MacMini 2012 Concept: PENTA-Displays

nightmars

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Sep 21, 2010
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Hey everyone,

just wanted to share my Proof-of-Life concept for those who are (constantly) complaining about the Mini's performance.

Just finished a Test-Setup with a total of 5 (Penta) Displays.

3 x Samsung 223BW (1680x1050)
1 x LG L1715S (1280x1024)
1 x iPad Air2 connected via Air Display

All five display work normally. I can watch Full HD videos on all the four regular displays (not the AirDisplay though).

System: Mac Mini 2012, 2,5Ghz i5, 16GB RAM, 120 GB Samsung 840 SSD+ 500GB HDD

Connections:

directly connected to Mini:

Samsung 223BW via MiniDP to DVI cable
Samsung 223BW via HDMI to DVI cable

connected via itec USB 3.0 Dual Display Adapter:

Samsung 223BW via HDMI to DVI
LG L1715S (1280x1024) via DVI to VGA cable

connected wirelessly:

iPad Air2 via Air Display

Here's a link to the USB 3.0 video adapter (which actually works without a power supply while running two connected displays):
http://www.i-tec-europe.eu/?t=3&v=267

pics for those interested :) :
 

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paulrbeers

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Dec 17, 2009
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nice work :)

proof that intel HD 4000 isn't that bad ;)
Well considering the hd4000 is only running two of those displays then I would say yes it is still that bad... The rest are run off of USB and the iPad which uses CPU.
 

nightmars

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Sep 21, 2010
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Well considering the hd4000 is only running two of those displays then I would say yes it is still that bad... The rest are run off of USB and the iPad which uses CPU.
I actually thought so too. But I am not quite sure anymore which computer part actually does the work (CPU, iGPU, USB-GPU,...). The "About my Mac" info box reports 4 displays being controlled via Intel HD4000 while system report "only" reports two displays hooked up to HD4000 and two hooked up via USB...
 

nycboyz

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Feb 22, 2015
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Hey nightmars,

First off thank you for this post. I'm preparing to set up a new Mac Mini (MD389LL/A with 16GB RAM) for my wife to replace her for old Mac Pro (MA356LL/A) that is running dual monitors (M9178LL/A She hated the glossy-only Apple monitors and loved the trim that matches her Mac Pro) and I've been trying to convince her she needs three...or more :)...monitors. But I have to show her before she will believe me, and I couldn't figure out how to easily do it - until now. Again, thanks. In an ideal world there would (should!) be a splitter for the Thunderbolt port for multiple monitors (without having to buy $$$$$$ TB monitors and daisy chain).

Second, your recommended adapter (http://www.i-tec-europe.eu/?t=3&v=267) isn't in a USA-friendly format to buy, but this one (http://www.amazon.com/dp/B008CXFMT6) looks like it will get the job done for me (yes, it is OSX compatible: http://www.startech.com/AV/USB-Video-Adapters/USB-3-to-HDMI-DVI-External-Video-Card~USB32HDDVII)

Now I just have to find some suitable - yet cost effective - extra monitors for her discriminating graphic designer tastes :p No, I can't get just any monitors because after I set up the demo she will want to keep them.

On another note, I'll be modifying her old Mac Pro to run Mavericks (http://lowendmac.com/2014/modernizing-the-mac-pro-11-and-21/) or Yosemite (http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1740775), I'm undecided as to which yet, it's a "garage" project with no timetable (which means I might never get around to doing it. I've got the missus old G4 sitting at the bottom of a cabinet :eek:).
 

fhall1

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Dec 18, 2007
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Hey everyone,

just wanted to share my Proof-of-Life concept for those who are (constantly) complaining about the Mini's performance.

Just finished a Test-Setup with a total of 5 (Penta) Displays.

3 x Samsung 223BW (1680x1050)
1 x LG L1715S (1280x1024)
1 x iPad Air2 connected via Air Display

All five display work normally. I can watch Full HD videos on all the four regular displays (not the AirDisplay though).

System: Mac Mini 2012, 2,5Ghz i5, 16GB RAM, 120 GB Samsung 840 SSD+ 500GB HDD

Connections:

directly connected to Mini:

Samsung 223BW via MiniDP to DVI cable
Samsung 223BW via HDMI to DVI cable

connected via itec USB 3.0 Dual Display Adapter:

Samsung 223BW via HDMI to DVI
LG L1715S (1280x1024) via DVI to VGA cable

connected wirelessly:

iPad Air2 via Air Display

Here's a link to the USB 3.0 video adapter (which actually works without a power supply while running two connected displays):
http://www.i-tec-europe.eu/?t=3&v=267

pics for those interested :) :
You never said what version of OS X you are running.
 

Mcdevidr

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Nov 27, 2013
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You could try duet instead of air display. I never got air display to work well even with an AC wireless airport extreme and my computer wired. I was using iPad air 1st gen though. Maybe 2nd gen works better.