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Old Oct 26, 2012, 10:15 AM   #1
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Triple Display New Mac Mini 2012

Hey everyone,

I am debating on whether to get the New Mac Mini 2012 or not. I know from reading the forums the MacBook Pro Retina 15inch, can drive quite a number of monitors.

Can the current new mini drive 3 monitors at 1920x1200. I have two monitors which have DVI/VGA/HDMI and one which has DVI/VGA/HDMI/Displayport.

Since Mac Mini has 1 Thunderbolt, and 1 HDMI - is there anyway I can split the Thunderbolt to 2 DVI's and then use 1 HDMI or is there HDMI splitters to DVI?

I have been searching monoprice for adapters etc, and I really have no idea if there is a splitter.

Or is this is best solution Matrox Dual Head 2 Go - Connect 2 1920x1200 Monitors to it, and One monitor via HDMI for 1920x1200.

I am trying to find the cheapest best alternative option for this. As I have an eye for the base model Mac Mini only (I am not a gamer, even if I play it would be some simple card games like solitaire, poker or chess).

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Old Oct 26, 2012, 02:56 PM   #2
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1 x mini display / thunderbolt --> 2 x HDMI

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...rd-Accessories
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Old Oct 26, 2012, 03:09 PM   #3
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1 x mini display / thunderbolt --> 2 x HDMI

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...rd-Accessories
I've used this very cable from my thunderbolt port of my 2011 Macbook Pro to dual HDMI monitors. This would be the cheapest way to get 3 HDMI monitors going on the 2012 mac Minis. Too bad this one doesn't work on HD3000 computers, but oh well.
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Old Oct 26, 2012, 04:17 PM   #4
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Very Cool

Thanks for the suggestions. I just wish the new Mac Mini had 2-3 Thunderbolt ports. Oh well
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Old Jan 17, 2013, 01:54 PM   #5
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Mac Mini 2012 Triple Monitor

YES. YES. YES!

I have a 2012 i7 Mac Mini with three displays, none of them mirrored.

You can read more in my review (link below). I am posting this because I spent a lot of time trying to get this work and the answer turned out to be quite simple.

http://www.amazon.com/J5-Create-JUA3...cm_cr-mr-title
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Old Jan 17, 2013, 04:43 PM   #6
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Thanks for the tip on the USB 3.0 to HDMI/DVI Display Adapter.

I replaced my 2006 Mac Pro 1,1 with a Late 2012 Mac Mini and was disappointed to find that the Intel HD Graphics 4000 768 MB graphics can only drive 2 displays (in any combination).
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Old Jan 18, 2013, 05:20 AM   #7
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YES. YES. YES!

I have a 2012 i7 Mac Mini with three displays, none of them mirrored.

You can read more in my review (link below). I am posting this because I spent a lot of time trying to get this work and the answer turned out to be quite simple.

http://www.amazon.com/J5-Create-JUA3...cm_cr-mr-title
Thanks for that, it's got me sold on such a product. Thanks for writing the review on Amazon too. Helpful.
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Old Jan 18, 2013, 10:24 AM   #8
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You could try getting a dock like this which adds an extra hdmi & dvi port.

http://www.amazon.com/Toshiba-Dynado.../dp/B006ZGWJU2


I've personally never used it though, so I can't give any input to its reliability.
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Old Jan 18, 2013, 01:36 PM   #9
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1 x mini display / thunderbolt --> 2 x HDMI

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I've used this very cable from my thunderbolt port of my 2011 Macbook Pro to dual HDMI monitors. This would be the cheapest way to get 3 HDMI monitors going on the 2012 mac Minis. Too bad this one doesn't work on HD3000 computers, but oh well.
Discontinued? These appear to be out of stock everywhere, even direct from the manufacturer.
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hmm..Can't the Mac mini's Thunderbolt port daisy chain? So you could daisy chain three Thunderbold displays from that one port? Or am I mistaken?
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hmm..Can't the Mac mini's Thunderbolt port daisy chain? So you could daisy chain three Thunderbold displays from that one port? Or am I mistaken?
Yes, but you can only do that with a TBD monitor. Many want to use cheaper alternatives. Further, I believe the HD4000 can only do two TBD and can't use the HDMI when 2 TBD monitors are being used (I could be wrong on that).

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Discontinued? These appear to be out of stock everywhere, even direct from the manufacturer.
Yeah, looking like so. Bummer. Mine worked really well.
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Old Jan 24, 2013, 05:39 PM   #12
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The HDMI splitter is sold out but see below, as I quote myself.

http://www.amazon.com/review/R3A71KR...cm_cr_rdp_perm

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YES. YES. YES!

I have a 2012 i7 Mac Mini with three displays, none of them mirrored.

You can read more in my review (link below). I am posting this because I spent a lot of time trying to get this work and the answer turned out to be quite simple.

http://www.amazon.com/J5-Create-JUA3...cm_cr-mr-title

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Old Jan 24, 2013, 05:45 PM   #13
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hmm..Can't the Mac mini's Thunderbolt port daisy chain? So you could daisy chain three Thunderbold displays from that one port? Or am I mistaken?


1 ThunderBolt (TB) connection will daisy-chain 6 devices..

ThunderBolt(TB) spec sheet
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