anyone tried running multiple thunderbolt displays off a 27" imac?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by 4ndrw, Jul 25, 2011.

  1. 4ndrw macrumors newbie


    Jul 25, 2011
    Melbourne, Australia
    So.. not that I could afford to do this.
    and it's probably stupid.
    but in theory.

    if the 27" imac has 2 thunderbolt ports
    and you can daisy chain 2 thunderbolt displays off one port

    could you then in face run 4 external displays off an imac giving you a total of 5 27" monitors?"

    (along with 12 extra USB ports, 4 extra fw800, and 4 extra LAN ports.........)

    someone in a shop please try this!
  2. Hellhammer Moderator


    Staff Member

    Dec 10, 2008
    Apple Thunderbolt Display isn't available yet. It shows ships in 6-8 weeks.
  3. CosmoPilot macrumors 65816


    Nov 8, 2010
    South Carolina
    Suppose someone could use five 27" iMacs (four as displays only) :)
  4. macdudesir macrumors 6502

    Jan 16, 2011
    Blacksburg, VA
    I seem to remember seeing somewhere that the gfx card in the iMac could only support 2 extra monitors and itself but maybe thats just for extended desktops and it would just duplicate one of them on the others? i am pretty sure it couldn't extend the desktop to 4 displays and itself the gfx card just can't support them...Not trying to rain on your parade i think it would be awesome for someone to try that I'm just saying i don't think its possible, but whoever trys it, more power to ya :)

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