External Monitor Via Laptop HDMI 1.4 - Help?

edgarjames

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I have a laptop with AMD GPU, and HDMI 1.4 output (sadly no displayport). I want to purchase a 1440p external monitor to run from my laptop, but everything I've read indicates that maximum I'll be able to achieve via HDMI powered by my laptop will be 1080p @ 60Hz.

Does anyone know if there's a work-around for this? Perhaps a converter or adapter or something? Some way to run higher resolution to a monitor from this laptop? I'd like to use a 27" monitor at 1440p, but at 1080p I'll probably have to scale down to 24" or lower for sake of resolution.
 

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hdmi#Version_1.4

The limitation is on your laptop's GPU, not the HDMI cable. HDMI 1.4 is good up to 4K resolution (3840x2160) up to 30Hz.

So...if it's saying you can only get up to Full HD (1920x1080), that's a limitation on your GPU, not the HDMI port. However, at that resolution a 27" monitor will still look really good; you only need larger monitors when you get beyond that.
 

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What laptop do you have? HDMI 1.4 supports the resolution and refresh rate you listed so I don't know why it wouldn't work. The best place to find this out would be your laptop's manual which can be found on the manufacturers website.
 

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hdmi#Version_1.4

The limitation is on your laptop's GPU, not the HDMI cable. HDMI 1.4 is good up to 4K resolution (3840x2160) up to 30Hz.

So...if it's saying you can only get up to Full HD (1920x1080), that's a limitation on your GPU, not the HDMI port. However, at that resolution a 27" monitor will still look really good; you only need larger monitors when you get beyond that.
 
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