Trouble running on 24" or 27" Apple Cinema Displays?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by MoodyMedStudent, Mar 19, 2011.

  1. macrumors member

    #1
    I am thinking of getting an Apple Cinema display and was wondering if anyone has had trouble running it on a 2010 MBA (1.86 GHz 4 GB RAM 320M). Does it lag at all watching HD videos and such?
     
  2. macrumors member

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    I can't speak directly about the ACDs, but I run 1080P without issue on my Gateway XHD3000 30", 2560x1600 resolution.. no issues.

    The only time I get any kind if HD video stuttering is when I had my Itunes library on my NAS.. not sure what the issue was.. could have been itunes itself.. I watched a 1080p HD video last night from Youtube and it was perfect.
     
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    Scottsdale

    #3
    No problems driving the 27" ACDs at all. Even the 9400m in the Late 2008 MBA could drive it or a 30" ACD without issues.

    The Nvidia 320m has made the low end Macs incredibly capable since Late 2008 introductions. I am going to miss them terribly when they're gone. It is sad what Intel did and we're all losing much graphics performance with Core i-series chips and their forced Intel chipsets and inferior IGP.

    But as far as the late 2008 to late 2010 MBAs, they all drive the ACDs 24" & 27" wonderfully. Buy it and love it. The refurbished ACDs go for $599 and $849. Both are amazing.
     
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    christophermdia

    #4
    ive got a 24" which my MBA runs perfectly...no issues...
     
  5. macrumors 68000

    #5
    My 11" MBA with a 320M powers my Cinema Display (27") perfectly, so you should be good :)
     
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    jmoore5196

    #6
    Ditto - my 2010 13" MBA powers my 24" ACD without difficulty. Best wishes!
     
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    BENJMNS

    #7
    maybe i pay attn to details a bit more, but you'll notice a bit more choppiness when resizing say an excel window on the acd v. laptop screen.

    i have a 13" ultimate connected to the 27" ACD.

    HD and all that stuff it runs just fine.
     
  8. macrumors member

    #8
    Thanks. I was also wondering how I can "close" my MBA when it's connected to an external monitor and just run OSX on the ACD display. I heard that if you had your MBA open at the same time the graphics power is divided between both the MBA and the ACD.

    Also, if I have an external keyboard/trackpad can I use it while the MBA is closed?
     
  9. macrumors 6502

    #9
    Dec 2010 ACD 27 inch with a 13'' AIR, I keep the lid closed always.. runs flawlessly.
     
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    BENJMNS

    #10
    it's not flawless. i dock and undock (if you want to call it that) all the time and sometimes the thing doesn't resume when connecting to the acd again. it requires a reboot, but again, i do this so often... i kinda let it slide since the reboot time is so quick on these things.
     
  11. macrumors regular

    #11
    Some choppiness with iTunes video playback?

    Oh crap. my apologies, I meant to start a new thread, not add to this one.
     
  12. macrumors 65816

    #12
    I keep mine closed but the difference in performance is really marginal.
     
  13. macrumors Pentium

    KnightWRX

    #13
    Complete non-issue. The GPUs have been powerful enough to push these kind of pixel densities for quite a few years now. We're not talking about running a 3D game spread over both monitors at full resolution here in high details, just running a desktop and watching movies.
     

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