Can the AMD Radeon 6490M drive a Apple cinema display?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Eternal 28, Apr 3, 2011.

  1. Eternal 28 macrumors 6502

    Apr 22, 2008
    Hello, just wondering if the AMD Radeon 6490m is capable of driving a Apple Cinema display or do I need the higher end AMD Radeon 6750M? Thanks
  2. aznguyen316 macrumors 68020


    Oct 1, 2008
    Tampa, FL
    Yes it can. The HD3000 in the 13" can also.
  3. striker33 macrumors 65816


    Aug 6, 2010
    A USB adapter can drive a cinema display, just not very well.

    Pretty much any mac/pc/notebook can if it has a mdp or mdp adapter.
  4. brentsg macrumors 68040

    Oct 15, 2008
    People have read WAY too much into the grumbling regarding the HD3000 and the AMD 6490.
  5. xxplosive1984 macrumors regular

    Jun 7, 2009
    Dallas, TX
    Guilty. Went and exchanged my base 15" for the high end. I did want to game a little though. I'm sure it's nowhere near as bad as people are making it out to be. I felt like I was missing out on something, so I bit the bullet. I do feel a bit better though. :)
  6. hehe299792458 macrumors 6502a


    Dec 13, 2008
    need to be careful that the discrete card can drive the display, but the integrated (Intel HD graphics) can't.
  7. six.four macrumors 6502

    Oct 24, 2008

    I could not agree more.

    While yes, the 6750 is a more powerful a graphics card than the 6490, the 6750 is still a relatively pathetic card for gaming anyway. It's about equivalent to a 9800m GTS card, which is by itself a dated card. And that's comparing laptop cards. Compared to today's desktop gaming cards, even a midrange GTX 460 would run circles around this card and then some (we're talking about twice as fast or more).

    To each their own, but in my opinion, though the 6750 is a superior card, their utility is the same. Gaming on a low-mid range card and a mid range card is the same experience to me.

    That said, my opinion is obviously that based on one who owns a desktop as well. I understand for those that rely only on the MBP that every small increase in performance counts.
  8. brentsg macrumors 68040

    Oct 15, 2008

    Of course the Intel integrated graphics can drive a cinema display. The HD3000 smokes the old NV9400 integrated GPU and it drove my cinema display just fine.
  9. s2ksleepy macrumors newbie

    Feb 23, 2011
    The base 2011 13" can drive the acd 27 display and the 13 at the same time. I usually play SC2 on the 13" screen only but it can drive a 2560x1440 resolution at 25-30 FPS on low.

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