At work we have two Mac minis and each can run six monitors (twelve total).
I want to use only one Mac mini. How can we do this?
We have tried using a Thunderbolt PCIe expansion chassis.
We discovered some limitations of OS X and Thunderbolt.
Thunderbolt Expansion Chassis: Graphics Cards - FAIL
Mac OS X does not yet support video pass through. We tried multi-channel graphics card in a three-bay PCIe expansion chassis. FAIL. So not all graphics cards will work. When talking to Magna we learned that this is supported in Windows, but not Mac OS X. Maybe WWDC will announce further functionality from an OS end.
Thunderbolt Expansion Chassis: USB Graphics - FAIL
Utilize more USB graphics cards with USB 3 capable PCIe Cards. We discovered that the USB 3 PCIe cards developed by CalDigit does not support anything but hard drives. They said they will support a more full USB 3 spec in a couple of months when their next release comes out, but didn’t guarantee USB graphics cards.
USB Graphics Cards: Partial Success
USB graphics card makers are advertising the support of six USB graphics cards on one computer. Add HDMI and Thunderbolt. That makes eight displays from a Mac mini.
Because it is there.
Because the cost is right.
It is cool.
Hopefully a replacement for the linear processing of information like unto a PowerPoint presentation.
- Twelve 1080p LED monitors
- Two Mac minis
- FileMaker Pro
- Eight USB-to-DVI dongles
- Two HDMI ports
- Two Thunderbolt ports