No dual Thunderbolt Display on updated Mini??

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by ctyrider, Oct 23, 2012.

  1. ctyrider macrumors 6502a

    ctyrider

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    Given that Apple graphics support in the updated Mini is limited to Intel HD4000 - does this mean no dual TB display support? If true, that's a huge degradation of functionality. Basically I cannot upgrade my mid-2011 Mini to the current model, as I cannot use my second TB display.

    Apple store doesn't even offer an option of a 2nd display for latest Mini, so it doesn't look good!
     
  2. Poki macrumors 6502a

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    According to Apple, you can connect up to two Thunderbolt displays plus a single 1080p display via HDMI.
     
  3. ctyrider thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Can you point me to where Apple says that? The spec page on the latest Mini mentions nothing of dual TB displays.
     
  4. Poki macrumors 6502a

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    Look at the "Features" page on the Mac Mini site and go to "Thunderbolt". The text clearly states "2 Thunderbolt displays".
     
  5. ctyrider thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Ah yes, see that. That makes me feel better about this latest Mini refresh.
     
  6. derbladerunner macrumors 6502

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    What about three displays in the 24" range? Is this possible with the HD 4000?

    Assuming another company produces displays with both Thunderbolt and HDMI ports, can we assume the new mac minis could drive three identical monitors?

    This is hypothetical (I know of no TB display manufacturers other than Apple) but at least ASUS announded a TB display recently...

    http://www.engadget.com/2012/06/07/asus-shows-off-its-first-thunderbolt-monitor-along-with-3d-and/

    I would like to attach 3 displays. The current problem is one would have two TB displays from Apple with higher resolution and a third HDMI display with lower resolution, right?
     
  7. Poki macrumors 6502a

    Poki

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    Yeah, of course this would be possible. Don't know if the HDMI port supports up to 1600p though.
     
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  9. omvs macrumors 6502

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    The hardware should support high resolutions out the HDMI, but with stock OSX the highest you'll get is 1920x1200x60Hz. With SwitchResX you can force a custom video mode and get 2560x1440x40Hz. Not all monitors support reduces refresh rates, but my mini is driving an EQ276W out the hdmi port that way.
     
  10. iPhil macrumors 68040

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  11. philipfreire macrumors member

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    You connect one Thunderbolt Display to the Mac mini and then connect the next Thunderbolt Display (daisy chain) to the first Thunderbolt Display (it has a thunderbolt controller for daisy chaining and adding another display, external hard drive or anything that supports thunderbolt.
     

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