OWC shows Retina MacBook Pro driving three external displays

Mike H. at Other World Computing (OWC):

Including the built-in Retina display, the new 2012 MacBook Pro 15″ can run four displays at their native resolution…

Moving images and media didn’t create any lag and we were able to play video on all four displays simultaneously.

The blog shows a Retina Display-equipped MacBook Pro driving two Thunderbolt-equipped iMacs being used as external displays, and an LG-branded display connected via HDMI.

That’s a LOT of screen real estate powered by a single laptop.



  • jEN

    Impressive! Can the MBA drive more than one external display? Ivy Bridge should be able to do this, but I guess there’s no way to daisychain Thunderbolt.. or is it?

    • Quite the contrary. One of the interesting aspects of the Thunderbolt spec is daisychaining even high requirement peripherals such as HD bays, Blue Ray DVD burners, or displays.

      • jEN

        Thanks, I wasn’t sure about the displays.

      • Peter Cohen

        It’s not a limitation of Thunderbolt, but the MacBook Air uses Intel HD Graphics 4000 – an integrated graphics processor built onto the motherboard which “borrows” RAM for video memory. So its video display capabilities are a bit more limited that the Retina Display MacBook Pro, which comes with a much faster discrete graphics processor and gobs of dedicated video RAM.

        Apple describes the MacBook Air as supporting “full native resolution on the built-in display and up to 2560 by 1600 pixels on an external display, both at millions of colors,” so I think you’re limited to one external display.

  • Matthew Butch

    Oh man replace the iMacs with Cinema Displays, and this would be awesome! I want!

  • Great Caesar’s Ghost, that’s formidable.