External graphics card for MB PRO 2012.

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Danny G, Dec 1, 2015.

  1. Danny G macrumors newbie

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    Hi there.
    I have a macbook pro 2012 with 16 gb of ram, i work full time in audio visuals and really need to be able to add more screens to my laptop's and the mac minis. I have looked at PCIE expansion cards over thunder bolt but just wondered if someone could give me some specs for one that will support up to 4 external displays from the macbook its self. I tend to use a lot of the sonnet stuff but their cases start at £800 for a rack mounted one, Just wondered if anyone had done it and the specs they are using ect.
    Thanks
     
  2. wlossw macrumors 6502a

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    Out of curiosity what resolution do you want to run on your externals? I have 2 Thunderbolt displays on my 2012 MacBook Pro and the internal panel and it runs ok... I plugged in a 1080p over HDMI and I was still doing ok... So do you want 4 total, or 5 total displays?
     
  3. Danny G thread starter macrumors newbie

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    total of 5 displays running at higher than 1920 by 1080 i would like to be able to run 1 @ 1600x1200 3 @ 3440x1440 and then the laptop display at 1920x1080
     
  4. Danny G thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I basicly want to be able to run 5 monitors of the MBP at any resolution hahaha
     
  5. snaky69 macrumors 603

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    You really should be looking at a desktop. You're tethered to a desk anyway. It'll allow you to run that setup without costly TB enclosures and will run circles around any laptop on the market performance wise.
     
  6. Danny G thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Yeah I'm looking at the Mac Pro but I would still like to be Able to hook in my laptop.
     
  7. Freyqq macrumors 68040

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    There's two pieces, the enclosure and the graphics card. You'd want a powerful GPU with enough video out ports to fit your needs. I'd wait for the official external GPU releases, if you can wait. Now that Intel is officially supporting this, I expect them to come out sooner than later.
     
  8. wlossw macrumors 6502a

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    For what you are trying to accomplish (3 4k displays) plus internal plus another display I suspect you will be disappointed even if you can get it to work... as per above post you would be better served by a desktop solution (mac pro?), and that may be a better option in terms of cost and power anyway...
     
  9. wlossw macrumors 6502a

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    This is what my desk looks like, and TBH it's almost overkill... how many monitors do you have currently?
     
  10. Fishrrman macrumors G3

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    OP -

    Get a MacPro to do what you need.

    That's not really the job of a MacBook Pro...
     

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