Apple Thunderbolt Display on DVI

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by silvercircle, Nov 13, 2012.

  1. macrumors member

    Nov 18, 2010
    I find al sorts of adapters but none to connect Apple's Thunderbolt Display on my DVI (GTX 680) card. Google didn't help.
    I'm thinking of replacing my display and I don't think it it wise to buy the DVI version in case I want to replace my Mac Pro in the future with something else which will have Thunderbolt.
    Is it possible at all to connect a Thunderbolt display to a DVI?
  2. macrumors 601


    Sep 21, 2010
  3. macrumors 603

    Mar 10, 2009
    It isn't impossible. With enough gyrations most things can be coupled to each other.

    The question of whether the DVI graphics card is forward compatible with Thunderbolt. That's a straight no.

    However, if someone built a powered Thunderbolt dongle with a DVI pass-thru and small computer to drive the thunderbolt switch control logic and the PCI-e lanes then it would work. It would probably cost $150-200.


    That's a highly dubious assertion since the the Thunderbolt connector on a mac is backward compatible with the DVI display.

    The only minor constraint is that you have put the display on the end of a Thunderbolt chain. The display that works on both TB and DVI macs is the the DVI one.

    It is extremely likely though that future Mac Pros will come with Graphic cards with mainstream connectors (i.e., not Thunderbolt). That isn't even "backward" compatible ... that's it is the same compatible.

    PCI-e graphics cards with Thunderbolt connectors are extremely unlikely to appear any time soon if ever.
  4. macrumors 6502

    Aug 13, 2011
    can you plug the monitor into a card that has a mini display port slot, or get a female mini display adaptor > dvi? data wount work bu you can get a video signal
  5. macrumors 601


    Sep 14, 2006
    No. It only works with a Thunderbolt port.
  6. macrumors 68040

    Dec 13, 2004
    thunderbolt sends data as if it were on a pci-e port
    dvi sends data as if it were connected to a video card.

    So..fundamentally incompatable
  7. thread starter macrumors member

    Nov 18, 2010

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