2 x Thunderbolt ports mean 2 x monitors?

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  1. Tombs macrumors regular

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    So am I right in thinking 2 x Thunderbolt ports mean 2 x monitors can be connected right? (Monitors are not Thunderbolt)
     
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    I thought you could have 2 monitors connected anyway?
     
  3. Stetrain macrumors 68040

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    Should be able to do that no problem. The previous gen Macbook Pro could run two monitors as well, but the first one had to be Thunderbolt. Now you can use two mini-displayport to XXXX adapters straight out of the MBP.

    Will be interesting to see if you can drive a monitor from each mini-displayport connector as well as a third from the HDMI port.
     
  4. henrikrox macrumors 65816

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    If your question is if you can hook up two monitors to the mbp. THen yes.

    You could do that with the last gen mbp also
     
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    Apple - MacBook Pro with Retina display - Technical Specifications
    Apple - MacBook Pro - Technical Specifications
     
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    Could I? I couldn't see how without using a USB connection and converting the signal which was slow.
     
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    On the old mbp, you can just daisy chain thunderbolt from the monitors, and still use one cable to the machine.

    But yes two monitors was possible on last gen mbp
     
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    Read it again. It clearly says "two external displays" for the retina MBP.
     
  10. Tombs thread starter macrumors regular

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    Ah, but they had to be either Thunderbolt monitors or as I said above use one of USB ports with a 3rd party adapter right? Which isn't that great as you get serious lag issues with a USB to monitor..

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    Don't need to, Apple have told me it works.
     
  11. Stetrain macrumors 68040

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    On the previous generation, to have two monitors without a USB video adapter, the first monitor had to be a Thunderbolt display. Then you could plug a second monitor (any type that was supported by Mini-Displayport) into the Thunderbolt port on the back of the first display.
     
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    Actually it doesn't, it says Dual display which could mean one mbp screen and on e external monitor.
     
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    what about 3? 2x thunderbolt -> HDMI and use the HDMI on side as well?
     
  14. Stetrain macrumors 68040

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    It specifies two external displays clearly:

     
  15. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    Read again:
    Apple - MacBook Pro with Retina display - Technical Specifications
     
  16. Tombs thread starter macrumors regular

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    Ah, a very expensive way to gain more screen space though. £800 for a thunderbolt monitor is expensive, I wonder if this worked though in a windows 7 enviroment?

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    Ah, no....Thats not the one Im after, it doesn't say it on the NON retina display MBP"S does it? So I think you need to READ again.
     
  17. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    Go back and read my original post.
     
  18. Tombs thread starter macrumors regular

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    Are you trolling? Look, you posted this...Apple - MacBook Pro - Technical Specifications

    Its doesn't say anything about TWO EXTERNAL MONITORS, it mentions an external monitor, which would imply only 1.
     
  19. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    No, I'm not trolling. You asked about the number of external displays supported, but you didn't specify in your original post whether you meant the MBP or the MBP with the Retina display, so I posted the specs for both. That's not trolling to post facts that answer your question. :rolleyes:
     
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    Although I think Apple could have made this clearer on their specs for the NON Retina display MBP's that they actually can run 2 external monitors.

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    OK, thanks for your help.
     
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    You can buy a TB->DVI or TB->HDMI adapter for 6 bucks at monoprice. The only thing is that you would be using up both TB ports.
     
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    Now your at it....and this comes from the NON Retina Display MBP's spec sheet does it?

    Cant see it here.. http://store.apple.com/us/browse/home/shop_mac/family/macbook_pro/select
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    I was referring to the last MBP which had one TB port, the only way to hook up 2 external monitors to the last MBP was either using a USB port and some sort of 3rd party adapter or as Stetrain pointed out via using a Thunderport Monitor and connecting a standard monitor to that.
     
  23. eron macrumors 6502

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    Actually, that can only work if both are Apple type monitors, the one being the Thunderbolt, and another TB or previous version display daisy chained. For other monitors to daisy chain, there needs to be a thunderbolt storage in between.

    Will be interesting to see the limit of the graphics card. Would it allow more than 2? If so, how many. Just on its basic ports, it should be 2 externals through TB, plus one lower res through HDMI.
    If you were to expand it using the above daisy chaining, how about 4 Thunderbolt displays?
     

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