External Monitors: possible setups.

Discussion in 'iMac' started by ACD0236, Mar 28, 2018.

  1. ACD0236 macrumors member

    ACD0236

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    Hi there,

    I am in the process of buying an 27-inch iMac with the Radeon Pro 575 GPU to replace my 2012 rMBP + Thunderbolt Display + 1080p BenQ GW2470 (HDMI) + iPad w/ duet display.

    What I couldn't understand is if it is possible to hook up the 1080p external monitor to the iMac without using too many adapters or run into troubles.

    So, my question would be: is it possible to output a video signal from a Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) port to an HDMI external monitor? It seems unlikely to me (I haven't never seen cables with such configuration) but you guys on here know better for sure.

    Another question, if I may... Since I am planning to use Windows 10 with Bootcamp on this machine as I do with my current setup: what is your experience with Windows running at this extremely high resolution? Does it scale/behave well? Is it possible to take advantage of the full color gamut?

    Thank you very much!
     
  2. SecuritySteve macrumors 6502a

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  3. ACD0236 thread starter macrumors member

    ACD0236

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    Thanks Steve, I should have searched better...

    Thank you very much for your suggestion, I will search for a cable like that here in the Alps.

    As for Windows, it's nice to know that, since I use it a lot... thank you for this info too.

    I see you are running an iMac Pro, which would be a little overkill for me. But in the context of working with radiological images and 3D models of human anatomy and doing RAW photo editing on the side, do you think that the Radeon 580 would be much better than the 575? Difference in price would be about 10% here in Switzerland.
     
  4. SecuritySteve macrumors 6502a

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    While I'm not sure exactly how much GPU intensity radiological imaging takes, I'll assume it uses the GPU evenly. If the price difference is 10%, it is clear from the comparison of the two GPUs that the 580 gives you 15%+ more performance. Probably worth the bucks.

    http://gpuboss.com/gpus/Radeon-Pro-580-vs-Radeon-Pro-575
     
  5. ACD0236 thread starter macrumors member

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    Thank you for your input, I think I might go for it...
     

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