Thunderbolt the same as Mini displayport?

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  1. macrumors member

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    Hi all,

    Is a thunderbolt the same lead as a Mini displayport or is it a completely different lead?
     
  2. simsaladimbamba

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    It will work:
    To learn more about Thunderbolt (TB) and its compatibility with Mini DisplayPort (MDP):
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  3. thread starter macrumors member

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    Thank goodness!! It looks different to in the pic and thought this new thunderbolt on the newer MacBooks were changed completely!! TVM

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    So I am right by saying its not the lead that will need to be a thunderbolt to make it perform, its actually the thunderbolt in the computer? In other words the lead I purchased above, will this give thunderbolt performance?
     
  4. macrumors G5

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    Poor Quality Snaps

    But see the attached images of my Thunderbolt cable....Pretty sure they are the same
     

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  5. thread starter macrumors member

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    "Poor Quality Snap"
    Thats as useless as a chocolate fireguard! lol ;)
     
  6. simsaladimbamba

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    The focus is behind the actual Thunderbolt plug, thus the image does not show anything.

    And as visible from the link I posted, Thunderbolt uses the same form as the Mini DisplayPort, thus one can use MDP via Thunderbolt.
     
  7. macrumors newbie

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    Cable to connect VGA video to new Retina Macbook Pro 13" Thunderbolt

    I replaced my mid 2009 macbook pro 13" with the shiny new Macbook pro 13" retina display. I thought the cable I had needed to be replaced, but looking again at the apple site, it appears the cable didn't change.
     

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  8. macrumors 68040

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    Yes, Thunderbolt is Mini-Displayport + Extra data channels. You can use Mini-Displayport cables in a Thunderbolt port.
     
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    Zeov

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    dude.. this thread is from 2011..
     
  10. macrumors 6502

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    Thanks, what it was looking for.
     
  11. macrumors 68040

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    Thunderbolt is mini-displayport + pcie. It can be one or the other, using the same port.
     

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