I use my iMac also as an external monitor

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  1. shenfrey macrumors 68000

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    it is a late 2009 one, and I use it to play my xbox using the kanex converter attached with HDMI.

    I am buying a mini gaming PC, and would like to know if this would also work the same way? The graphics card built inside it has an HDMI port.

    Thanks guys : )
     
  2. IlikeMacsSoMuch macrumors 6502

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    Using the kanex converter it would.
     
  3. shenfrey thread starter macrumors 68000

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    What about resolution wise, will windows only pop up the resolutions the imac can display?
     
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    I'm not sure, can your windows graphic card graphic output more than 1080P through HDMI?
     
  5. shenfrey thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Oh no, 1080p only. Would 1080p work with my imac?
     
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    Yes it would, no trouble there. It's just that the resolution of your iMac is a lot superior than 1080P, so either the picture will be smaller then your screen but at 1080P, or it will stretch to the full screen but at a lesser resolution. Basically, it will work but it will not look as good as your are used to from your iMac.
     
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    I do believe though that some hdmi versions support higher resolutions then 1080P? The GPU I have ordered is a 4950, not too old, I am hoping will this support native resolution but I guess I'll find out Saturday when I put it together.
     
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    Yes some HDMI does but I don't know which ones, and I don't know either if the adaptor would support this higher resolution. I had the same iMac then you have with a 15 inches mid 2012 MBP not retina but the higher resolution graphic card and maxed out cpu with a SSD and at first I used it like you do with that same adaptor for other pc but when I realized how faster my macbook pro was compared to the iMac I found out that I didn't use the iMac as a computer anymore just as a monitor. So I sold the iMac and used the money to buy a high end monitor that has multiple inputs instead. I can use that monitor with anything, pc, console , macs anything.

    What 2012 MPB model do you have?

    I forgot to mention that I upgraded my MBP with a bluray burner!!!
     
  9. shenfrey thread starter macrumors 68000

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    I am using a 2012 MBP, the one before retina p.

    Well my graphics card does have a mini display port, as does my imac, can I assume that if I use a mini display port cable I can get full resolutions?

    Thanks again
     
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    Yes I'm pretty sure you can, since you wouldn't need to use the kanex adaptor for this cable.
     
  11. shenfrey thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Wicked! Thanks so much for your help : )
     
  12. IlikeMacsSoMuch macrumors 6502

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    You're welcome!:)
     

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