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Question: How many 5K displays for the iMac Pro

When Apple says "Two 5K displays with resolutions of 5120x2880 at 60Hz", is this in addition to the built in 5K display in the iMac Pro?

MacBook Pro with Retina display, OS X El Capitan (10.11.1), 2.7 GHz Intel Core I7, 16 GB, SSD

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I thought I would post the page where the word "and" appears. 😎

iMac Pro - Technical Specifications - Apple

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Mar 10, 2018 12:44 PM in response to LynnRCarter In response to LynnRCarter

  • Two 5120‑by‑2880 (5K) external displays at 60Hz with support for 1 billion colors, or
  • Four 3840-by-2160 (4K UHD) external displays at 60Hz with support for 1 billion colors, or
  • Four 4096‑by‑2304 (4K) external displays at 60Hz with support for millions of colors

Mar 10, 2018 12:44 PM

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Mar 10, 2018 12:41 PM in response to LynnRCarter In response to LynnRCarter

  • Simultaneously supports full native resolution on the built-in display at 1 billion colors and:

  • Two 5120‑by‑2880 (5K) external displays at 60Hz with support for 1 billion colors, or

I believe that's what "and" means in the first sentence. 😎

Mar 10, 2018 12:41 PM

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Mar 10, 2018 12:42 PM in response to Allan Eckert In response to Allan Eckert

Allan Eckert wrote:


You can connect up to six of the following properly-configured displays to your Mac Pro (Late 2013). Six Apple Thunderbolt Displays (27-inch), Apple LED Cinema Displays (27-inch), or third-party Mini DisplayPort displays. Three 4K displays: two connected via Mini DisplayPort and one connected via HDMI.

What does that have to do with an iMac Pro?

Mar 10, 2018 12:42 PM

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Mar 11, 2018 9:17 AM in response to dialabrain In response to dialabrain

Hey, dialabrain. Thanks for your reply.


The following was the link I was reading and while I could read it to say that these two displays are in addition to the build-in display, the word "and" is not on this page: Connect multiple displays to your iMac Pro - Apple Support


When I'm looking to drop way more than $5K on a computer, I would rather not make assumptions about what it will and will not be able to do. Instead of saying:

Two 5K displays with resolutions of 5120x2880 at 60Hz

I would have been much more comfortable if it had said:

Two external 5K displays can be added to the built-in display, all with resolutions of 5120x2880 at 60Hz and support for one billion colors

Mar 11, 2018 9:17 AM

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Mar 12, 2018 1:29 PM in response to LynnRCarter In response to LynnRCarter

One thing I try and do when making purchases for specific needs, is email the manufacture so that I have documentation that states the exact specs in question. If you have trouble with a system not working like someone says it should from a forum, that may not hold much weight from the manufacturer. I will also do as you've done and ask the forum, but if its a spec I need that determines the purchase, I want documentation. I'm also wanting a 5K monitor, but Im holding out to see what may be released with the Mac Pro. I'm not holding my expectations too high...but maybe Apple will go back to releasing monitors that are a better match than the limited 5K supply the market has to offer currently.

Mar 12, 2018 1:29 PM

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Mar 12, 2018 1:37 PM in response to Mark Pilkinton In response to Mark Pilkinton

Wise advice. What I look for is better documentation from the vendor. In this case, there are better descriptions from Apple about the number and type of *external* monitors an iMac Pro may handle, which removed the ambiguity for me.


Give the nature of my work, I will more than satisfied with an iMac Pro. I concur and I wish Apple would recognize that there really are not many real alternatives for high quality displays!


Thanks for your reply!

Lynn

Mar 12, 2018 1:37 PM

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