really stupid question about retina

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  1. jvmxtra macrumors 65816

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    so, once imac retina comes out, I would imagine monitor will come out w/ retina as well? If that happens, will imac be able to drive it(from 2011?)
     
  2. Stetrain macrumors 68040

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    There will probably eventually be a retina external display from Apple, it's just a matter of when.

    Whether a 2011 model will be able to drive one will probably depend on the resolution. It's possible that a large retina display could actually exceed the bandwidth limitations of Displayport.
     
  3. Ddyracer, Jul 21, 2012
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    Ddyracer macrumors 68000

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    I thought thunderbolt was faster? So i'm confused as to why you bought up minidisplayport.
     
  4. PaulKemp macrumors 6502

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    I think he ment Thunderbolt.

    But in regards to the original question. I dont know, the HD 6970 GPU doesnt really support those kind of resolutions now. So i'm guesing no.
     
  5. Stetrain macrumors 68040

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    Thunderbolt still uses Displayport to carry video signals.
     
  6. jvmxtra thread starter macrumors 65816

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    yea I am just hoping since I won't be able to upgrade my imac for at least next 2 years so IF retina monitor comes out, I hope imac 2011 27 can drive it. I am assuming lot of people feel the same way who owns same model.
     
  7. Mister Bumbo macrumors 6502

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    If the cinema display is anything to go by, a stand alone retina display might not be that much cheaper than a 27" iMac.
     
  8. SR20DETDOG macrumors regular

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    As far as I know mini-display port (Not thunderbolt, as Stetrain said) has a maximum resolution of 2560x1600, so I highly doubt 2011 iMac (or any mini-display port mac for that matter) would be able to run a retina cinema display.
     
  9. HurtinMinorKey macrumors 6502

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    It's capable of running a desktop at that resolution, but I doubt it could handle games or 4k movies.
     
  10. jji7skyline macrumors 6502

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    I hope so. The graphics might not be able to handle it though. Maybe the higher end 27", but possibly not the 21".

    Thunderbolt would probably be able to support the resolutions easily, with a simple firmware update. The bandwidth of Thunderbolt would certainly be able to.
     
  11. FrankHahn macrumors 6502a

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    We will see many retina displays on the market in a few years since they represent the next-wave development in computer displays.

    Desktop GPUs will become multicore ones to copy with the increased number of pixels on displays.

    We will see sharper and sharper texts and smoother and smoother graphics on displays.

    In the near future, what we see on computer displays will be as sharper as photos from the best SRL cameras with traditional films.

    Another direction of development for computer displays is certainly 3D.
     
  12. jji7skyline macrumors 6502

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    I don't see how 3D monitors could be useful for anything other than 3D movies :/
     
  13. InfiniteDeath macrumors newbie

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    120Hz refresh rate for gaming without the 3D. Far better than 60Hz.
     
  14. jji7skyline macrumors 6502

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    Might as well just get a 120Hz monitor for less money.
     
  15. Lance-AR macrumors 6502

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    TB 1.0 could do 3840x2160 at 60 Hz but it would take both channels to do it.
     
  16. InfiniteDeath macrumors newbie

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    120Hz monitors are 3D monitors. They are the same thing.
     
  17. Randomoneh macrumors regular

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    In that case, technically, every display is (can be) a 3D display by using half of frames for each eye.
     
  18. ad2435 macrumors member

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    personally, i would rather see a non-glare monitor than a retina monitor.
     
  19. jji7skyline macrumors 6502

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    Which is wrong because you'd need glasses.
     
  20. Orange Furball macrumors 65816

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    And The monitors would need the ir transmitters.
     
  21. eagandale4114 macrumors 65816

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    Apple Retina Display? ARD?
    Probably so. However I'm guessing the ATD will stay around for those whose computers don't support retina graphics and the ACD for the mac pros.
     

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