Speculative slowdown with two external monitors. Is there a solution?

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  1. MaclandNirvana, May 11, 2014
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    MaclandNirvana macrumors newbie

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    I know the high-end 15-inch Macbook Retina can handle two external 1920x1080 monitors (for a total of three displays). Sadly, I suspect the other 13-inch and 15-inch models would experience terrible slowdown.

    Are there any OS X settings I can tweak to improve the graphical performance of those lower-end models?
     
  2. YanniDepp macrumors 6502

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    Yes. If you only plug in ONE (1) external monitor, it will be less slow.

    For more speed, you can plug in ZERO (0) external monitors. This is even faster!

    If you must have TWO (2) external monitors, switch the resolution down to 640x480. This will speed up your computer.
     
  3. MaclandNirvana thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks for your feedback.

    At the Apple Store, I couldn't change the resolution to 640x480. Is there a hidden setting for this?
     
  4. Saint.Icon macrumors regular

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    He was being sarcastic.

    Are you actually experiencing this issue, or are you just speculating?
     
  5. MaclandNirvana thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I'm just speculating. Some Retina owners report stuttering when scrolling web pages on a single screen—I imagine three screens would make this much, much worse.
     
  6. yjchua95 macrumors 604

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    Even with a GT750M in my 15" rMBP, I still notice stuttering on sites like The Verge, but then, the site also stutters on every single Mac that I have in my home.
     
  7. MaclandNirvana thread starter macrumors newbie

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    That's good to know. It looks like a Mac Pro will be my best bet.
     
  8. yjchua95 macrumors 604

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    I have a 12-core nMP with D700 and it still stutters in that site. It's the way the website is coded, I guess.
     

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