Pushing a Mac to the limit?

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by RubbishBBspeed, Oct 14, 2009.

  1. RubbishBBspeed macrumors regular

    Aug 1, 2009
    Was thinking about this last night while reaching for the cable to hook up an iphone, realising that I'm already running an external monitor, external hard disk, ipod, iphone, speakers, printer + a few others.

    My question being. Whats the most any one has maxed out of there Mac and it not fallen over.
  2. trip1ex macrumors 68000

    Jan 10, 2008
    You're fine. You don't even have 4 usb devices or do you?

    And speakers, monitor, hard drive, and printer and generally externally powered.

    And not sure what you mean by maxed out? # of devices?

    I'm sure you could add quite a few more and be fine. Depends on whether they need to be powered via USB or not. And whether you need to use them simultaneously.
  3. arjen92 macrumors 65816


    Sep 9, 2008
    Below sea level
    my 24" imac has:

    -usb 500 Gb hard drive directly to mac
    -keyboard directly to mac
    -mouse to keyboard
    -ipod to keyboard
    -usb hub directly to mac
    -canon colour printer to hub
    -brother laser printer to hub
    - external hard drive 250 GB to mac
    -headphone into mini jack output
    -FW 800 has a 1 TB hard drive plugged into him.
    -FW 400 the DV camera is connected to that
    -an extra screen, not really spectacular

    so every port, except for the line-in, is filled.
  4. Bennieboy© macrumors 65816


    Jan 15, 2009
    My PPC G5 has

    two monitors on one gfx card
    4 port hub powering the keyboard, mouse, iPod
    usb ports on my formac monitor run my webcam, and my card reader,

    not much but i would think you'd need a serious lot to cripple a macs performance ;)
  5. rkdiddy macrumors 65816


    Mar 19, 2008
    OC Baby!
    Mac Mini powering the following:

    (2) 22" Monitors
    BT Keyboard
    BT Mouse
    USB Printer/Scanner
    USB HD
    iTunes Streaming to my Living Room

    All while running:
    CS3 Creative Suite

    Never had any issues.
  6. Bennieboy© macrumors 65816


    Jan 15, 2009
    you run the entire suite at the same time :O

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