3 monitors, cheaply? yes indeed!

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by interslicer, Mar 3, 2011.

  1. interslicer macrumors member

    Oct 14, 2010
    alright friends, after a long time i finally ordered 2 accell minidisplay to single link dvi ACTIVE adapters for use with my 5770 i got a few months ago. as most of you know you need an active adapter to have more than 2 monitors hooked up to a 5770 or 5870 on a mac, and in order to do this with apple adapters you need to buy 2 dual link dvi adapters at $99 a pop. the accel ones have 2 advantages, one they're only $30 each, and two they dont require a usb port for power.

    well mine just came and everything works great :D, so if you're looking for a cheap way to get 3 monitors, go for it.

    curiously though, and one of the reasons im making this thread, my oldest monitor (only like 4 years old) wasnt recognized when i hooked it up to the adapter and put it in the minidisplay port. no biggie because i just hooked that one up to the dvi port and my other 2 to my mdp's, but is there a reason why it wouldnt be recognized? i was using detect displays and everything.

    also if anyones looking for a cheap monitor stand tykesupply makes some cheap cheap cheap ones that are very nice.

    all told 3 monitors, the graphics card upgrade for my 2007 mac pro, and the stand and adapters, it cost me about $650. and man do i love it!

    also now i can finally install windows via bootcamp because i dont have the x1900 anymore.
  2. ActionableMango macrumors G3


    Sep 21, 2010
    Did you include the three monitors in that price? They must be pretty cheap monitors.

    .... er, I mean inexpensive monitors. :)
  3. interslicer thread starter macrumors member

    Oct 14, 2010
    19 inch widescreen lcds.
    about $100 a piece when you buy them on sale
  4. cherry su macrumors 65816

    cherry su

    Feb 28, 2008
    Why not get Apple's Mini DisplayPort to single link DVI? Or a substantially cheaper monoprice adapter?
  5. interslicer thread starter macrumors member

    Oct 14, 2010
    apples single link dvi adapters are not active. when you only have one monitor plugged in via mdp it works well, but if you have 2 plugged in via mdp and one in the dvi port, only 2 get displayed. apple doesnt make an active single link dvi adapter, they have an active dual link adapter. but it costs 99 bucks

    EDIT: heres the link http://support.apple.com/kb/HT4279
  6. IceMacMac macrumors 6502

    Jun 6, 2010
    Three monitors do rock and I commend you on that move...but

    ...but I'd suggest you could do better for just a few more dime.

    Unless space is a huge issue I just can't see any point to monitors 19 inch and smaller.

    You could easily drive 3 23 inch displays...and Costco has budget Samsung 23s around $169.
  7. interslicer thread starter macrumors member

    Oct 14, 2010
    well space is one issue, cost is another. on top of the extra cost for the monitors to get a stand that fits larger monitors would cost much more than the sweet deal i got on mine. theres no way they would fit on my desk without a stand..

    but some day when im out of college i'll have more monitors than i know what to do with.
  8. IceMacMac macrumors 6502

    Jun 6, 2010
    We all have to have an upward path that leaves us things to look forward to! It sounds like you made a big leap forward. It must feel great! Cheers!
  9. paulrbeers macrumors 68040

    Dec 17, 2009
    Yeah, but why 3? Wouldn't 2 - 23" monitors be about the same area (and doing some basic math says yes yes it would be if all were 16:9), and you wouldn't need to buy adapters? I've done the multiple monitor thing and frankly I would rather have one or two giant monitors rather than several small.
  10. interslicer thread starter macrumors member

    Oct 14, 2010
    well for starters i didnt buy them all at once. i had one 19 inch and bought another every 2 years pretty much. but also because when you're playing games in windows with eyefinity, its nice not to have the middle (aka where all the important things happen) split on to two screens
  11. high5ths macrumors newbie


    Mar 10, 2011
    That Apple "Supported display config" article doesn't describe all the possible configs. Do you think this would work?

    One DVI display connected to Dual-Link DVI port +
    One DisplayPort display connected to Mini DisplayPort #1 (with a mini-to-regular adapter) +
    One DVI display connected to Mini DisplayPort #2 (with DVI-to-Mini DisplayPort adapter)

    It's basically the second config Apple describes ("Two DVI displays"), plus a DisplayPort monitor.

  12. mjsmke macrumors 6502a

    Mar 2, 2010
    I baught x2 22" monitors from HP for £320 including all leads/adapters and tax.

    IMO they ae better than the iMacs screens.

    I might pick up a 3rd when i upgrade to the ATI5770.

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