MBA 13 performance on a Thunderbolt Display

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by Lopes, Nov 7, 2011.

  1. Lopes macrumors 6502

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    Just picked up a 13" MBA, i5, and loving it. Thinking about getting a Thunderbolt display as well to pair it to, but how does the MBA perform on it? I'm asking because I connected the MBA to an older 24" Samsung 1080p monitor I've got and the OS transitions were VERY sluggish, which has me worried...
     
  2. ZBoater macrumors G3

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    It's hard to say without a specific benchmark, buy my MBA (i7) is super smooth on my TB display. I even played Jedi Knight II at full resolution (2560x1440). I really like this combo.
     
  3. Windowsrefugee, Nov 7, 2011
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    I have 2011 13" MBA and the TB display works perfectly. It is absolutely seamless, as is the ACD with the 2010 MBA.
     
  4. N0ddie macrumors 6502

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    Can't comment on the Thunderbolt display but our Air looks superb plugged into our Thunderbolted iMac!
     
  5. daftpunkstu macrumors member

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    should work absolutely fine! my older air works on vga nicely and thunderbolt can only be better
     
  6. Kendo macrumors 68000

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    Does the entire iMac have to be turned on in order to use it as a display? Meaning the HDD and fans and CPU are all on?
     
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  8. Lopes thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Thanks for all the tips and comments! Glad to know it may run smooth then...I wonder why it had choppy animation on my 24 in 1080p monitor then? It was over thunderbolt->DVI adapter...hmm...
     

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