3 monitors mac mini question

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

  1. syntax.syntax macrumors member

    Jan 19, 2014
    Can you setup 3 monitors with mac mini at all?
  2. NewbieCanada macrumors 68030

    Oct 9, 2007
    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

    Jul 23, 2007
    the rumored haswell i7 mini with Iris Pro should support 3 monitors at once
  4. blanka macrumors 68000

    Jul 30, 2012
    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 member

    Apr 10, 2013
    Will the mini support 2 monitors at 2560 x 1440 @ 60Hz and does that require the Dual link adapter?
  6. COrocket macrumors 6502

    Dec 9, 2012
    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


    Dec 18, 2007
    (Central) NY State of mind
    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

    Jan 19, 2014
    Thanks,I just thinking about it.But i just had 2 monitors around the house thought be good idea.:)
  9. QWERTYMac7 macrumors regular

    Nov 20, 2012
    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

    Sep 16, 2005
    Does the fan kick on when you run all three?
    Is it loud?
  11. QWERTYMac7 macrumors regular

    Nov 20, 2012
    No. It just works.

    Really well.
  12. ashman70 macrumors 6502a

    Dec 20, 2010
    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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