can the Intel HD 3000 handle an external monitor?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by selvage, Mar 8, 2011.

  1. selvage macrumors member

    Mar 8, 2011
    i'm about to buy my first mac. im on a budget and am looking to purchase the low end 13" mpb. when i'm at home i want to hook it up to a Dell UltraSharp U2311H 23" Monitor. i would be editing photos (raw) in lightroom and photoshop. can the intel hd 3000 handle this easily?

    edit: the 15" mbp is too expensive and too big for me
  2. alust2013 macrumors 601


    Feb 6, 2010
    On the fence
    Yes, it can handle an external monitor very easily. It's about twice as powerful as the GPU in my computer, and I have mine hooked up to a monitor without a problem
  3. Ieo macrumors 6502

    Jun 17, 2009
    My old macbook with the 9400m handled a 23" monitor @ 1080p just fine...and this new one (w/ HD 3000) is just that much better. I played starcraft II fullscreen on it just a little while ago actually.....
  4. Kyzelios macrumors 6502

    Mar 6, 2011
    Yes, the 13-inch MacBook Pro will be able to drive that external monitor without any issues. You'll most likely need a Mini DisplayPort to DVI adapter like the one found on the Apple Online Store for example.

    Hope that helps, have a great day!
  5. selvage thread starter macrumors member

    Mar 8, 2011
    thnx for the quick replies. i guess its time to buy!
  6. Kyzelios macrumors 6502

    Mar 6, 2011
    Best of luck, let us know how it goes! :)
  7. Ieo macrumors 6502

    Jun 17, 2009
  8. selvage thread starter macrumors member

    Mar 8, 2011
    thnx for the cable link. i was going to ask if there were cheaper non-apple monitor connection cables available.
  9. Evan_11 macrumors regular

    Feb 21, 2004
    Yes, it works fine as long as you have the correct adapter. I was in the same boat-- I do photo and video work but could not afford the extra for a 15" model w/ dedicated graphics. The biggest handicap is the slow system HD.
  10. SPEEDwithJJ macrumors 65816


    Nov 2, 2008
  11. melterx12 macrumors 6502a

    Jun 22, 2010
    omg yes, people think just cause its an intel GPU it can't handle anything more than outputting a solid blue color to the display
  12. Freyqq macrumors 601

    Dec 13, 2004
    it will work, just don't expect to run modern games

    all that photo stuff that u r running is more CPU-based processing than GPU based processing, so it should run fine
  13. kobyh15 macrumors 6502a

    Jan 29, 2011
    Just bought the same monitor this morning with a 25% coupon from Dell's website. Out the door with free shipping and tax for $260! Do you like the monitor? Also, does the cable you linked output picture and sound?
  14. mr1 macrumors member

    Feb 24, 2011
  15. TomCondon macrumors regular

    Nov 26, 2010
    people are being really ridiculous about the HD3000... it's pretty good as far as integrated gfx cards go... especially for a 13" laptop
  16. flyingmachineb macrumors newbie

    Mar 14, 2011
    How about two ext monitors? How would one go about setting that up? I have a couple of 24" monitor as my home setup. Thanks,
  17. ssn637 macrumors 6502

    Feb 12, 2009
    Be advised that some have reported problems with the DVI adapters and Thunderbolt. Apple is apparently investigating, but in the meantime it's been suggested to go with VGA or HDMI if possible.
  18. Rhyalus macrumors 6502


    Mar 4, 2011
    You can get up to 2560x1600 on an external display with the 13" MBP. This is at the highest color setting.

    (taken from the tech specs page at


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