Will there eventually be a third party adapter for thunderbolt target display mode?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by glitch44, Sep 5, 2011.

  1. glitch44 macrumors 65816

    Feb 28, 2006
    Will there eventually be a third party display port --> thunderbolt adapter for target display mode on the 2011 iMacs, or should I just go with a refurbished 2010 iMac?

    Eventually I'd like to build a gaming computer to play Battlefield 3 on the iMac via target display mode, although I can go for the better 2011 iMac and wait for the adapter if it's coming...
  2. McGiord macrumors 601


    Oct 5, 2003
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  3. AbeFroman77 macrumors 6502

    May 29, 2010
    I don't see GPU manufacturers putting Thunderbolt on their cards. An adapter might work but it won't be as good, especially for gaming.
  4. glitch44 thread starter macrumors 65816

    Feb 28, 2006
    Yeah, in my question I said I was trying to decide between the 2010 iMac (which can use the display port in as target display for other display port outputs) and the 2011 iMac (which currently can only do target display mode for other thunderbolt enabled macs, but I'm hoping will be able to do target display mode with a display port to thunderbolt adapter). If there's the possibility of a thunderbolt to display port adapter, then I'll go for the 2011 iMac, which is overall a better computer.
  5. Fozziebear40 macrumors regular


    Apr 14, 2008
    Also you could get an adapter for the 2010 iMacs in which you could plug in your Xbox or PS3 to use the lovely monitor. No solution yet for the 2011 iMacs.
  6. panzer06 macrumors 68030


    Sep 23, 2006
    Exactly why I went with the 2010 version. My Alienware gaming rig looks awesome on the iMac monitor! 2012/2013 for thunderbolt ports on Windows systems if ever. Maybe by then I'll be ready for an iMac upgrade.


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