27" LED Cinema Display (not Thunderbolt) with Mac Mini 2018?

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by futurevibe, Nov 7, 2018 at 7:51 AM.

  1. futurevibe macrumors member

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    Hi guys,


    I’m planning on getting the new Mac Mini and was wondering if i could use my Apple 27" LED Cinema Display (not Thunderbolt) with it? Is there some kind of adapter i can use to connect the Mini-Display Port to the Mac Mini’s Thunderbolt, USB or HDMI ports? If so, what would be the best way to go with this?


    Thanks!
     
  2. chrfr macrumors 604

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    It'll work fine. Just get a USB-C to Mini Displayport adapter. You'll need to plug the display's USB cable into one of the USB-A ports on the Mini too.
     
  3. futurevibe thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks for replying! Would something like this do the job? http://amzn.eu/d/3pDdMfH
     
  4. chrfr macrumors 604

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    It should work fine, although I'd probably pick something that has a short cable instead of the one-piece adapter to keep a little more room around the ports.
     
  5. Techieman75 macrumors newbie

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    I would be careful, I just got my i7 w/ 16 gb of ram and connected it to a 27” display via HDMI 2.0 and it runs like crap. The unit runs very sluggish and is almost unusable. I’m going to try and eGPU, but I’m kinda pissed that I spent over 1k for the mini and the unit can’t even handle a single display well let alone two, that’s even worse.
     
  6. futurevibe thread starter macrumors member

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    Yeah, good point. Thanks lot for your help!
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    Ahhh, really? :( Please let me know how you get on with it. Cheers!
     
  7. saulinpa macrumors 6502a

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    What are you seeing/doing that is slow?
     
  8. mikehalloran macrumors 6502

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    Not enough information. It should work fine with the right adapter.
     
  9. FearGhost macrumors regular

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    In can confirm that my Mac mini 2018 is working flawlessly with my Cinema Display 27". I bought a USB-C to MDP adapter from Amazon and everything works as expected. Volume and brightness keys also work fine.
     
  10. futurevibe thread starter macrumors member

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    That's great to hear :) Thanks mate! Could you please link me to the adapter you bought on Amazon? Cheers!
     
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  13. FearGhost macrumors regular

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    That looks very similar to the one I bought (see link above). I looked for good reviews from Mac users before purchase.
     
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    Why wouldn't you just use the Mini's built-in HDMI output port?

    Or are you using two separate 4K displays? The mini may be a bit underpowered to effectively run two 4K displays, even though it technically supports it.

    Also, what applications are you experiencing lag in?
     
  17. Techieman75 macrumors newbie

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    Resizing windows such as chrome is horrendous and even video playback from YouTube is bad. I’ll try to make a video. I did try one of the 4K monitors on the built in hdmi port and it was better but still sluggish in my opinion.
     
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  19. futurevibe thread starter macrumors member

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    Any signs of this with you @FearGhost ? It would be just my luck to have the same issues :rolleyes:
     
  20. Synchro3 macrumors 68000

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    Resizing Safari windows while playing videos is horrible in 4K resolution, even with my GTX Titan X graphics card in my Mac Pro 4,1. E.g. when resizing the Quicktime Player window all is smooth.

    However; the Intel HD 630 graphics isn't really strong, especially with two 4K display's. I would recommend an eGPU.
     
  21. FearGhost macrumors regular

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    No, I don't have this problem. As you know the Cinema Display is 2560 x 1440 and I haven't noticed any differences at all than when I was using my 2012 Mac mini server.
     
  22. futurevibe thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks for all your answers guys! I only use my computer for music production, so i'm guessing i'll be ok without an eGPU?
     
  23. Anonymous Freak macrumors 603

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    You should be just fine.
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    That is extremely strange.
    That seems "normal" to me. I have a 2012 MacBook Pro with discrete graphics that are old enough to be about the same as the integrated graphics on the modern mini, and that's what I get on a 1080p monitor or a 4K monitor. It's just "too much" for the CPU+GPU to handle updating the window while resizing. If you resize a Finder window, do you see the same? I would guess not, since there is far less to update while resizing.
     
  24. Techieman75 macrumors newbie

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    Finder is fine, it's just anything that has some graphics in it. Standard web browsing or watching videos. I'll post an update once I get the eGPU tomorrow and see how it handles.
     

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