Can my 2008 Macbook use a Thunderbolt Display to full Resolution

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  1. itsky macrumors newbie

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    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:

    Vendor:NVidia
    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

    AppleMacFinder

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

    http://www.everymac.com/systems/apple/macbook/specs/macbook-core-2-duo-2.0-aluminum-13-late-2008-unibody-specs.html

    It has NVIDIA 9400M inside.

    The following threads should be very interesting for you:

    http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=813827
    http://superuser.com/questions/265125/27-apple-cinema-display-slows-my-macbook

    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

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    Thank you for the info, that is helpful. Maybe I look for a used "24 display.
     
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