Trouble running on 24" or 27" Apple Cinema Displays?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by MoodyMedStudent, Mar 19, 2011.

  1. MoodyMedStudent macrumors member

    Feb 16, 2011
    Ontario, Canada
    I am thinking of getting an Apple Cinema display and was wondering if anyone has had trouble running it on a 2010 MBA (1.86 GHz 4 GB RAM 320M). Does it lag at all watching HD videos and such?
  2. Buckeyes1995 macrumors member

    Mar 4, 2011
    I can't speak directly about the ACDs, but I run 1080P without issue on my Gateway XHD3000 30", 2560x1600 resolution.. no issues.

    The only time I get any kind if HD video stuttering is when I had my Itunes library on my NAS.. not sure what the issue was.. could have been itunes itself.. I watched a 1080p HD video last night from Youtube and it was perfect.
  3. Scottsdale macrumors 601


    Sep 19, 2008
    No problems driving the 27" ACDs at all. Even the 9400m in the Late 2008 MBA could drive it or a 30" ACD without issues.

    The Nvidia 320m has made the low end Macs incredibly capable since Late 2008 introductions. I am going to miss them terribly when they're gone. It is sad what Intel did and we're all losing much graphics performance with Core i-series chips and their forced Intel chipsets and inferior IGP.

    But as far as the late 2008 to late 2010 MBAs, they all drive the ACDs 24" & 27" wonderfully. Buy it and love it. The refurbished ACDs go for $599 and $849. Both are amazing.
  4. christophermdia macrumors 6502a


    Sep 28, 2008
    ive got a 24" which my MBA runs issues...
  5. chrismacguy macrumors 68000

    Feb 13, 2009
    United Kingdom
    My 11" MBA with a 320M powers my Cinema Display (27") perfectly, so you should be good :)
  6. jmoore5196 macrumors 6502a


    May 19, 2009
    Midwest US
    Ditto - my 2010 13" MBA powers my 24" ACD without difficulty. Best wishes!
  7. BENJMNS macrumors 6502


    Dec 28, 2005
    maybe i pay attn to details a bit more, but you'll notice a bit more choppiness when resizing say an excel window on the acd v. laptop screen.

    i have a 13" ultimate connected to the 27" ACD.

    HD and all that stuff it runs just fine.
  8. MoodyMedStudent thread starter macrumors member

    Feb 16, 2011
    Ontario, Canada
    Thanks. I was also wondering how I can "close" my MBA when it's connected to an external monitor and just run OSX on the ACD display. I heard that if you had your MBA open at the same time the graphics power is divided between both the MBA and the ACD.

    Also, if I have an external keyboard/trackpad can I use it while the MBA is closed?
  9. Mechinyun macrumors 6502

    Jun 24, 2010
    Dec 2010 ACD 27 inch with a 13'' AIR, I keep the lid closed always.. runs flawlessly.
  10. BENJMNS macrumors 6502


    Dec 28, 2005
    it's not flawless. i dock and undock (if you want to call it that) all the time and sometimes the thing doesn't resume when connecting to the acd again. it requires a reboot, but again, i do this so often... i kinda let it slide since the reboot time is so quick on these things.
  11. Christina1971 macrumors regular

    Jan 1, 2007
    Some choppiness with iTunes video playback?

    Oh crap. my apologies, I meant to start a new thread, not add to this one.
  12. DarwinOSX macrumors 65816

    Nov 3, 2009
    I keep mine closed but the difference in performance is really marginal.
  13. KnightWRX macrumors Pentium


    Jan 28, 2009
    Quebec, Canada
    Complete non-issue. The GPUs have been powerful enough to push these kind of pixel densities for quite a few years now. We're not talking about running a 3D game spread over both monitors at full resolution here in high details, just running a desktop and watching movies.

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