Dual Monitors and Performance

Discussion in 'Mac OS X Lion (10.7)' started by monkeybagel, Jul 28, 2011.

  1. monkeybagel macrumors 65816

    Jul 24, 2011
    United States
    I have been running Lion on an older 2006 iMac for a while. This machine has two monitors - the primary 20" and an external 1600x1200 connected via mini-DVI connector. Thus far Lion has been pretty slow compared to Snow Leopard. I thought it could be the extra pixels slowing it down on such an older machine, so I disconnected the external monitor. I was surprised to see how the performance improved somewhat. The window manager seems to be much more responsive, and I am not waiting as much. It could be a result of me not running as many applications since I only have one screen, however I can definitely tell a difference with my primary applications open.

    Curious if anyone else has observed this. This machine is one of the first iMac that Lion supports, so it very well could be over-taxing the video card.
  2. DustinT macrumors 68000


    Feb 26, 2011
    Do you have any specifics on how the performance improved when you removed the second display?
  3. karohan macrumors 6502

    Jun 25, 2010
    I have slower video performance with dual monitors and I have a 2010 Macbook Pro. I think you'll notice some slowdown regardless. It's odd though because it's not a number of pixels issue. I can drive a 2560x1440 monitor just fine, but I'll have a slight yet visible slowdown driving two 1280x800 resolution monitors (which overall has less pixels).

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