8 Replies Latest reply: Oct 16, 2012 2:06 PM by trobert225
trobert225 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

Hi,

 

I have a Mid 2010 Mac Pro and am planning to switch from a single display to a dual display setup. The monitors I'm planning to buy have a native resolution of

1680 x 1050 (their screen have a 16 x 10 aspect ratio), but I might need to use them at the next lowest resolution, namely, 1440 x 900. I want to make sure that this exact resolution will be supported by my Mac Pro, but in the Mac Pro technical specs, it says only "Support for digital resolutions up to 2560 by 1600 pixels". Is it safe to assume that the Mac Pro will support this exact resolution? Thanks for anyone's input.

  • 1. Re: Mac Pro Mid 2010 supported display resolutions
    The hatter Level 9 Level 9 (58,880 points)

    People can probably help more if you tell them make/model of monitors.

     

    By default you have ATI 5770 which supports using proper adapters 3 displays each (dual link DVI for 30"). It  could of course be something else if you build to order or upgraded and changed graphic card.

     

    Resolution independence is not exactly supported.

     

    I would "assume" but it does help to know and matters, that you hve either 10.7.5 or 10.8.2.

  • 2. Re: Mac Pro Mid 2010 supported display resolutions
    trobert225 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Hatter, thanks for your reply. I was going to put the model in, but I thought it might not be cool to do that (not sure why I thought that). It's an NEC EA223WM-BK. You're correct about my card; it's an ATI Radeon HD 5770, and I'm on 10.7.4 (my main use is a DAW so I only update the OS after some research, which I haven't had time to do yet).

     

    What exactly do you mean by resolution independence not being exactly supported?

     

    FYI, I spoke with an NEC rep and he said that Mac's display preferences should detect the NEC's resolution options. That's the main thing I'm concerned about. I don't want to get the display and then find that I can't select 1440 x 900 from the Mac's display prefs. I wouldn't mind some kind of independent confirmation of that though. Do you think that's correct?

  • 3. Re: Mac Pro Mid 2010 supported display resolutions
    The hatter Level 9 Level 9 (58,880 points)

    As long as the NEC is not 'ancient' it should be fine.

     

    You are not trying to force some unsupported resolution or refresh rate.

     

    Sometimes people use SwitchRes to have acceess to more settings too.

  • 4. Re: Mac Pro Mid 2010 supported display resolutions
    Grant Bennet-Alder Level 8 Level 8 (49,255 points)

    Is it safe to assume that the Mac Pro will support this exact resolution?

    Yes.

  • 5. Re: Mac Pro Mid 2010 supported display resolutions
    trobert225 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks hatter and Grant. The NEC came out this year, so it's not too old

  • 6. Re: Mac Pro Mid 2010 supported display resolutions
    trobert225 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    hey guys, I thought I'd let you know that in fact, the mid-2010 Mac Pro doesn't support all the exact resolutions that the NEC monitor supports. I know this because I was able to go into a local Apple-authorized reseller/repair facility (Tekserve in NYC), and they had this particular NEC monitor on display, hooked up to a mid-2010 Mac Pro, and the 1440 x 900 resolution was not available in the Mac's display preferences. The closest resolution the Mac's Display prefs offered was 1344 x 840 - which is not one of the NEC's native resolutions. Not a huge difference, but I thought I'd let you know as an FYI.

  • 7. Re: Mac Pro Mid 2010 supported display resolutions
    The hatter Level 9 Level 9 (58,880 points)

    That is interesting.

     

    In your reading and searching - and maybe communicate iwth the developer of SwitchRes - about this.

     

    Also, what happens running Windows 7 or 8 natively and see - I would expect that there would be full resolution support. One of the reasons I like Windows is the way it allows changing DPI to have screen resolution independence - totally different but shows the flexibility of having everything @ 110% or 110 DPI.

  • 8. Re: Mac Pro Mid 2010 supported display resolutions
    trobert225 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    OK, I'll check out SwitchRes. I don't have Windows so I can't check that out, but thanks.