Lenovo Yoga Pro 3 with external monitors 2560×1440@60Hz and higher

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A few readers asked about using larger hi-resolution monitors with the Lenovo Yoga Pro 3. Given the general lack of info and the nebulous “specifications may vary” statement on the Lenovo website it is understandable that folks were concerned. Who wants to buy a premium laptop without knowing whether it will work with their premium monitor? Well I borrowed a Yoga Pro 3 from a colleague today to test it out with an Asus 4K monitor (PB287Q).

First of all, for those concerned about using this laptop with a 4K monitor, it works out of the box with no issues with a $2 microHDMI->standard HDMI adapter. The only drawback of using a 4K resolution is that the refresh rate is limited to 29Hz/30Hz which for me is a bit sluggish. There is no way around this limitation with any driver tweaks as far as I could tell. The Intel Broadwell Core-M simply does not have the capability of driving a 4K panel faster.

Using the 2560×1440 resolution also defaulted to 29Hz/30Hz, but I was able to get it to sync to 60Hz with some tweaks in the Intel Control panel. Just drop into the Intel control panel by right-clicking on the desktop and selecting “Graphics properties”. After futzing with the awkward UI in this particular version of the Intel driver (whatever shipped with the Yoga) I found the custom mode settings. You need to click the down arrow next to the word “Display” to reveal all the options. Once you select Custom resolutions and click OK to the warnings about possibly blowing up your computer, you’ll get an interface like this:


Note the “CVT-RB” timing option which reduces the overall throughput needed to sync to the panel. Also note that I chose interlaced mode. non-interlaced works just fine too but you can try either.

With the external monitor attached, I found that with the Yoga panel set at native resolution (3200×1800) sometimes the panel would go black or the monitor would go black. I’m not sure if it was my cables or something else since I only had the laptop for 30 minutes or so. I set the Yoga to 1600×900 and didn’t see that behavior but it could have just been a random thing. Also I found that when switching between resolutions via the Intel control panel sometimes it didn’t switch properly. But if I went in the Microsoft display control panel and set the resolution there it worked fine. Could just be a buggy Intel driver. In any case with just a minute or two of tweaks, I had a reliable 2560×1440@60p refresh and it looked great!

Here are a few more screenshots of dxdiag etc. all reporting 60Hz.


Here is the laptop and monitor together. Obviously the 28″ Asus dwarfs the 13″ laptop and the scaling is all wrong between the two monitors, but otherwise it looks OK:



Now to use the more popular 27″ 2560×1440 monitor size (109dpi) with the 13.3″ 3200×1800 (276dpi) laptop screen and have all the sizes match up, you need 100% scaling on the 27″ monitor and 250% scaling on the Lenovo. Unfortunately Windows 8.1 doesn’t do this right. So you can either get Windows 10 for independent monitor scaling, or add the custom resolution of 1280×720 or 1366×768 to the Yoga panel using the custom resolution feature described above. For more info on matching resolutions see the dpi-scaling article. For more info on using multiple monitors see the docking article.

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11 thoughts on “Lenovo Yoga Pro 3 with external monitors 2560×1440@60Hz and higher

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  1. HDMI as commonly implemented can only drive 4k at 30Hz.
    You need DisplayPort to drive 4k at 60Hz.


  2. I am using my Yoga 3 Pro with Windows 8.1 and a Dell S2430L that has 1920×1080 screen resolution. The set up works, but I have to play with the resolution tweek every time I start up the lap top. When I open the screen resolution tool in Windows and identify the monitors it has them shown as opposites. In other words the computer identifies the dell as number 2 monitor but when I identify them it is shown as 1. Does anyone know what this is caused by and a possible solution?


  3. Just purchased Dell P2416D. Specs say it only can do 2560×1440@60Hz.
    Plugged into my HDMI port Yoga 2 Port and Windows 10 defaulted to the same 3200×1800@59Hz on the dell as well as the Yoga display.
    From what I read, this should not be possible, but works great.


  4. Bobkat, the Dell screen is not magically running at a higher-than advertised resolution. If you re using screen duplication mode where both screen show the same image, then the Dell screen is just showing the same image as best it can within its resolution constraints.
    You probably already know this, but for others reading this blog, Windows 10 typically defaults to screen duplication mode. So when you plug in the external monitor you see the same image on both screens. You can press the Windows-key+P to bring up the menu to switch to extended mode so you can have one program on the laptop screen and another program on the desktop screen. Many folks prefer to have different content on each screen.


  5. Bobkat, try running dxdiag.exe. This will give you more detailed information than the pretty control panel. If you click "save all info" within dxdiag you can share your system config information with other folks as well.


  6. Danchar4, ran Dxdiag with the Dell P2416D external monitor connected to the Yoag2Pro. Looks like you were correct. I was not aware that the Intel HD4400 display drivers in the Yoga could drive two monitors at two different resolutions at the same time.
    With the external monitor running at a lower resolution, shouldn't I be seeing less information on that screen versus looking at the Yoga2Pro screen?
    Display Devices
             Card name: Intel(R) HD Graphics Family
          Manufacturer: Intel Corporation
             Chip type: Intel(R) HD Graphics Family
              DAC type: Internal
           Device Type: Full Device
            Device Key: EnumPCIVEN_8086&DEV_0A16&SUBSYS_397817AA&REV_0B
        Display Memory: 4164 MB
      Dedicated Memory: 112 MB
         Shared Memory: 4052 MB
          Current Mode: 3200 x 1800 (32 bit) (60Hz)
          Monitor Name: Generic PnP Monitor
         Monitor Model: unknown
            Monitor Id: SDC424A
           Native Mode: 3200 x 1800(p) (60.000Hz)
           Output Type: Internal
          Monitor Name: Dell P2416D(HDMI)
         Monitor Model: DELL P2416D
            Monitor Id: DELA0C3
           Native Mode: 2560 x 1440(p) (59.951Hz)
           Output Type: HDMI
           Driver Name: igdumdim64.dll,igd10iumd64.dll,igd10iumd64.dll,igd12umd64.dll,igdumdim32,igd10iumd32,igd10iumd32,igd12umd32
    Driver File Version: 10.18.0015.4279 (English)
        Driver Version:
           DDI Version: 12
        Feature Levels: 11.1,11.0,10.1,10.0,9.3,9.2,9.1
          Driver Model: WDDM 2.0


  7. Hi Bobkat, Here is an old article from Windows Vista about multiple monitors that you may find helpful:
    Although the experience much better in Windows 10, the guide is still valid today. You can choose to have the same info on both screens (mirrored/duplication/clone-mode) or have different info on the two screens with extended mode.
    In mirror/clone mode, when the two screens are different size/resolution, like your laptop and monitor, the OS will map one screen to the other so the same information appears. Like in other operating systems, depending on the screens used, there may be some visible side effects of this mirroring approach like anti-aliasing artifacts on certain icons/text or black bars across the top/sides of one of the screens (like letter-boxing when watching a movie). Most of the time these artifacts are not noticeable.
    For desktop scenarios it is recommended that you use extended monitors so that you can have one app on one screen and one app on the other screen simultaneously. Use Winkey+P to bring up the quick menu to switch into extend mode. For beginners, there can be a learning curve in getting used to using two monitors, but after 2 or 3 days, most folks never want to go back to a single monitor.
    You can find many guides online about how to optimize your multi mon setup and if you have further questions
    I recommend you post at http://answers.microsoft.com as I'm kind of getting out of the scope of what I want this blog to be about.
    Anyway, try extended mode. It will be weird at first, but stick with it for a few days.


  8. We have gotten the monitor to show decently but every time we connect it or disconnect it the resolution needs to be changed and the computer needs to be restarted. Is there a monitor that has a matching resolution so we don't need to do this?
    Thank you!


  9. Hi – I am using yoga 3 windows 8.1. I have only ever gotten 1920 X 1080 option with external monitors. I have tried different cables, and different monitors but the result is the same… Any ideas?

    Display Devices
    Card name: Intel(R) HD Graphics 5300
    Manufacturer: Intel Corporation
    Chip type: Intel(R) HD Graphics Family
    DAC type: Internal
    Device Type: Full Device
    Device Key: EnumPCIVEN_8086&DEV_161E&SUBSYS_390617AA&REV_09
    Display Memory: 3839 MB
    Dedicated Memory: 0 MB
    Shared Memory: 3839 MB
    Current Mode: 1920 x 1080 (32 bit) (59Hz)
    Monitor Name: Generic PnP Monitor
    Monitor Model: VE248
    Monitor Id: ACI2494
    Native Mode: 1920 x 1080(p) (60.000Hz)
    Output Type: HDMI
    Driver Name: igdumdim64.dll,igd10iumd64.dll,igd10iumd64.dll,igdumdim32,igd10iumd32,igd10iumd32
    Driver File Version: 10.18.0014.4029 (English)
    Driver Version:
    DDI Version: 11.1
    Feature Levels: 11.1,11.0,10.1,10.0,9.3,9.2,9.1
    Driver Model: WDDM 1.3
    Graphics Preemption: Triangle
    Compute Preemption: Thread group
    Miracast: Not Supported by WiFi driver
    Hybrid Graphics GPU: Integrated
    Power P-states: Not Supported
    Driver Attributes: Final Retail
    Driver Date/Size: 11/21/2014 18:54:16, 24201368 bytes
    WHQL Logo’d: n/a
    WHQL Date Stamp: n/a
    Device Identifier: {D7B78E66-555E-11CF-A77B-0819B4C2C735}
    Vendor ID: 0x8086
    Device ID: 0x161E
    SubSys ID: 0x390617AA
    Revision ID: 0x0009
    Driver Strong Name: oem5.inf:5f63e53478688370:iBDWM_w81:
    Rank Of Driver: 00DA2001


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