AW 15 R3 Screen Upgrade options (non G-Sync)

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    cookinwitdiesel Retired Bencher

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    I currently have the AW 15 R3 with 6820HK and 1070. I have the 60 Hz UHD IPS Screen and am very interested to know what options I have for a higher refresh rate. Ideally, I would be looking at 120/144 Hz 1440p but I really do not know what is out there on the market (or what will work in this laptop).

    I do NOT have G-Sync (uses a different motherboard to route the display differently). Do the G-Sync screens still cable up to a non-G-sync motherboard? Are the eDP cables the same? I have a lot to learn here.

    Thanks!
     
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    cookinwitdiesel Retired Bencher

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    I have not taken the laptop apart yet but from what I can tell my starting state is this: LQ156D1 screen with 40-pin eDP with 4 lanes.

    http://www.panelook.com/LQ156D1JX01_SHARP_15.6_LCM_overview_21688.html

    One candidate screen that I can otherwise find no info about is the 15.6" FHD 144 Hz screen in the new 15" Razer Blade (LGD05C0). It has great color accuracy and the refresh rate is obviously 144 Hz but I can't find anything about it online. Here is the readout from HWinfo64 on aforementioned Blade laptop. I picked up one to compare to my AW 15 but am thinking if I just upgrade the screen on my current laptop that would keep me plenty happy for the near future.

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    Got another awesome tidbit of info, the magical and awesome screen in my Razer Blade 15.6" is a 40 pin eDP connector! I heard someone saying in another thread that it is also IPS as well as 144 Hz. This is THE screen.

    Would it be safe to try plugging the Blade screen into my AW 15 without removing anything, just moving the cable across as much as slack will allow while keeping the screen installed on the Blade. Just to see if it will work?
     
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    Well, I boldly decided to try the screen swap just because I could. It was very easy to remove the Razer Blade 15.6" lid completely and plug the eDP cable into the slot on the AW 15 which is also easily accessible. When I powered up the AW 15 I got a nice melodic song and then a 3-2-1 beep code. Assuming that meant no dice, I put everything back together the way it was originally. The AW 15 came back up with the UHD screen plugged in no problem like nothing ever happened. The Blade however had a backlight on the screen but no other signal that I could tell - somewhere some wires got crossed and the screen may be damaged? So the Blade is going back to the store tomorrow (still in my return window - very well may just be that the connector came lose inside the lid where I didn't want to go, it is a weird design where the ribbon is externally exposed in the hinge) but now we at least have that datapoint. I really hope it was just the cables and the screen can work because it is a fantastic screen!!
     
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