X-Plane with Triple Display

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by southnc, Nov 21, 2010.

  1. southnc macrumors member

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    Hello and happy holidays.

    I have a real pilot's license, but just don't have that much time and disposable funds to be flying as much as I should.

    I've been really impressed with the X-Plane simulation products and want to invest in setting-up a potent system around it, that would include 3 hi-def displays. I'm a die-hard Mac User and wish to stay with OS-X, if possible.

    Obviously, there is a need to be able to swap out the video card as GPUs improve and X-Plane gets more sophisticated. In the Mac line, that leaves the Mac Pro as the only option, imo. Hence, why I'm here.

    I'm interested in the recommended specs for a MacPro setup with 3 screens from those on this forum who are experienced X-Plane users. From what I've researched, there appears to be 3 ways to do this:
    1) Powerful GPU, with Matrox TripleHead2Go external unit ( http://www.matrox.com/graphics/surroundgaming/en/games/supported/x_plane/ )
    2) GPU with bulit-in triple output (not sure if this is avail for MacPro)
    3) Network with other separate (and less powerful) computers handling scenery screens only

    I would prefer options 1 or 2.

    Thanks in advance!
     
  2. Cindori macrumors 68040

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    1 will work.

    2 will not because there is no eyefinity for osx, the display will not stretch across three screens.
     
  3. southnc thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks for the reply - any recommendations on what MacPro configuration to purchase (cores, gpu, memory, disk space, etc)? I'm assuming, with X-Plane, the GPU is more important than the # of cores.
     
  4. grue macrumors 65816

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    Aaaaaaaaaactually, X-Plane can force itself to run on multiple displays by generating a bigger window. I'm not sure how it works on a low level, but essentially it makes a 5760x1200 (or whatever) window. It's a bit flaky sometimes, though.
     
  5. ActionableMango macrumors 604

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    Triplehead2Go is an external solution that appears as one single widescreen monitor to the computer. This Nvidia solution has nothing to do with AMD's eyefinity.
     

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