3 Monitors On 2012 Mac Mini

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  1. jakesaunders27 macrumors 6502a

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    Hi,
    Looking at my options for a Mac Mini in the studio, definitely want 2 thunderbolt displays one for logic session window and one for my mix window but they will be daisy chained together on one thunderbolt port, can i then use the hdmi to run a older dell ultrasharp for my BPM clock in my live room? would this work? can the mini drive 3 monitors?

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  2. paulrbeers macrumors 68040

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    My understanding is only the 2011 Mid-mini with the 6630M could run 3 monitors. The only way you can add a third is to use a USB to VGA/DVI/etc. connection. These aren't ideal, but the only way to push a third display.
     
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    Hi Guys,
    Thanks for the replies, so the only way to do it is using one of those adaptors then, I can't do it how I said above?

    Cheers
     
  5. paulrbeers macrumors 68040

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    Correct either using a USB adapter or the matrix adapter. You can not use 3 monitors the way you hoped
     
  6. dbroncos78087 macrumors regular

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    I've been told you can daisy chain TB but when I got mine I didn't shell out the cash so I don't really know. I think without the adapter or dongle you're out of luck.

    I think the adapter is more expensive but my guess is that it's probably going to be a higher quality and less lag. I only have experience with the dongle (on an OptiPlex 780) and it works well with MAYBE a few millisecond delay.
     
  7. sportster macrumors 6502

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    I've heard that the TB can power 2 TB Displays on the Mac Mini, could you then use the HDMI out to a 3rd display (via HDMI or DVI)?

    It's not the most cost affect method, with the TB Displays costing around 1k each.
     
  8. michael_aos macrumors 6502

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    The Late 2012 Mini will only natively drive 2 monitors.

    When you plug-in the 3rd, one of the others will go black. I've tried it. There is also an Apple technical document available with the details.

    The ability to drive 3 displays is one thing I miss about my old 2006 Mac Pro 1,1.
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  9. raniel macrumors regular

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    care to post the link of the apple document? Im also planning to use 3 monitors on my mini. Thanks
     
  10. krburrell macrumors regular

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    See item 14 in the list and footnote 4
    http://support.apple.com/kb/HT5219
     
  11. dbroncos78087 macrumors regular

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    There are still ways to go beyond the native. The USB dongle or one of the thunderbolt splitter/adapters (that I think someone posted in this thread).
     
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    question on possibly using 3 monitors on a 2012 core i7

    My monitors
    - 2 samsungs with DVI ports
    - visio 42 hd tv with hdmi ports

    my adapters and cables
    - minidisplay (comes with the MM)
    - mini display port to dvi
    - iogear usb to dvi adapter
    - dvi and hdmi cables

    will this setup work?
    1. MM thunderbolt port <-> samsung monitor dvi using the mini display dvi abd iogear adapter.
    2. MM usb port <--> samsung using minidisplay adapter that came with the MM
    3. MM hdmi port <--> Visio hd tv using an HDMI cable

    ~ Aloha! ~
     
  13. tuxon86 macrumors 65816

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    The USB adapter could work. Your BPM meter isn't all that graphic intensive, like a 3D game or a CAD application. That adapter won't be crunching vertex calculation. It will only display a 2D screen of information.
     
  14. michael_aos macrumors 6502

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    Is there any advantage to a USB3 video adapter -vs- USB2?

    Any known-good or known-bad examples?
     
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