  I think it does.  Some games have the option to adjust the monitor refresh rate, some don't.  I have a dell 27" with gsync and love it.  The only question is the graphics card in your laptop an amd or nvidia?

 

As far as I understand, the maximum visible framerate is limited to the refresh rate of the display.  I may be wrong.  I consistently run games over 60 frames, but only 60 are displayed I believe.  My laptop has a GTX 1070, so nvidia.  I don't know enough about free sync / g sync to say much, but I do know that toggling V-sync causes akward mouse delay in some games.  I'm mainly interested in a higher Hz display to limit screen tearing.


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