can the Intel HD 3000 handle an external monitor?

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  1. selvage macrumors member

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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

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

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  8. selvage thread starter macrumors member

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    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

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    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.
     
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  11. melterx12 macrumors 6502a

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    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

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    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

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    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?
     
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  15. TomCondon macrumors regular

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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 apple.com)

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