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Hi everyone


I am currently in the process of working out what monitor to get to extend my laptop and make it my primary display.  The laptop has a GTX 1080 in it, and I went with the 17.3" FHD 1920 x 1080 IPS WVA Matte 60Hz LED with G-Sync to save a bit of money from the overall price. instead of a 1440p one.


If I opt for a 1440p size monitor will I be able to have 2 different resolutions that utilise the full screen or will it be, using the extended display, I end up with the laptop screen with black bars around it as it wants to follow the 1440p monitor, as that seems to happen using  win 7, or does win 10 support having 2 different resolutions using extended display.


The main thing I use the laptop secondary screen for is teamspeak or looking at a link someone has given me to read if im in a game, or voice attack, so its not a huge issue, but would still like the screen to be utilised at its fullest.


Metabox Prime-X P870DM2-G
17.3" FHD 1920 x 1080 IPS WVA Matte 60Hz LED with G-Sync
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 8GB GDDR5X VRAM - G-Sync
Intel Core i7-6700K Processor (8M Cache up to 4.2 GHz)
16GB DDR4 2400MHZ (1 x 16GB)
Crucial MX300 525GB SATA 3 M.2 SSD
No Secondary M.2 SSD Drive - Optional Upgrade
No Secondary Hard Drive - Optional Upgrade
Intel 8260 AC Dual Band WIFI/BT (up to 867 Mbps)
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Any modern computer, especially one with a 1080 can run two different resolutions.

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As long as you make sure you don't run them synchronised (both monitors showing the same image) they both should run at their native resolutions.


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