Refresh rate and response time of iMac as external monitor

Discussion in 'iMac' started by GreatUsername, Jun 5, 2013.

  1. GreatUsername macrumors member

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    Planning on getting an iMac and building a gaming computer. Was thinking I could save some money by using the iMac as an external monitor. It's got a great picture no doubt but what would be the response time and refresh rate if I were using it as such for a PC? Also, what ports would I use to connect it? HDMI? USB 3.0? Thunderbolt? (Yes, I found a PC motherboard with Thunderbolt).
     
  2. old-wiz macrumors G3

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    so far there have been no reports of anyone successfully using the iMac in target display mode with input as anything other than another Mac with thunderbolt.
     
  3. Mac32 Suspended

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    That is an Mac with thunderbolt running OSX. (Bootcamp won't work.)
    This should be fixed, as the Thunderbolt Display from Apple can be connected to a PC/Windows.
     
  4. vooblu macrumors member

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  5. EdsMacRumours macrumors newbie

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    This isn't completely true

    I have a late 2009 27'' i7 iMac I am using as an external display for my newly built gaming PC with a GTX 760. The connection is DisplayPort (from GTX760) to miniDisplayPort into my iMac. It works like a charm!


    The miniDisplayPort socket is the same as the thunderbolt socket. As I understand it, you can use a Thunderbolt input from a DisplayPort output, but not the other way around.
     

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