2012 Macbook Pro Retina Display?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Chriskyle, Nov 10, 2016.

  1. Chriskyle macrumors newbie

    Nov 10, 2016

    I currently own a MacBook Pro (Retina, Mid 2012). Some of the specifications are below:

    Processor: 2.3 GHz Intel Core i7

    Memory: 8 GB 1600 MHz DDR3

    NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M 1024 MB

    Intel HD Graphics 4000 1536 MB

    Here is my question:
    I have been considering purchasing a display for some time, but I've read that my MacBook will not be compatible with newer 4k displays. Obviously I don't want to purchase an antiquated monitor being I will be getting a new computer in the upcoming months. I was considering purchasing this monitor:


    Would this monitor even work with my current MacBook? As well as the 2016 if I purchase that in the future?

    I am also open to additional suggestions for monitors and computers!

    Thank you,

  2. Chriskyle thread starter macrumors newbie

    Nov 10, 2016
  3. agaskew macrumors 6502

    Dec 3, 2009
    Really want 4K? I love my Dell U2515H, just wish I'd got two.
  4. Foss macrumors 6502


    Sep 11, 2008
    Some people have gotten 4K monitors to work at 30 Hz on the 2012 rMBP. That being said, I've recently received a new LG 27UD88-W to be used my new 2016 15" MBP (which is still in the PFS state) and have tried to connect my own 2012 rMBP to this monitor and can't my laptop to output higher than 1920x1080. I've tried via DisplayPort on the monitor the mini-DP on my laptop and HDMI to HDMI. I'm not that concerned since my laptop should be in next week. Also, the 2016 15" MBP with the dGPU is supposed to be able to drive 2 x 5K@60 or 4 x 4K@60. So there's definitely no problem with the new ones.
  5. Chriskyle thread starter macrumors newbie

    Nov 10, 2016
    Great, what do you think of the one I linked? So it will be able to run on the 12 regardless, however it may not be at 4k capability until I purchase the 16 MBP?
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    This is one of the options I've been looking at. Really not a fan of Dell. https://www.amazon.com/LG-27UD68-P-...8885584&sr=8-1&keywords=lg+4k+display+27+inch
  6. Foss macrumors 6502


    Sep 11, 2008
    Correct it will at least do 1920x1080 on the 2012 rMBP. I'm not sure why I can't get it to work on my rMBP but since my new laptop is coming next week, I'm not going to spend more time or money on figuring it out. I'm sure the Dell can be used for 4K@60 Hz but might need to correct USB-C to DP or HDMI adaptor.
  7. Chriskyle thread starter macrumors newbie

    Nov 10, 2016
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    Gotcha, I see that this monitor doesn't have a thunderbolt connection in the back. Will that be a problem with getting a 4k resolution on my 16 MBP? How would you connect it.

    I appreciate you helping me out!
  8. tivoboy macrumors 68030

    May 15, 2005
    I think there seems to be a displayport input on the back - that is what I use with a dell 4K 28" monitor and this same computer.. okay I have a lot more ram and SSD space and CPU but the deficiency in the 2012 rMBP is the same.

    I can get 4K to output over HDMI but only at 30hz, so it's a bit laggy but can go up to the 4K resolution.. over displayport - I'm using a mini on the dell I run it to 25xxx1440 which makes things much more viewable. Getting more over displayport on these 2012 rMBP is where the deficiency is.

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