using my Samsung monitor as 2nd display

Discussion in 'iMac' started by saz25, Jan 10, 2014.

  1. saz25 macrumors newbie

    May 23, 2010
    I am considering an iMac after being a Windows user for 20+ years. I have this 2 year old Samsung 27" HDMI 1920 x 1080 monitor. I'm planning to use it (since I have it) as a 2nd monitor.

    I have 2 questions:

    1) Can I use both these monitors even though the resolutions are different? Native (built-in) 27" iMac is 2560x1440 and my other one is 1920 x 1080. I won't use it in mirrored mode. It would be for additional real estate.

    2) Assuming it can handle the 2 monitors as above, do I need to consider the non-standard graphics option which is: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780M 4GB GDDR5
    The base graphics is: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 775M 2GB GDDR5

    I won't be doing gaming. Perhaps video editing and primarily Word processing, office-type apps, etc.

    Thanks in advance,
  2. CH12671 macrumors 6502

    Dec 29, 2013
    Southern US
    you can use it as an additional monitor, no problem
  3. Altemose macrumors G3


    Mar 26, 2013
    Elkton, Maryland
    You should have no issues running them at different resolutions, I do it all the time. The base GPU is more than plenty but it never hurts to buy as much computer as possible!
  4. Bear macrumors G3

    Jul 23, 2002
    Sol III - Terra
    780M would only be useful for Gaming and Heavy Video editing (depending on applucation), so it sounds like the 775M is what you want and it will handle the extra display just fine.
  5. jondunford macrumors 6502


    Oct 22, 2013
    Going for a poo Moderator
    the upgraded gpu has twice the ram which will be useful for running 2 displays
  6. Bear macrumors G3

    Jul 23, 2002
    Sol III - Terra
    Even the 755M with 1GB VRAM can run multiple displays with no problems. The 775M with 2GB is more than enough for what the OP is planning on using his system for.
  7. gmanist1000 macrumors 68030


    Sep 22, 2009
    I use two additional monitors, all with different resolutions, with my 2011 iMac and it works flawlessly. You can choose which resolution you want each monitor to run in, and the Samsung displays usually allow you to underscan or overscan to get the image fitted properly.
  8. Fishrrman macrumors G5


    Feb 20, 2009
    Just get the proper connecting cable and plug the thing in.

    I think you'll be pleasantly surprised.

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