Can my late 2011 17" MBP support 3440x1440 resolution?

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  1. Spudhead macrumors member

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    As per the title basically, its not listed in the specifications of the MacBook but that resolution didn't really exist back when this MacBook was first created. Trying to decide on a new monitor to buy for my gaming PC and MBP external use.
     
  2. Vermifuge macrumors 6502

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    On paper the HD3000 tops out at 2500x1600 and the 6770M tops out at 2560x1600. I'm not sure if anyone has tested beyond that.
     
  3. Spudhead thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks for the reply. Ideally I need someone with the 3440 x 1440 combo and late 2011 17" to test it out for me. But chances of finding someone with that combo are unlikely. And there are no shops locally to me that stock these monitors for me to test out.
     
  4. D*I*S_Frontman macrumors 6502

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    I have a MacBook Pro 1,1 from 2006 w/an ATI Radeon X1600 with 256 MB VRAM. Using one of these I was able to run TWO 1920 x 1080 displays + the original 15" display on the MBP, which was 3840 x 1080 + 1440 x 900 native display. The DualHead2Go could max out at 3840 x 1200.

    If you're wondering how I could get two monitors + the native LCD running off of the MBP, here's how it's done: the Matrox drivers included with the DualHead2Go just fooled the OS into thinking the two 1080p screens were ONE huge 3840 x 1080p monitor. One DVI out of the MBP into the breakout box, then two DVIs to the two monitors. I think the frame refresh rates for all of the screens was 60hz, so it's not like you could game on it intensely, but for what I was using it for (audio production, writing, occasional graphic design) this system delivered what I wanted--massive screen real estate for cheap. Several years ago (2009) I paid $200 each for the monitors and $137 for the Matrox converter (I bought the analog version). So for less than $600 I was looking at a desktop that was 3840 x 1080 + the built-in display. Even now, that isn't a bad deal, but back in 2009 firing up that many pixels in a single display would cost you $2k or more.

    So this is all to say that you can make it happen with your current MBP's video card, if you're willing to make a few compromises.
     

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