Will I ever be able to use my 2011 27" iMac as a PC monitor?

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  1. AbeFroman77 macrumors 6502

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    I don't see videocard makers putting Thunderbolt on videocards.
     
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    There are plenty of mini displayport adapters and boxes, google to find some, looking at a few pennies though.
     
  3. AbeFroman77 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    iMac (21.5-inch, Mid 2011) and iMac (27-inch, Mid 2011) support Target Display Mode via Thunderbolt to Thunderbolt cable (2 m) when the source is another Thunderbolt-equipped computer.

    iMac (27-inch, Mid 2011) computers do not support Target Display Mode via Mini DisplayPort cables.
     
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    If you already knew the answey why ask, and that just made no sense for what you wrote -

    AFAIK, only the 27" models support TDM, thougth you just said the same two models do yet don't, lol.

    I know the 27" does, next to positive, Google for the 21.5, but I don't think so.

    There are adapters out there such as the Belkin AV360 (the one I'd go with personally), and others (there are threads, too)
     
  6. AbeFroman77 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I think you're confused. That was from Apple's support page. The only way I would be able to use the 2011 27" iMac as a PC monitor is if the PC has a videocard with TB. As far as I know, GPU makers aren't talking about going to TB.
     
  7. Tucom macrumors 65816

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    I think your confused, check this out: http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=962633



    Maybe I misinterpreted? Its possible to use the iMac as an external display for MiniDP natively (but only up to 720P or 1440P) and with HDMI devices up to I think either or resolution.
     
  8. AbeFroman77 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    This is true for 2009 and 2010 27" iMacs. 2011 27" iMacs only support TDM with a TB source.
     
  9. Tucom macrumors 65816

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    There's no reason why it would have changed though, I think that's wrong and the 2011 DO support it over MiniDP, because TB is just MiniDP plus, well, TB (two 10Gbps buses).


    Idk man, I could be wrong, but I think that's correct what I just wrote.
     
  10. aggri1 macrumors 6502

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    Hey there.

    The situation is pretty clearly explained in this Apple Knowledge Base Document:

    So only when other computers come with Thunderbolt ports will you be able to use a 2011 iMac as an external screen. I am kinda glad my iMac's a 2010 model 27", which can accept Mini-Displayport signals. (Note that the 2010 21" models _could not_ function as displays. Here's a link to an article for the 27" models).

    Cheers, A.
     
  11. AbeFroman77 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I know, that's why I'm wondering if GPU makers will ever use TB on their videocards.
     
  12. MacHamster68 macrumors 68040

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    why would pc gpu makers fit thunderbold to their GPU's , if at alll then you get gpu's for pc without thunderbold and gpu's for Mac with thunderbold , but dont worry by 2015 you get plenty of adapters , just be a bit more patient the thunderbold port might be absolute wasted port space today but it will be a new standard in 2020 or so ...Apple always was decades ahead of its time , look at firewire , it was the same thing back then , only used by Apple but then every pc now is fitted with a firewire port ..or not?
     
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    As much as I think this sucks, from what I can gather, no manufacturers other than Apple are really seeing any reason to adopt Thunderbolt - why does the average user need a 10Gbps connection for anything?

    I mean, look at firewire. It's far faster than USB or ethernet, yet it never really took off and it seems now even Apple is abandoning it.
     
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    Except the new Mac Mini still has it but Apple took at the optical drive. But I've never used Firewire in my entire life.
     

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