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Retina MacBook Pro Can Run Three External Displays Simultaneously

Other World Computing posted this picture on their blog showing a MacBook Pro with Retina Display hooked up to a pair of iMacs serving as Thunderbolt displays and a third monitor via HDMI. This setup powers four screens with a total of 15,680,000 pixels.

The writer of the post, OWC Mike, seemed impressed with the performance of the MacBook Pro:
Moving images and media didn’t create any lag and we were able to play video on all four displays simultaneously.
Apple officially supports hooking three monitors into the Retina MacBook Pro, noting in the Thunderbolt ports FAQ in its Support Knowledge Base:
MacBook Pro (Retina, Mid 2012) can support an HDMI-compatible device on its HDMI port while also using two Thunderbolt displays.
This makes the Retina MacBook Pro the first Mac -- other than a tower-based workstation like the Mac Pro -- to natively power four displays simultaneously.

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28 months ago
Unfortunately my wallet can't power four displays.
Rating: 127 Votes
28 months ago
That's incredible. So much power in such a thin computer.
Rating: 66 Votes
28 months ago
That's nice...but you're leaving out how hot it gets after doing so?
Rating: 24 Votes
28 months ago
I can do this with my Dell laptop at work as well. Granted when I tested it they monitors were smaller (27, 19, 19). But I streamed 4 different March madness games at once.
Rating: 19 Votes
28 months ago
It's the future right now :D
Rating: 19 Votes
28 months ago

I thought Thunderbolt was supposed to be powerful enough to support up to 10 monitors...

Thunderbolt can do things that the actual computer may not be able to do. In the case of monitors, while Thunderbolt can support 10 monitors, the hardware capabilities of a given computer may not be able to.
Rating: 17 Votes
28 months ago
Hell. Yeah. That's it i'm getting one. My video editing station will bring the boys to the yard.
Rating: 14 Votes
28 months ago
Wow that is an amazing amount of pixels for a computer so thin and light.
Rating: 12 Votes
28 months ago

I want to push to get a couple of these to kill some dead Dells in our NOC at work :) .
Rating: 11 Votes
28 months ago
Display output bandwidth was the last great obstacle to pushing pixels. VRAM amounts and GPU power to push out frame buffers have been sufficient for years. Thunderbolt x 2 + HDMI gives plenty of output bandwidth for displays. DP 1.2 would be even better, especially 2 seperate ports.
Rating: 10 Votes

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