MacMini 2012 Concept: PENTA-Displays

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by nightmars, Nov 9, 2014.

  1. nightmars macrumors member

    nightmars

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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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  2. macaron95 macrumors regular

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    nice work :)

    proof that intel HD 4000 isn't that bad ;)
     
  3. mattspace macrumors 6502a

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    Can the displays hooked to the USB adapter do rotation?
     
  4. paulrbeers macrumors 68040

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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.
     
  5. nightmars thread starter macrumors member

    nightmars

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    Didn#t have a clue. Just tried it -- worked !
     

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  6. nightmars thread starter macrumors member

    nightmars

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    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...
     
  7. nycboyz macrumors newbie

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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:).
     
  8. fhall1 macrumors 68040

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    You never said what version of OS X you are running.
     
  9. Mcdevidr macrumors 6502a

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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.
     
  10. itsOver9000 macrumors 6502

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    That is pretty cool! Almost makes me wish I had a need for more than 1 screen on my mini. :)
     

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