2011 iMac or 2010 iMac (27")

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by AbeFroman77, May 28, 2011.

  1. AbeFroman77 macrumors 6502

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    I have a custom built SandyBridge PC and I was thinking of using the 27" iMac as it's monitor. But I can't do that with the current iMac, correct?
     
  2. Dsync macrumors member

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    Both 2010 and 2011 27" iMacs can be used as external monitors. But will require the proper adapters to accept signal from PC or PS3 or other non-apple sources. You won't be able to get full resolution though. I believe it's 720p. You only get the full resolution if you're connecting to another Mac
     
  3. AbeFroman77 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I know you can for 2010 but what adapter for 2011?
     
  4. flopticalcube macrumors G4

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    The 2011 requires a TBolt equipped source. Only the 2010 can take a DisplayPort source. Kanex is supposedly working on an HDMI to TBolt adaptor but availability and pricing are not out yet.
     
  5. Dsync macrumors member

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    Those new thunderbolt plugs still function with MiniDisplay Port products. So it should just be a regular adapter like what's used on the 2010. Link below to my personal favorite.

    http://www.frys.com/product/6599983
     
  6. flopticalcube macrumors G4

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    Nope. Apple has disabled that.

    http://support.apple.com/kb/TS3775

     
  7. AbeFroman77 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    There's an adapter for MD to Thunderbolt?
     

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