Can my 2008 Macbook use a Thunderbolt Display to full Resolution

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by itsky, Dec 17, 2012.

  1. itsky macrumors newbie

    Mar 20, 2012
    Hello -

    I have a 2008 Macbook Aluminum (non-pro) that I have upgraded to 8GB of RAM and put in a 256GB SSD. It still works fantastic but I would like to add an external monitor for photo editing. I am considering an Apple Cinema Display or a NEC MultiSync PA271W-BK-SV 27" Widescreen LCD PA271W-BK-SV.

    My question: Can my older macbook use the display at full resolution? If so, will be horribly slow?

    Here are my specs:

    Processor Name:Intel Core 2 Duo
    Processor Speed:2 GHz
    Number of Processors:1
    Total Number of Cores:2
    L2 Cache:3 MB
    Memory:8 GB
    Bus Speed:1.07 GHz
    Boot ROM Version:MB51.007D.B03

    NVidia MCP79 AHCI:

    Product:MCP79 AHCI
    Link Speed:3 Gigabit
    Negotiated Link Speed:1.5 Gigabit
    Description:AHCI Version 1.20 Supported

    Thanks for the advice!
  2. AppleMacFinder, Dec 17, 2012
    Last edited: Dec 17, 2012

    AppleMacFinder macrumors 6502a


    Dec 7, 2009
    If I am correct, your MBP ;) is this model:

    It has NVIDIA 9400M inside.

    The following threads should be very interesting for you:

    EDIT: It looks like it could drive 24" just fine, but has some problems with 27".
    Probably, there is a tweak that could help to solve this problem.

    For more information, you need to learn NVIDIA 9400M specifications, especially the graphic modes.
  3. itsky thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 20, 2012
    Thank you for the info, that is helpful. Maybe I look for a used "24 display.
  4. itsky thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 20, 2012

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