MBA Performance with Thunderbolt Display?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by harry*333, Oct 29, 2013.

  1. harry*333 macrumors 6502a


    Jul 24, 2009
    So I've got a 2012 i5 MBA currently. I'm looking into getting a thunderbolt display to work on some video projects that came up before I can get my hands on a Mac Pro. Though I'm concerned that using the MBA with the display and its larger resolution will tax the CPU more and have a negative impact on the MBA's already lackluster video editing performance.

    Can anyone provide some insight on this issue, preferably with some real-world experience?
  2. harry*333 thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Jul 24, 2009
  3. yosemit macrumors regular

    Jul 19, 2013
    Shouldn't be a problem if you don't plan to run 3D-intensive games. The GPU of MBA 2012 is powerful enough to drive thunderbolt display for common programs.

  4. iAppl3Fan macrumors 6502a


    Sep 8, 2011
    My MBA drives 2 displays and is practically silent.
  5. jmoore5196 macrumors 6502a


    May 19, 2009
    Midwest US
    I'm not sure if this is still a concern, but just in case: I've used my 'Ultimate' 11" MBA with my TBD without a hiccup. The display doesn't tax the machine at all; it flies through convoluted Adobe CC tasks with no difficulty.

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