Apple 27 inch Cinema or Thunderbolt display monitor

Discussion in 'iMac' started by tommy0614, Feb 21, 2013.

  1. macrumors member

    Jan 7, 2013
    Is there a big difference between Apples Thunderbolt display and the Cinema display other than the connections? If I had the two side by side would the displays be very different? That is both being set up with a PC using Windows 7.
  2. macrumors 6502


    Dec 29, 2007
    Looking at them from the front there is no difference. They also both share the same resolution of 2560x1440. Turn it around and that is where you can tell there are more ports on the back.

    The Thunderbolt only makes sense if you have some Thunderbolt equipment to use it with. You can also daisy chain another monitor to it if you like.

    I got the Thunderbolt because I have a Mac Mini hooked up to it that has a Thunderbolt connection in it. It does make it easy to hook up a newer Macbook Pro with a minimal of cables.
  3. macrumors 68000


    Dec 22, 2008
    If you're using pc, then you're only gonna be able to use the cinema display, as the thunderbolt won't do you any good even if you have a TB mobo as it won't be as easy as hooking up a mac to it.
  4. macrumors 6502a

    Feb 27, 2010
    Also, keep in mind that you'll need a PC video card that does Mini Displayport out to connect to the Cinema Display as the displays all have male adaptors and I don't think you can connect to other video connections.

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