Thunderbolt Display with Inbuilt GPU??

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by Winter Charm, Feb 29, 2012.

  1. Winter Charm macrumors 6502a

    Winter Charm

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    Do you think we will ever see apple's 27" Thuderbolt Display get inbuilt graphics to give your machine a boost when you begin to daisy chain them?

    Ideally, I would love to have a Macbook Air and Thunderbolt Display with an insane GPU...

    I mean, thunderbolt should be fast enough to support it. And I really want to buy a Thunderbolt display, but I can't justify it unless there really is a huge advantage :/
     
  2. Lennyvalentin macrumors 6502a

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    It's certainly a possibility, but it would raise costs quite significantly as well as complexity; you'd need a bigger power supply, better cooling and so on, plus software support in the Mac itself.

    A superduper GPU would be wasted on the Thunderbolt display since the connection isn't quite high-bandwidth enough to push highly complex scenes at high framerates, but a mobile-class GPU, even an upper-range model, would probably be quite well matched.

    This is also the biggest issue, because GPUs age MUCH faster than the display itself does. Wait 3 years and most GPUs seem hellishly slow and outdated if you actually use them to any great extent. However, 3 years on a display often only puts it in its late teens, and can thus be expected to serve a lot longer. Imagine being joined at the hip to a lower mid-end class GPU (which is where even the best mobile chips belong) for that long! You'll go nuts in short order. ;)
     
  3. JayMBP macrumors regular

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    I can see TB-based GPU adapter. But certainly not built into the TBD itself.
     
  4. Star Brood macrumors newbie

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    I emailed Apple the other day requesting a Thunderbolt external GPU or at least the firmware to support it.

    If that was the case, then I wouldn't need to settle for the middle-class Mac Mini. I could go with the quad-core Mac Mini that lacks the GPU and then get the Thunderbolt GPU to back it up.

    Unfortunately, I haven't been able to find anything on the horizon saying such a thing is actually going to happen, just rumors.
     

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