Can my 2015 13" MacBook Pro push a 3840x2160 display?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by ears_chameleon, Jul 15, 2015.

  1. ears_chameleon macrumors newbie


    Jul 15, 2015
    I have a 2015 13" MacBook Pro, and am considering buying a 3840x2160
    Dell P2415Q
    as an external display in clamshell mode. Apple states the laptop supports that resolution (at 60Hz no less), but I'm apprehensive about the Intel Iris Graphics 6100 smoothly pushing 8.2 million pixels.

    I don't do anything video intensive on my MacBook, unless you count playing Hearthstone. Should I be okay or is it more realistic to buy a 2560x1440 monitor instead?
  2. yjchua95 macrumors 604

    Apr 23, 2011
    GVA, KUL, MEL (current), ZQN
    It would push it, but expect frame drops here and there.

    It'd be more realistic to buy a 2560x1440 display instead.
  3. OneZweiThree macrumors regular

    Feb 17, 2013
    I would also like to here from more users about their experiences with such a setup. But from what I read, el cap will improve performance significantly.
  4. pshifrin macrumors 6502


    Mar 14, 2010
    I have a Dell P2415Q on my desk at work. We have a bunch of new laptops at work and therefore, I have access to 13 2015, 15 2014 and 15 2015. I tried them all, just because I could. Not surprisingly, the 13 inch is noticeably slower pushing this screen. Even actions such as minimizing to the dock or expanding the application folder from the dock, are slow and you get dropped frames.

    The AMD chip in the 2015 15 seems a bit smoother than the 2014 Nvidia too.

    I spend too much time away from my desk and need a powerful computer, so the 15 inch is my only option.

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