Using 2 monitors for Mac Mini - what model?

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by wallstreetcrash, Sep 1, 2011.

  1. wallstreetcrash macrumors regular

    Sep 15, 2008
    New York
    Sorry I'm a bit of a graphics noob.

    If I want to use 2 monitors (both 1920x1080), what model do I go for?

    I'm not sure if it uses the GPU, or the processors.. or both to power both screens? :eek:


    I'll be getting 8GB regardless.
  2. SandboxGeneral Moderator emeritus


    Sep 8, 2010
  3. Mak47 macrumors 6502a

    Mar 27, 2011
    Harrisburg, PA
    Any of them should be fine. I'm using dual monitors on the Mini Server and it works great. Prior to this model I also used the same monitors on the older generation Mini.

    Whichever you like will work just fine.
  4. wallstreetcrash thread starter macrumors regular

    Sep 15, 2008
    New York
    Ok thanks.

    But to answer my question, what component is used to power the external monitors. Is it the GPU, CPU? or a combination.
  5. xraydoc macrumors demi-god


    Oct 9, 2005
    It's not quite that cut & dried...

    Both machines have graphics subsystems. One uses a discrete chip, separate from the rest of the chipset, to provide faster graphics. The other uses an integrated solution (in the case of the Core i5/i7 processors, it's built-on to the processor die itself; other machines have it integrated in to the controller chipsets) which isn't nearly as fast but gets the job done if you don't need top-speed graphics capabilities.

    Bottom line is that machines with discrete GPUs will have faster graphics than machines with integrated GPUs. But either Mac mini will run two displays. And for 2D/office-type functions, they're otherwise similar.
  6. ra004e, Sep 2, 2011
    Last edited: Sep 2, 2011

    ra004e macrumors regular

    Jun 8, 2009
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