Dual Monitors

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by GeoffWillis, Feb 4, 2013.

  1. GeoffWillis macrumors newbie

    Mar 11, 2012
    San Antonio, TX
    I have a question about dual monitors for a Mac mini. I just bought an I7/Quad core 2.3 Mini and want to run dual monitors. I read all the threads I could find on it and it seems that:
    1) Folks use the HDMI output for 1 monitor
    2) They use the TB output for the other

    Why is this? I'm hesitant to give up the TB connector and loose the high speed bus it provides. Can't I use one of the USB-3 ports and convert to DVI? Probably a stupid question, but does USB support video??? I ordered two Dell U2410M's, which don't have HDMI imputs, but have DVI inputs. Is there some way (Other than buying a $1000 TB monitor) that I can run dual monitors, and maitain my TB connector for "Future growth"?
    Oh, also upgraded to 16GB RAM (Thanks OWC!).

  2. simsaladimbamba

    Nov 28, 2010
    Use the HDMI to DVI adapter to use the DVI connection of one monitor, then use a Mini DisplayPort to DVI adapter for the other monitor and use the TB port for that.

    Once you get another TB device, connect the TB device to the Mac and connect the MDP>DVI adapter to the other TB device.

    Thunderbolt is daisy-chain-able with up to 6 devices (thus the proper TB devices have two TB ports).
  3. philipma1957 macrumors 603


    Apr 13, 2010
    Howell, New Jersey
  4. paulrbeers macrumors 68040

    Dec 17, 2009
    The monitor just needs to be the last item on the Thunderbolt "chain" so if you have Thunderbolt items then you just put those between the computer and the monitor. The only way this doesn't work is if your Thunderbolt device only has a Thunderbolt In but no output (thus unable to daisy chain).

    And no, you do not want to use a USB to DVI device. They are slow with poor refresh rates.
  5. GeoffWillis thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 11, 2012
    San Antonio, TX
    Thanks, all good info

    Thanks folks, should have been able to figure that out on my own, but appreciate the help. I'm assuming that all TB devices (Disk Drives, ???) have an in/out, and just terminate the chain with the monitor. I knew it didn't make sense that I'd loose the TB bus just to have dual monitors. Now, if those darn monitors will just hurry up and get here I'm ready to go!

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