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Old Apr 19, 2013, 01:13 PM   #1
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High end 27" iMac for triple monitor gaming

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I have a 27" iMac (680MX, i7, 32 gb ram, fusion drive) and Im thinking about buying 2 1080p monitors for it and play games like, Minecraft, Counterstrike source, Borderlands 2, Battlefield 3, Far Cry 3. Do you think the 680mx will handle it in normal/high settings? So far i can run all games on ultra settings in the imacs native resolution with around 60 fps.

And is it possible for the 2 monitors to be smaller then the actual 27" imac screen? Im thinking of 21,5"
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Old Apr 19, 2013, 03:54 PM   #2
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GTX 680MX and GTX675MX game scores

this should help;
http://www.notebookcheck.net/NVIDIA-...X.83519.0.html


and for those on the GTX 675MX card:
http://www.notebookcheck.net/NVIDIA-...X.82580.0.html
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Old Apr 20, 2013, 12:25 AM   #3
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Notebookcheck shows general benchmarks for the gpu, but no specific information info on nVidia surround on the iMac. Technically it's supported, but so is 3D, which is not supported on the iMac 27, as this feature depends on the display as well.

I'm interested in this as well, but haven't found any definitive answer. Anyone tried this or know more about whether this is possible, and how games like borderlands 2 run on a triple display setup with the imac 27 680mx?
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Old Apr 20, 2013, 05:08 AM   #4
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I don't think it'd run very well with 3 monitors. My 2012 27" iMac (i7, 680MX, Fusion) runs any current game with high-ultra settings at native res @ 60FPS, but if it had to push 3x the pixels, that would be asking a lot.

If you want your computer exclusively for multi-screen gaming, you're better off buying a PC with 2 or 3 GTX680s in SLI for the same price... You won't get the gorgeous form factor or build quality of a Mac, and you're stuck with windows, but you'll definitely get better gaming performance.
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Old Apr 20, 2013, 06:32 AM   #5
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I don't think it'd run very well with 3 monitors. My 2012 27" iMac (i7, 680MX, Fusion) runs any current game with high-ultra settings at native res @ 60FPS, but if it had to push 3x the pixels, that would be asking a lot.

If you want your computer exclusively for multi-screen gaming, you're better off buying a PC with 2 or 3 GTX680s in SLI for the same price... You won't get the gorgeous form factor or build quality of a Mac, and you're stuck with windows, but you'll definitely get better gaming performance.
I already have my iMac, (been using it since 21. dec 2012) I don't want to swap it for a pc...

But im thinking that it's only minecraft and counterstrike source that will run smooth... (since minecraft is using the cpu for the graphical parts)
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Old Apr 20, 2013, 07:01 AM   #6
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Yeah I think you need a lot more power. Think of the pixels your running on a single mobile graphics card!!


Maybe what you should do instead is hook it up with a HDMI cable to your HDTV and play from your couch with a wireless mouse and keyboard.
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Old Apr 20, 2013, 09:37 AM   #7
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If your goal is to play the games across all three monitors, a new machine is likely in order. If you're just wanting a triple monitor setup and to do gaming on your iMac's screen alone then you shouldn't have a problem. My 2011 iMac is able to do triple monitors while I do a bit of gaming and so long as I'm not trying to do anything too intensive outside of the game it works fine.

I should also note that the Nvidia site doesn't list Nvidia surround as an available feature on the 680mx. Triple monitor gaming will be hugely limited in Windows, and practically non-existent in OS X with that card.
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Old Apr 21, 2013, 04:22 AM   #8
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If your goal is to play the games across all three monitors, a new machine is likely in order. If you're just wanting a triple monitor setup and to do gaming on your iMac's screen alone then you shouldn't have a problem. My 2011 iMac is able to do triple monitors while I do a bit of gaming and so long as I'm not trying to do anything too intensive outside of the game it works fine.

I should also note that the Nvidia site doesn't list Nvidia surround as an available feature on the 680mx. Triple monitor gaming will be hugely limited in Windows, and practically non-existent in OS X with that card.
But do you think CounterStrike Source and Minecraft will be playable?
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