Base 27" Imac with external monitor

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  1. Hungerartist macrumors newbie

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    I just ordered the base model 27 inch iMac and was wondering if anyone had any experience using this with an external monitor. I still have a 24" from my Dell and wanted to use it with the iMac, but someone had mentioned that the video card in the base 27 isn't enough to properly run two high-resoution displays.

    I wouldn't be doing a ton of gaming (Civilization mainly) Mostly I want to be able to use Aperture and photoshop on the iMac, and view webpages and itunes on the external. Will this work?
     
  2. Papanate macrumors regular

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    Who said the basic video cards won't run the displays?

    The only thing you'll have to do is run the resolution lower than the iMac.
     
  3. simsaladimbamba

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    According to the tech specs Apple published on their official iMac website, any current (and past iMacs too) can run an external display of up to 2560 x 1600 pixel additional to the already big resolution of 2560 x 1440.
    But as you 24" display has most likely only 1920 x 1200 pixels, it will work even better with the appropriate MDP to DVI adapter.
     
  4. Hungerartist thread starter macrumors newbie

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    It wasn't that it necessarily wouldn't work, only that it would kill performance.
     
  5. simsaladimbamba

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    Depends on what you display on the internal and external display.
    What will you display?
     

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