dual monitors on MBP: question b4 i make the plunge for a 30"

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  1. breadz macrumors newbie

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    as of now, there is no way to get 16xx by 12xx on 2 external monitors on a macbook pro correct?

    ive read that the matrox adapter only will support 1080 by 960 on 2 dual monitors.
     
  2. Chundles macrumors G4

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    Don't arse about with crappy adapters that aren't supported. Bust out the 30" ACD and revel in it's enormity. Seriously - it's bloody huge.
     
  3. poppe macrumors 68020

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    I thought 30" didn't work on MBP?
     
  4. generik macrumors 601

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    You can always run it in 640*480
     
  5. Josias macrumors 68000

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    :p

    no, the MBP will run the 30" ACD at full res. (2560x1600), side by side the internal MBP screen (1440x900 or 1680x1050).:rolleyes:
     
  6. generik macrumors 601

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    Serious?!?

    No, really, I didn't know that, I always though you need some super duper gpu power to power that 30"
     
  7. poppe macrumors 68020

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    Yeah i've been told over and over that you need Dual DV-I
     
  8. Silentwave macrumors 68000

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    To be specific, you need Dual-Link DVI, which the MBP has.
     
  9. Josias macrumors 68000

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    Oh, here we go again.

    DVI: A single plug digital monitor connection, which can drive monitors up to 1920x1200 pixles.

    Duallink DVI (DDL): A single plug digital monitor connection, whixh can drive monitors up to 3840x2400 pixles.

    There is no such thing as Dual DVI. It is the expression for two DVI plugs. Duallink DVI looks excactly the same as DVI, but can drive screens with twice as many vertical and horizontal pixels. Apple current lineup has the following support:

    MacBook: Mini-DVI (can be expanded to DVI through a $19 adapter from Apple).
    iMac: Mini-DVI (can be expanded to DVI through a $19 adapter from Apple).
    MacMini: DVI.
    MacBook Pro: Duallink DVI.
    MacPro: 1xDVI and 1xDuallink DVI. Can if upgraded to X1900XT or Quadro FX4500 have 2xDuallink DVI.

    20" ACD: Requires DVI.
    23" ACD: Requires DVI.
    30" ACD: Rquires daullink DVI.
     
  10. BakedBeans macrumors 68040

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    I agree with chundles, 30 is a beast and I plan to get one myself, they are stunning.
     
  11. Trekkie macrumors 6502a

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    I chickened out and got the 23". an extra grand for 7" just didn't work out for me. I can always add one later though :)
     
  12. BakedBeans macrumors 68040

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    that 7 inches is a masssssive differences though.
     
  13. Josias macrumors 68000

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    Also 2.3 mpx vs. 4 mpx, but I competely agreew with you. The 30" is overkill, and unless you just wanna go gung ho with latets and greatest, a 23" is whatever will serve you and your wallet best.:rolleyes:
     
  14. AlBDamned macrumors 68030

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    Ouch - according to Apple, it's not just 7"...

     
  15. Trekkie macrumors 6502a

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    I take exception to the 77% number, because that's same size pixel increase, not the same for those of us with eye problems that don't let you see tiny tiny print
     
  16. miniConvert macrumors 68040

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    The 30" ACD's are just fantastic. I currently work on a Dell 670 with dual 20" LCD's, but am dumping (not literally, it'll just get used less) this for a Mac Pro with a single 30".

    Dual monitors are overrated.
     
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    You mean overrated or just not as good as one big Phat screen like a 30" ADC?

    I love using dual monitors whenever I can, it's a huge help when workingon lots of stuff or across documents/projects. Much better than one screen so I'm not sure it's overrated. However, given the choice of 1x30 screen or 2x23, I'd definitely go for the 1x30".

    Of course, wouldn't complain with 2x30!
     
  19. Trekkie macrumors 6502a

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    Don't get me wrong, I love the 30" monitor. But for $1000 I could get a 500GB HD, 2GB of RAM, and the ATI 1900XT. You can always upgrade monitors next year after tax refund :)
     
  20. amin macrumors 6502a

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    From the Apple Store (highlighting added):
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    The Powerbook which preceded the current MBPs also supported the 30" in all its glory.
     
  21. Spanky Deluxe macrumors 601

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    That is soooo coool!!!
     
  22. regre7 macrumors 6502

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    Okay, I'm going to become an oncologist now.
     

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