2011 13" MBP....drive a 2nd monitor?

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  1. lowonthe456 macrumors 6502

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    I lost interest in it once I learned it had intel graphics, but realistically u dint game, may occasionally watch a 729 movie on it..

    So has anyone been running a 2nd monitor with the intel gpu powered 13"? How dies it perform?

    I've been holding out for the new iMac but they don't excite me like the mbp's do....I'm tempted to grab one tonight
     
  2. Ccrew macrumors 68020

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    It will, but it's monitor/resolution restricted. I have a 24" Samsung monitor (not tv) that it'll run just fine on outputted to it at 1080P, but with the lid up running both screen and external it throttles the external to about 1440x900
     
  3. Cully411 macrumors member

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  4. lowonthe456 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I'd probably run in clam shell mode most times...were you running it mini display port?
     
  5. imaginex20 macrumors 65816

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    Are you sure the resolution got throttled down? This only happens if you're in Mirror mode. If its not mirror mode, the resolution of the external monitor can be set independent of the 13" resolution with the lid open or closed. I have tested this myself on my 2011 MBP i5.
     
  6. lowonthe456 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    You have the new 13"? How do you like it?
     
  7. zer0sum macrumors member

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    ORLY?

    I have mine hooked up to a Dell U2711 and its running 2560x1440 no problems using this - http://eshop.macsales.com/item/Newer+Technology/CBLMDPDP06/
     
  8. imaginex20 macrumors 65816

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    I love it so far. I installed 8 GB of ram in it and waiting for the prices on SSD drives to drop down a bit before I do an upgrade on that. I upgraded from a 2008 Unibody Macbook and the performance on this machine is great.

    My previous 2008 MacBook with 9400m Nvidia card played videos, games, etc..pretty much the same way the Intel 3000HD chip can. The only game I play is Starcraft 2 and the 2011 MBP does that pretty good on low settings. I haven't tried medium settings yet. I use my iMac when i need to do any graphic intensive stuff.
     
  9. lowonthe456 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Cool.....I have yet to pull the trigger...getting this MBP will
    Cost me more down the line as I'd add a monitor and then figure out how to store movies for the atv I'll be picking up soon....the iMac is a better deal IMO but I have the money and MBP's always induce gear lust. I haven't owned a computer since 08 when I had to sell because of the economy...I want to be happy with what I get.
     

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