Can a SR MBP power 2 external displays?

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  1. NickD macrumors 6502a

    NickD

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    I've been thinking about re-doing my original plan for a graphics work rig and going to a MBP instead of a mac pro, but there's 1 important factor which will change my decision most likely.

    Can one of the new SR MacBook Pros power 2 external displays (extended desktop, not mirroring)? If not, would there be a piece of software or hardware to help me?

    NickD
     
  2. Jasoco macrumors 6502

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    I was under the impression that they had Dual-Link which allows you to hook up two DVI displays for spanning or one 30". I would assume you'd need a special adapter or something to hook up two.
     
  3. NickD thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    So I would probably be able to power dual 20's or 23's?
     
  4. iToaster macrumors 68000

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    I'm sure it has the power to, but there is just on DVI port on it, so you'd need an adapter of some sort, but I doubt it would work.
     
  5. gnasher729 macrumors P6

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    Check out this webpage: It is an adapter that allows to access two large or three smaller monitors to one duallink dvi connector.

    http://www.matrox.com/graphics/en/gxm/products/th2go/digital/home.php
     
  6. RBMaraman macrumors 65816

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    Incorrect. Dual-Link DVI does not natively provide support for connecting 2 additional diaplays. Dual-Link DVI simply provides support for high resolution displays, such as the 30". Dual-Link DVI is contained in one port, not two. See this Wikipedia article for more information:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DVI

    Through some kind of adaptor, you may be able to utilize the port to power additional displays.
     
  7. MacBandit macrumors 604

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    The MacBook Pro has Dual Link DVI which does not allow for driving two monitors but it does allow you to drive a super hi-res monitor like the Apple 30". A regular DVI output does not have the bandwidth to drive the 30".
     

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