Three external displays on a 2012 Mini!

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  1. dogslobber macrumors 68030

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    I've been trying out one of these USB3 graphics cards I picked up from Amazon and this one turns out really nice. Just a data point if you're interested in this. My display via the USB card is 1920x1200.

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    I did this too.
    It worked pretty nice until I bought another computer and didn't have room for 5 displays on my desk.
     
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    Latter.
     
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    Ooh, interesting. I have a QHD (2560x1440) on my desk but am bemoaning the fact the late2012 MM can only drive the HDMI-out at 1920x1200.

    I had heard mention of USB video cards but though they sounded like some clunky, crap product. I guess with USB3 that needn't be the case.
    What product did you get and how much did you spend? Are there any likely system issues this might cause, having an external GPU?
     
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    Which USB card was it, actually?

    I'll have to see if it's available here.

    1920x1200 + 2560x1600 + 1920x1200 would be awesome.

    And those displays can be bought for very reasonable money these days!
     
  7. dogslobber thread starter macrumors 68030

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    It was the Cable Matters one from Amazon. Search Amazon to find it.
     
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    How does this work... I've seen "usb3 to hdmi adapters" but then where is the actual GPU?
     
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    There's a graphics chip in the dongle. It's typically how a lot of docking stations work nowadays.
     
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    Yes, that’s the one. The latest High Sierra release works really well with the Display Link drivers. Check their forum for the feedback.
     
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    Ah I see... So the cheap "adapters" have some cheap intel integrated graphicsesque chip as opposed to "external graphics card" which are the same principle but with a high power discrete GPU?
     
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    Cheap and slow V expensive and fast. That it’s USB3 should give the game away but it’s really good now. I am able to run YouTube videos with no lag and no graphics artifacts. That last point is the clincher for me. The HS drivers have come of age now with some tweaks Apple did in their last Service Pack.
     
  14. d000hg macrumors member

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    The GPU on the Mac mini is pretty basic but it's amazing what it can do so I'm not surprised.
    It would be nice to see what chip various products use though.
     
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    They’re Display Link’s chipset. Check their website.
     

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