4K and 5K Display Buyer's Guide for Macs

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  1. Miguel Cunha macrumors 6502

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    Thanks for the article and the links.
    Does Apple have any information regarding 5K displays in their support site?
     
  2. dmo94556 macrumors newbie

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    I have the Early 2015 12" Macbook. According to the article a compatible monitor would be
    • Ultra HD: 3,840×2,160 pixels
    and at that it would be 30hz. So, if I wanted a monitor that could produce 60hz, I would cut that in half, 1920x1080. Is that correct?

    Assuming the above is correct, what would the best options be for a monitor?

    Thanks in advance!
     
  3. Samuelsan2001 macrumors 604

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    I think you'll be fine with anything up to 1600p (very difficult to find) but for best results a 1440p 27 inch screen will look like the pre retina iMac.
     
  4. dmo94556 macrumors newbie

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    Does this look like a good option so I can maintain a similar quality to the Rentia display? http://www.monoprice.com/Product?p_id=13808
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    Does this look like a good option so I can maintain a similar quality to the Rentia display?http://www.monoprice.com/Product?p_id=13808
     
  5. Samuelsan2001 macrumors 604

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    Quality and pixel density are 2 entirely different things, you won't get anywhere near the pixel density of your retina screen without buying a 5 k screen you can't run at 60 hz.

    However you don't sit nearly so close to big screen so pixel density is not such an issue, I would try and take a look at any screen before you buy if you can.
     
  6. JacobVR macrumors newbie

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    I can't believe they're still charging $999 for that woefully outdated display. Nearly six years old, USB 2.0 and first gen t-bolt. Totally unsat.
     
  7. MikeLW macrumors newbie

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    I have a Late 2012 iMac. According to MacRumors article, it cannot drive the higher resolutions due to hardware limitations, however I don't want to buy new monitors that are not at least 4Q and end up getting rid of them too soon. If I buy the Dell P2715Q or something similar, can I just use it at a lower resolution? i.e. 2560x1400 @ 60 Hz?
     
  8. louisitou macrumors newbie

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    sure u can ;)
     
  9. SadBoy Pro macrumors newbie

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    Check the revision number of the monitor, all A0 revisions have issues, I have got one of mine replaced with a revision A01 and it is now not presenting any problems, however the A01 still does. It is an issue recognised by Dell so contact them!
     
  10. kaspergn macrumors newbie

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    I have a late rMBP 13" Late 2013 (i5). I'm really confused, whether it could run a 4K-display over Single Stream (SST), or if it's only possible with the 15".
    This article says:
    It doesn't mention a difference between 13" and 15".
    Can anyone confirm, if my rMBP 13" Late 2013 (i5) can run 4K at 60 Hz with a Display>MiniDisplay-cable? For example with a Samsung u28e590d.
     
  11. saberbe macrumors newbie

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    And do you have problem with running heavy apps, like photoshop with a big file or 3d software or something?
     
  12. Floris macrumors 68020

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    While still in doubt about the different iMac models, just reading this great write-up I learned that it's the AMD Radeon R9 M395X graphics that supports the 2x 4K on 60hz or 1x 5k on 2x tb. That helps me choose the right model. Thumbsup
     
  13. saberbe macrumors newbie

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    I am a bit afraid that a 5K monitor would ask too much from my system [mid 2015 MacBook Pro Retina (Intel Iris Pro 1536 MB, 16 GB 1600 MHz DDR3, 2,8 GHz Intel Core i7)].
    Because I do some heavy photoshopping and mild 3D rendering, and I don't want any change in performance of course.

    Anyone has experience with this?
     
  14. AnoneemusOne macrumors newbie

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    The Apple Thunderbolt display won't work with the new MacBook Pro... there is no way to hook my Apple 28" Thunderbolt monitor to the new MacBook Pro 15". I am told by Apple store reps that there is no converter cable. Monitor power cable won't fit the USB-3.

    I am sorry (and a little angry) that I paid $999.00 for this Apple monitor in February 2016 and now it won't work on a new MBP that is costing me $3,900.

    If I want a large monitor, my only choice is to buy the large LG for $1,399. Wow!
     
  15. rcgottlieb macrumors newbie

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    Why can't you buy a mini displayport to usb-c adaptor and have your monitor work? Or maybe there needs to be another adaptor in there: display port to mini displayport? I'm trying to figure out which monitor to buy for the my new Macbook Pro 15". I originally bought the LG and then cancelled it because it's a 21.5" and I want at least 27" and I'm not going to pay $1400 for a monitor after spending 3k on a laptop! So I guess what I'm waiting for is to see do I wait for more usb-c monitors to come out (LG has another one the same price as the 21.5" that is 27" but doesn't have as many ports and I'm not convinced it will charge my 15" Macbook Pro) or buy an existing monitor capable of display port of some kind that I can adapt to usb-c somehow? Or ???
     
  16. AnoneemusOne macrumors newbie

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    If I find a solution that allows me to keep my 8 month old Thunderbolt display with a new MBP, I will let everyone know.
     
  17. impaler macrumors 6502

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    GREAT article! I was searching the web for compatibility with my early 2015 MBP w/Retina, and was pleased to see I could drive a 4K display at 60Hz.
     
  18. Teon macrumors regular

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    Wow, you can display images on a 5k. True 5k will cost exorbitant money, but 4k is becoming cheaper and cheaper))
     
  19. woosher macrumors newbie

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    Well, according to Apple, you can drive FOUR Thuderbolt displays using your gear:

    https://support.apple.com/en-ca/HT204154
     
  20. juanmbellini macrumors newbie

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    Hi, I would like to know if my mid 2015 MacBook Pro without AMD Radeon R9 M370X graphics can handle two 4K (3840×2160) monitors at 60Hz connected via Thunderbolt 2 (one on each port).
    I already have one (Dell P2415Q), and it goes perfect. I'm considering buying another one.
    Thank you very much!
     
  21. Mitch Buchannon macrumors newbie

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    Hi, I have tried it with two P2415Q monitors and it works perfectly fine. I've used both the Thunderbolts 2 connections.
     
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  23. juanmbellini macrumors newbie

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    Hi Mitch, thank you for your reply.
    Did you check if both monitors were at 60 Hz?
     
  24. Mitch Buchannon macrumors newbie

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    I'll have to check but I believe I've seen the full resolution and 60hz indicated in the menu!
     
  25. pier macrumors 6502

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    This is wrong. You need a mini DP cable to connect to monitors that have mini DP port. A Thunderbolt 1 or 2 cable will not work, even when they have the same connector it is a different cable.

    I just ran into this. I bought a useless and expensive Thunderbolt cable to connect a P2415Q to a 2015 MBP and what I actually needed was a much cheaper mini DP cable.
     

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