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Old Nov 26, 2012, 03:02 AM   #1
WrrN
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Monitor adapter/cable for TB to DP

I've been on a MBP for the last 6 years and am trying to catch up on display technology. I am totally confused after researching this for the last 30 minutes.

My intent: Attached this monitor (http://www.necdisplay.com/p/desktop-...s/pa241w-bk-sv) to a 2012 Mac Mini.

My understanding is that I need a cable (or adapter) that runs from the Thunderbolt on the Mini to the DisplayPort on the NEC.
Do I need to purchase a special cable for this, or an adapter, or what?
Is there a recommended brand to buy?
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Old Nov 26, 2012, 08:07 AM   #2
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Thunderbolt can also be used by a Mini Displayport cable.

Get one of these Mini DisplayPort to DisplayPort cables:

http://www.monoprice.com/products/su...&cs_id=1024606

Pick whatever size you need.
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Old Nov 26, 2012, 09:38 AM   #3
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Thunderbolt can also be used by a Mini Displayport cable.

Get one of these Mini DisplayPort to DisplayPort cables:

http://www.monoprice.com/products/su...&cs_id=1024606

Pick whatever size you need.
So, a Mini DisplayPort connector has the identical size/shape as a Thunderbolt connector?

This cleared things up for me: http://reviews.cnet.com/8301-13727_7-20043524-263.html

Last edited by WrrN; Nov 26, 2012 at 09:50 AM. Reason: Answered my own question
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Old Nov 26, 2012, 11:05 AM   #4
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So, a Mini DisplayPort connector has the identical size/shape as a Thunderbolt connector?

This cleared things up for me: http://reviews.cnet.com/8301-13727_7-20043524-263.html
Yes. You don't need an adapter that is Thunderbolt-compatible if you're only using the DisplayPort part. I'm using a Mini DisplayPort adapter that can do DisplayPort, DVI, and HDMI on my Macbook Air.
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