Best setup for two location and multiple monitors.

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by velocityg4, Aug 16, 2016.

  1. velocityg4 macrumors 601


    Dec 19, 2004
    I'm looking at options for a setup for two locations. Work and home. Mainly I'm trying to figure out limitations of various Mac models. Also the best option for keeping in sync.

    Options 1: Macbook Pro 15". This seems like an ideal setup. As only one computer needs to be purchased and there are no sync issues as the computer just gets moved back and forth. However, I have concerns about its capabilities.
    Will the current 15", 2.8Ghz i7, 16GB RAM, 1TB SSD and Radeon R9 M370X be capable of running three 2560x1440 monitors @60Hz?
    With both Thunderbolt ports used will it still be able to run a Thunderbolt SSD?
    The plan is to use a Henge dock will the Vertical or Horizontal docks work for this?

    Some of the concerns with the Macbook Pro is the CPU and RAM. Currently a 2008 8 Core Mac Pro with 14GB RAM and 1TB SSD is being used. Memory pressure is in yellow although the CPU isn't really maxing out.

    Option 2: Dual iMac 5K, 1TB SSD, 32GB RAM, i7. I know this will power two additional 2560x1440 displays. The main issue here is scaling.
    Will the 5K display using 2560x1440 scaling seamlessly transition open windows between the scaled 5K display and regular 2560x1440 display?
    Will there be issues of some programs windows blowing up in size?
    Will OS X even allow scaled plus unscaled display?

    Option 3: Dual Mac Pros. RAM et all doesn't really matter as all options will run the desired displays. The main issue here is value. This is paying top dollar for a three year old machine. Is it really worth it to run three matching screens?

    These options aren't for myself. I'm making a recommendation for a client. All the programs left up, various syncing software, online plus local backups and tons of Chrome tabs (50+) are what is really eating up system resources. My instinct is the MB Pro is the best option. The real concern is that it won't feel much faster than a 2008 8 Core Mac Pro with SATA III SSD and that 16GB of RAM won't be good for more than a couple of years.

    The big issue with the desktops besides doubling costs is keeping them in sync over the internet. A high level of synchronization is desired. It must be fast and extremely reliable.

    So thoughts. Please no fusion drive recommendations.
  2. Samuelsan2001 macrumors 604

    Oct 24, 2013
    All the computers will run three displays at that resolution no problem. iMacs display at 1440p anyway so no issues there.

    Syncing is another matter you just won't be able to keep them the same without doing the same things exactly on both machines.

    Of course you can have all documents photos etc stored in the cloud or on your own NAS and keep them synced with content, but it'll never be as fast as accessing your computer.

    If you want to go the rMBP then you are probably best waiting for whatever is released in fall.

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