MacBook Retina 13" two external monitors both 2560x1600, possible?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by rousya, Apr 24, 2014.

  1. rousya macrumors newbie

    Apr 24, 2014
    With MacBooks Retina 13" can you connect two external monitors with resolution each 2560x1600?

    Not talking about Thunderbolt displays, but other brands like ASUS, LG, SAMSUNG, etc.

    Has anyone tested?

    Any links, videos?

    Many thanks
  2. OS X Dude macrumors 6502a

    OS X Dude

    Jun 30, 2007
    I imagine the graphics card would buckle, if it was even possible. I could be wrong, however.
  3. yjchua95 macrumors 604

    Apr 23, 2011
    GVA, KUL, MEL (current), ZQN
    Officially, it can. I have no problems doing that with mine.
  4. raptor402 macrumors 6502

    Jun 30, 2011
    There's no reason why it wouldn't be possible. Of course, as long as you're not doing any excessive (or any at all for that matter) 3D rendering at 2560*1440*2.

    Best of luck!
  5. rousya thread starter macrumors newbie

    Apr 24, 2014
    Really? What type of monitors do you have, brands, both running at 2560x1600 resolution?

    How do you connect these two monitors to the rMBP?

    Could you post a screenshot?

    Would you be so kind to post some photos (or even make a youtube video if possible)?
  6. yjchua95 macrumors 604

    Apr 23, 2011
    GVA, KUL, MEL (current), ZQN
    Two monitors connected to two separate VGA-MDP connectors, each connected into one Thunderbolt port.

    They're both Asus PB278Q, 2560x1440 each.
  7. ha1o2surfer macrumors 6502

    Sep 24, 2013
    VGA? Why VGA?
  8. Eduardot macrumors member

    Mar 30, 2013
    MBPr with two external monitors

    Running two Samsung monitors at 1920x1080 connected through the MBPr thunderbolt ports with an adaptor thunderbolt to hdmi so i can connect both monitors.
    I cannot do 2560x1600 because my monitors won't allow it.
    But it handles them with no problem. Usually from 12 - 16 programs open at the same time.
    MBPr 15 inch 2.6 Ghz intel core 7, 8 GB Ram, 512mb SSD

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  9. SolusCado macrumors newbie

    Sep 26, 2014
    I realize this thread hasn't been active in a while, but I'm struggling to solve my problem... It looks like you have a VGA to Thunderbolt adapter, and with it your MBP is outputting 2560x1440, correct? My two displays are 2560x1600, and while I can use apps like QuickRes to "display" 2560x1600, it isn't crisp (clearly some sort of software upscaling). I've tried straight HDMI, Thunderbolt to HDMI, and Thunderbolt to DisplayPort, and in NONE of these does OSX give me any options above 1920x1080. It's almost as if it is unable to read the correct EDID data and thinks my displays are limited to 1080p. Is it possible that the VGA adapter is avoiding that issue by not reporting any EDID data at all? Would a Dual DVI (capable of 2560x1600) to Thunderbolt adapter accomplish the same task? And am I going to have the same issue when I go from a MBP to a Mac Pro?
  10. Freyqq macrumors 68040

    Dec 13, 2004
    Displayport to mini-displayport should be your best bet, if your monitor supports it. Displayport is the best standard for 2560x1600 right now, as you don't need any expensive adapters.

    You said you tried displayport to mini-displayport already though, so I'm not sure what the issue is...but it is definitely a software issue.

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