Dual Monitor with the 09 Mac Pro

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by samueljay, Mar 12, 2009.

  1. samueljay macrumors newbie

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    Hey All,
    Been reading the forums on this site for quite some time, and thought I'd make a post finally as I'm unsure about the new mac pro. I was planning on getting a Mac Pro later in the yeah (first week of august) mainly for video editing (I'm a film student in Melbourne Australia), but confused as to how one would go about using 2 displays given that Apple has taken away a DVI port, and replaced it with a mini display port. I'm guessing this means to have two screens you'll need to get a Mini Display Port to Dual Link DVI adaptor? ($149AU from apple eeeep!) Is this the way to do it? Pretty much I was thinking of buying two monitors, 24" Samsung displays (I was originally going to get apple displays, but considering they've taken away the 20" displays, the cheapest is now $1200+ glossy [which apparantly is no good for working with colour], and made for a notebook). Would it be possible to use two Samsung monitors? http://www.engadget.com/2008/11/21/samsung-shows-clean-lines-on-1080p-syncmaster-2494hs-lcd/

    I could get two of these for about $350 each... a massive price difference from Apple, in Australia, that's less than half the price of the 20" ACD, with better specs, and 4 extra inches.. I'm sure you can see my dilema, and bother as to which monitor I should be getting..

    Thanks in advance,
    Samuel.
     
  2. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

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    You only need dual link if you're using a 30" monitor with that port.

    Buy any monitor.
     
  3. Chupa Chupa macrumors G5

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    What he said. Just to expand on it. The regular MDP to DVI adapter (US$29) will work fine on any monitor smaller than 30". You only need the dual-link adapter if you have a dual-link monitor. You can use any brand monitor you like with a DVI connection.
     
  4. samueljay thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks very much to both of you for your speedy and informative replies :)

    Now I just have the dilema of what screens to buy :)

    Thanks again!
     

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