New 27" iMac 2012 external monitor

Discussion in 'iMac' started by beerglass007, Dec 4, 2012.

  1. macrumors 6502

    May 13, 2008
    Hi all

    On the older iMac's you could only use the 27" as an external monitor.

    Do we know about the new iMac 2012 ?

    Is this still possible or not now?

  2. macrumors 6502a


    Nov 15, 2012
    How do you mean this? Ive got a 2009 imac with a 24" cinema display attached..
  3. thread starter macrumors 6502

    May 13, 2008

    Not attach another monitor to the iMac, use the iMac itself as a monitor

    E.G plug a Xbox 360 or PS3 into the iMac
  4. macrumors newbie

    Dec 4, 2012
  5. thread starter macrumors 6502

    May 13, 2008
    But you could with the older 2011
  6. macrumors 6502

    Aug 14, 2007
    You could with the 2009-10 ones using displayport, but not the 2011-12 unless the source supports thunderbolt output (Basically just other modern Macs or very modern thunderbolt equipped PCs - which are rare). There was a lot of talk about hdmi>thunderbolt adapters coming out but I think it became apparent that high cost and conversion lag would make such a product practically unsellable.
  7. macrumors 68040

    Feb 6, 2009
    The 2009 and 2010 27" models could do it with the Kanex HDMI to Mini-Displayport input adapter.

    The 2011 and 2012 models can only act as a display to a computer with Thunderbolt video output, which at the moment basically means other 2011 and newer Macs (ie hook up a 2011 or 2012 Macbook Air to a 2011 or 2012 iMac).

    There are some PC motherboards / expansion cards that do Thunderbolt video out but I haven't seen any tests that show those working with the 2012 iMac.
  8. Mac32, Dec 4, 2012
    Last edited: Dec 5, 2012

    macrumors 6502a

    Nov 20, 2010
    I asked Apple support and they told me as long as the PC motherboard has a thunderbolt connection, the iMac should work as an external display for a Windows PC. There are several motherboards available with thunderbolt connection.

    EDIT: They are wrong. It doesn't work. Only with the thunderbolt display.
  9. macrumors 65816

    Feb 28, 2006
    You'll have to dig into the forum, but I remember reading at least one post of a guy who bought a specific motherboard just for this purpose and it didn't work.
  10. Mac32, Dec 4, 2012
    Last edited: Dec 4, 2012

    macrumors 6502a

    Nov 20, 2010
    Really? Strange that it works with an Apple Thunderbolt Display (I've seen it on youtube), but not with an iMac. Maybe he used a display port connection from the PC to a thunderbolt iMac?

    You need a motherboard that support Lucid Virtu MVP (like ASUS P8Z77-V), so that you can get the signal from the discreet graphics card through the motherboard thunderbolt connection. It is explained below:!

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