3 monitors mac mini question

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by syntax.syntax, Jan 23, 2014.

  1. syntax.syntax macrumors member

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    Can you setup 3 monitors with mac mini at all?
     
  2. NewbieCanada macrumors 68030

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    You can't use two thunderbolt displays and an HDMI monitor. Beyond that I don't know if there's a workaround.
     
  3. apfelmann macrumors 6502

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    the rumored haswell i7 mini with Iris Pro should support 3 monitors at once
     
  4. blanka macrumors 68000

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    The 2011 Radeon one is for now the only one that does it. It can drive 2 Thunderbolt displays and 1 HDMI screen (1920x1200 up to 60Hz or 3840x2160@24 Hz).
     
  5. Civil Engineer macrumors newbie

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    Will the mini support 2 monitors at 2560 x 1440 @ 60Hz and does that require the Dual link adapter?
     
  6. COrocket macrumors 6502

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    A dual link adapter is required for a 2560x1440 display using a DVI connection. Otherwise a displayport cable will work fine.

    Natively, The mini only supports a single 2560x1440 display from the thunderbolt port (except if you daisy chain the apple thunderbolt displays). The HDMI port supports a max resolution of 1920x1200 at this time.

    However, you can use USB to video adapters like this one http://www.amazon.com/StarTech-com-...1390525100&sr=8-1&keywords=usb+to+displayport
    to add additional displays. Read up on the specs/reviews to get an idea of the limitations to using these type of devices
     
  7. fhall1 macrumors 68040

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    I can't emphasize enough the last sentence. Most of the USB devices use Displaylink drivers and they are having no end of problems getting them to work with OS X 10.9. Go to their forums and read the "Mac Software" threads before you spend any money on a USB solution. I had a USB monitor that worked fine with 10.6 and 10.7, but it has been in the closet since I upgraded to 10.8....just too many hassles to put up with to use it every day.
     
  8. syntax.syntax thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks,I just thinking about it.But i just had 2 monitors around the house thought be good idea.:)
     
  9. QWERTYMac7 macrumors regular

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    FWIW - I have a 2011 2.5 Mini and drive three monitors:

    1) HDMI 24"
    1) Display port (to HDMI) 24"
    1) 16" USB AOC

    I use the AOC monitor as a portable monitor when I take the Mini with me on the road. Works great.
     
  10. OceanView macrumors 65816

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    Does the fan kick on when you run all three?
    Is it loud?
     
  11. QWERTYMac7 macrumors regular

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    No. It just works.

    Really well.
     
  12. ashman70 macrumors 6502a

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    I just got a late 2012 mini and I too am running three monitors, HDMI - DVI, mini display port - DVI and USB - DVI, all 23" ,monitors, 1920x1080. Admittedly the monitor running off the USB adapter is a little laggy but nothing I can't tolerate.
     

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