Connecting multiple displays to new iMacs?

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by .parallelogram., Mar 14, 2014.

  1. .parallelogram. macrumors newbie

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    Hi all,

    I have had the same 2003 iMac for the past 10 and a bit years and I'm finally in a position to afford an upgrade. I'll be getting one of the new iMac models shortly.

    I also have two 'spare' non-Apple monitors that my ex-flatmate left me with a year ago and has finally admitted he's not coming back for and I can have them. I'd really like to be able to connect these either side of my new iMac and have a three monitor setup. But I'm afraid I don't understand thunderbolt at all and after a bit of research into multi-monitor setups on Macs I'm even more confused.

    The monitors are a Samsung and a HP in good condition, both have DVI and VGA connections. Will I be able to connect both of these to a new iMac? I assume I'll need some extra cables or adaptors, but I'm not sure what to get.

    Thanks for any help!
     
  2. gavinstubbs09 macrumors 65816

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    So the thing is, the iMac has 2 thunderbolt ports. By using 2 monitors you take up each one of those ports, as one port uses (lets say) a VGA adaptor and the other a DVI. But yes, it all should work!
     
  3. .parallelogram. thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Great, thanks for your help. I don't own anything else at the moment that needs a thunderbolt port so I'm OK with monopolising the ports with the monitors for now. If I get some snazzy thunderbolt device later I'll have to make some adjustments.

    Cheers
     
  4. Apple fanboy macrumors P6

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    Only the 27" has two Thunderbolt ports. Just one on the 21.5".
     
  5. gavinstubbs09 macrumors 65816

    gavinstubbs09

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    *Late 2013 21.5" has 2 thunderbolt ports
     

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  6. DeltaMac macrumors 604

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    … Incorrect
    The 21.5-inch iMac has 2 thunderbolt ports since Late 2012 models shipped.
    That was also when the iMacs went to USB 3.0
     
  7. Apple fanboy macrumors P6

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    I stand corrected!

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    Funny thing is I own a late 2012 iMac! Just no thunderbolt accessories!
     

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