Mac Mini with 2 Monitors. Whats the max resolution on each?

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  1. theMaccer macrumors 6502a

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    Hi,

    I want to purchase a mac mini and connect two monitors via the two video port it offers. I am just wondering what the max resolution it can do on each monitor. Is it 1920 by 1200 on each?

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  2. Hellhammer Moderator

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    2560x1600 in Mini DisplayPort and 1920x1200 in Mini DVI
     
  3. theMaccer thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks!
     
  4. Cave Man macrumors 604

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    My understanding is that dual monitor mode, both are limited to 1920x1200. Only with a single display can you get 2560x1600 over MDP.
     
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    Ahh, okay, didn't know. Because of 9400M?
     
  6. Cave Man macrumors 604

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    Here's from the Apple tech specs:
    To me, that means if you have two displays, they're limited to 1920x1200.
     
  7. QCassidy352 macrumors G3

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    I see why you're reading it that way, but I don't think that's right. I read it as saying it simultaneously supports 1920x1200 on one connection and 2560x1600 on the other. To me, that's the natural reading of that language.
     
  8. ADent macrumors 6502a

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    Apple says: "Extended desktop and video mirroring: Simultaneously supports up to 1920 by 1200 pixels on a DVI or VGA display; up to 2560 by 1600 pixels on a dual-link DVI display using Mini DisplayPort to Dual-Link DVI Adapter (sold separately)"
     
  9. Cave Man macrumors 604

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    If that is true, then they have a grammatical error in their description (the semicolon). My money is still on two displays of 1920x1200 max. I suspect we need someone who's done it to chime in.
     
  10. Heilage macrumors 68030

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    I kind of wonder how well a Mac Mini actually runs with two 1920x1200 monitors, I suspect it might be slow...

    (Which is absurd. A desktop computer that gets slow if you connect two monitors?)
     
  11. jb1280 macrumors 6502a

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    To those with greater technical knowledge, sorry if this is incorrect, but why would it get slow?

    I have used an iMac with the 9400M and an additional 24" display and there was absolutely no slowdown.

    On running 1920x1200 and 2560x1600 simultaneously, why would there be any issues?

    On the tech specs for the iMac it states:

    so again, it wouldn't be the 9400M causing problems, would it?
     
  12. Heilage macrumors 68030

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    Look, I don't know, which is why I asked. I just remember a 1,6GHz Core Duo Mac Mini being pretty slow on a 1680x1050 monitor. It only had 1GB RAM and a slow hard drive, though. For some reason I have a feeling that OS X requires a decent graphics card to just run properly, although I have no data or anything to back that up. It's just a feeling I'm having.
     
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    Umhh.. It won't unless you play games with dual monitors... 9400M isn't ****, it's great intergraded GPU, something that netbooks have dreams about.
     
  14. Heilage macrumors 68030

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    Okay. That's just good news for me, since I'm planning on a Mini with two monitors setup. :)
     
  15. Cave Man macrumors 604

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    Which iMac are you talking about? One with its own dedicated graphics card?

    On the Mini tech specs that I found on the Apple Store page it is this:

    Breaking this down by grammatical rules yields two statements:

    This, to me, indicates either two monitors at 1920x1200 each OR one monitor at 2560x1600. It sure isn't clear on Apple's page.

    As far as a limitation of the 9400, I suspect it is but I cannot locate any info on nVidia's web page about dual monitor resolutions.
     
  16. jb1280 macrumors 6502a

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    I think you might be reading too much into the semicolon in the spec page for the mac mini.

    There is nothing on the tech specs for the iMac or the 17" Macbook Pro that states you must run dedicated graphics to get 2560x1600 on an external display plus native resolution on the built-in display.

    Edit: for what it's worth, I just talked with Apple since I have contemplated something like a 30" and 24" running off a Mini since March and they confirmed it would run both as long as you have the dual link adapter.
     
  17. Cave Man macrumors 604

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    Ok, I buy this. Sounds like the issue is settled.
     
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    Of course mini displayport plugs don't work, it's mini-dvi which is completely different. Look for a mini-dvi - vga adapter instead (Apple should have plenty of those).
     
  20. John.B macrumors 601

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    The Apple part number for the mini-DVI to VGA adapter is M9320G/A (according to the one on my desk right now), though you can get the same functionality cheaper from monoprice, etc.
     

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