iMac and Mac mini question

Discussion in 'iMac' started by AppleBMW&Lakers, Aug 26, 2011.

  1. AppleBMW&Lakers macrumors member


    Apr 7, 2011
    Hey guys! Can you connect the news Mac mini to a new iMac thus making it more powerful. Will the two work with one another, thus making a stronger machine with the combination. Thanks a lot
  2. ng7apoc macrumors member

    Jul 29, 2010
    No unfortunately you can't combine them for a more powerful machine.
    However you may be able to use the iMac as a monitor for a Mini if you have the right combination of hardware. Both the 2009 & 2010 (27" only) can take input via Mini Display port but the 2011 iMac's can only be used in target display mode with a Thunderbolt device, like the new Mini and a Thunderbolt cable
  3. Qwaf macrumors regular

    Sep 11, 2010
    Technically you could with XGrid, but it isn't for general computing, more so specialised batch jobs. It may not be useful at all for you.
  4. AppleBMW&Lakers thread starter macrumors member


    Apr 7, 2011
    really!!! NO!!! if I use xgrid can I combine the 2 im just greedy and I want a more powerful machine since my 27 inch imac has a core i3 and 8 GB of RAm, any suggestions?? thanks as always
  5. DustinT macrumors 68000


    Feb 26, 2011
    No, this is for some specific, high performance computing needs. Think heavy duty 3d rendering, mathematical modeling and scientific work. Sorry!

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