High end 27" iMac for triple monitor gaming

Discussion in 'iMac' started by Fantola, Apr 19, 2013.

  1. macrumors member

    Oct 12, 2012
    Århus, Denmark

    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"
  2. macrumors member

    Red Fuji

    Mar 13, 2012
    USA-Pacifc Standard Time
  3. macrumors regular

    Feb 15, 2010
    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?
  4. macrumors newbie

    Oct 16, 2012
    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.
  5. thread starter macrumors member

    Oct 12, 2012
    Århus, Denmark
    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)
  6. macrumors 6502a


    Jan 22, 2008
    Yeah I think you need a lot more power. Think of the pixels your running on a single mobile graphics card!!:D

    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.
  7. macrumors newbie

    Apr 20, 2013
    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.
  8. thread starter macrumors member

    Oct 12, 2012
    Århus, Denmark
    But do you think CounterStrike Source and Minecraft will be playable?
  9. macrumors 6502a

    Nov 20, 2010
    You could play the original STALKER game (Shadow of Chernobyl) + the Complete 2009 mod. That is one amazing game, incredible atmosphere. Also very stable and nice graphics with the Complete mod.
  10. macrumors 6502a

    Winter Charm

    Jul 31, 2008
    The frame rates you get at a 4K resolution (say 12) * 4/3 will tell you what you'd get at 4x 1080p.

    So... about 16 fps if your starting fps was 12.

    Or, just take your FPS at 1080p and divide it by 3.
  11. macrumors member

    Sep 19, 2008
    Will struggle. I think a 680m is just enough to handle 1080p with some AA. Triple that would be tough i'm guessing.

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