27"iMac + two 23"cinema displays. impossible?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by jimjoebob, Apr 11, 2010.

  1. jimjoebob macrumors member


    Jun 30, 2007
    Hey Hey Mac Rumors et al.

    I am a designer (mostly print) and will be upgrading soon. Still working on my faithful dual 2.0 ghz Power PC tower running two 23'' cinema displays.

    CS 5 is around the corner and I will soon require my first intel Mac.

    The 27'' iMac seems to be the right choice, as a tower would be overkill.

    Can the 27'' iMac run two 23'' cinema display?
    I have searched and searched and have not found an answer/discussion.

    My logic (although I'm sure flawed) is: if the iMac can run a 30'' Cinema Display through a dual link DVI, why couldn't it run two 23'' cinema displays through a dual link DVI set-up?

    Or is that too many pixels to push?

    I would hate to put one of those displays out to pasture (so to speak).

    Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

    Sincerely, Jim Joe Bob
  2. jimjoebob thread starter macrumors member


    Jun 30, 2007
    Thanks Cherry Su!
    Wow, expensive but I like having that option.
    I take it my dual link DVI theory was off the mark.

    Have u owned this set-up or had any hands on experience using it?

    Thnks again, Jim
  3. cherry su macrumors 65816

    cherry su

    Feb 28, 2008
    i haven't used it, but people on the forums say that it's quite a nice piece of hardware.
  4. jimjoebob thread starter macrumors member


    Jun 30, 2007
    update and further research

    I have looked into the recommended product to help facilitate an iMac plus 2 displays. The solution is not looking reliable.

    Topic : Dual Monitors with Matrox DualHead2Go DP on 13" Unibody MBP

    This Apple discussion thread goes into detail regarding the set-up.
    Wow, this looks to be alot harder to do than I thought.

    Does anyone have any insight into creating a dual monitor set-up on an iMac 27" quad-core goodness.


  5. elcid macrumors 6502

    May 5, 2007
    I think this is one of those things that if you require three monitors you have to step up to the Mac Pro for the expansion cards.
  6. OrangeSVTguy macrumors 601


    Sep 16, 2007
    Northeastern Ohio
    There are USB>DVI adapters and are pretty cheap. You can have as many monitors as you have USB ports. http://www.iogear.com/product/GUC2020DW6/

    I don't think you can run anything video intensive on them though....
  7. dmillbank macrumors newbie

    Jan 17, 2011
    I understand this is an old post, but I just wanted to add that I am successfully running a 24" iMac with two Cinema Displays. After not getting the Matrox Triplehead2Go to work properly (compatibility wizard say you can, but support say you can't) I bought a Diamond BVU195 which worked wonderfully.


    It's not for TV watching, but I do a lot of code and it works great.

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