2 Monitors , One cable ?

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  1. davmcn macrumors regular

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    Hey,

    I was wondering for the new Macbook Pro with the thunderbolt port. Can it power two monitors? Not Cinema Displays... but is this possible ?

    Macbook Pro 2.2GHZ , 4GB.

    Dave
     
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    Depends on the resolution. Bot quite sure what they would have to be set to for it to work.
     
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    You should be able to. But I think you would need like the MD-VGA adaptor.. and then get a splitter box. When more accessories come out for Thunderbolt.. you'll be able to daisy chain like anything.. at least that's what I'm thinking.
     
  4. davmcn thread starter macrumors regular

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    It's two Dell 24Inch , Don't remember the Resolution...

    It would be a setup for home, Where I wouldn't even use the Macbook Pro's display at all during that time.
     
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    Their resolution is probably 1920x1080. I don't think DP can output two of those, atleast apple doesn't claim it can will double check but.
     
  6. tmagman, Apr 17, 2011
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    Probably 1920x1200s...

    Really not sure what thunderbolt is going to do yet, but the way to go would be a Matrox DualHead2Go or TripleHead2Go, DP Edition- they'll both support two screens up to 1920x1200 from a single Mini DisplayPort (using adapter to standard display port)- and the triple will support upto 3 screens (albeit not at 1920x1200 each) full Mac compatibility they've tested for the Display Port (not the VGA or DVI) version. Matrox is known for their outstanding graphics cards and expansion modules for multi-display setups, and these are great little boxes that will definitely do the trick!

    http://www.matrox.com/graphics/en/products/gxm/dh2go/

    edit: 1080 or 1200 for the dell resolutions... could be either one. my bad
     
  7. davmcn thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks for the link, I will definitely check it out!
     
  8. Macsavvytech macrumors 6502a

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    Forgot to add the results of my research.
    The MBP, from just its mDP can support 2560x1600. So just using the MBP and cable, the max resolution you will get on two monitors is 1280x800.
     
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    doubled that would only give you a 2560x800 display (the vertical dimension would not be doubled). With a GXM from Matrox you can get higher than that.
     
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    I only stated what the MBP by itself, limitation was.
     

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