Watch New Thunderbolt iMac Play HD Video On Three Big Screens [Video Demo]

Here’s the new 2011 Thunderbolt iMac playing HD movies on three screens simultaneously — without a hiccup.

It’s a 27-inch model with an Intel Core i5 chip and AMD’s Radeon HD 6970 graphics card (1GB of GDDR5 memory).

The two 21-inch Dell monitors either side are connected via the iMac’s pair of Thunderbolt/Mini DisplayPort jacks on the back (with a pair of pricey $30 Mini-DisplayPort-to-DVI adapters).

The main 27-inch display’s resolution is 2,560-by-1,440; while the external monitors are at 1,920 by 1,080 (true 1080p HD).

Pretty impressive.

  • Sashmo

    I don’t know if anyone knows, but you can use the 27″ iMac as an external monitor. So in theory you could match up 3 27″ imacs and have a beautiful landscape of the samemonitor ADN use the power of the other two machines as servers for our office ;) FYI, this was capable in the previous models too.

  • Jesús Acuña

    With thunderbolt you can match up to six of them, and not only transfer video but data as well. I’m more excited about the data transfer rate rather than matching up lots of iMacs, Macbooks, etc.

  • boastboy

    pretty impressive indeed and also looking forward to the data speeds

  • CuriousM

    Why do you have an extra webcam in addition to your iMac? 

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