4K newbie: use with mac mini?

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by LucasLand, Feb 2, 2015.

  1. LucasLand macrumors 6502a

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    I'm just looking into 4K now. I was wondering is anyone using a mac mini with a 4K monitor, if its even possible. I have a late 2012 mini 16gb ram
     
  2. redheeler macrumors 603

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    It's possible but the refresh rate is stuck at 30 Hz. The 2014 Mac minis can do 4K at 60 Hz.
     
  3. yjchua95 macrumors 604

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    Nope, the 2014 Mac Minis share the same Haswell-U chipset as the 13" rMBPs, so it still can only do 4K at 30Hz, but can be upped to 52Hz with some troublesome tweaking.
     
  4. redheeler macrumors 603

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    Thanks for the correction, should have known. Quite a disappointment considering many people want to use 4K displays with Mac minis.
     
  5. yjchua95 macrumors 604

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    If Apple had used Haswell-HQ with the Crystal Well eDRAM cache instead (aka Iris Pro 5200), the Mini could've perfectly done 4K @ 60Hz.
     
  6. philliplakis macrumors member

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    how can you achieve 4k with a mini? I'm stuck on 2.5k would love to be able to really use my 4k screen
     
  7. redheeler macrumors 603

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    Does 3840x2160 show up in System Preferences > Displays?
     
  8. philliplakis macrumors member

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    Ive attached a screen shot.

    maybe some specs will help

    2012 2.3 quad mini
    samsung uhd 4k screen
    mDP->DP adapter (has done 4k on my cMP & r9 280x)
    DP to monitor
     

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  9. stevemr123 macrumors member

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    By default, 3840x2160 won't show up when using DisplayPort, only through HDMI (refresh rate will be 30Hz only). If you want do use DisplayPort, you have to use SwitchResX to manually add the resolution.

    EDIT: Sorry, I see you have 2012 mac mini. Unfortunatelly that won't qualify for 4K over HDMI. You may get 4K@30Hz over DP using SwitchResX though (never tried it, but there are some successes on the web).
     
  10. P00t macrumors member

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    They can only just do 4K resolution but don't expect 4K Video playback.

    If you want to get true 4K, the new GTX960 or 970 in an external Thunderbolt enclosure is your answer, or for another thousand and a half get a New Mac Pro.
     
  11. Superskurk macrumors newbie

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    Sluggish

    I´ve actually run my 2014-Mac Mini on a 4k screen (settings 4k @ 30 Hz), and it´s a bummer. Most video is displayed poorly, and some not at all (depending on format, bitrate etc.). Pictures, when displayed, look awesome, though. Then again, the cursor is minuscule and so are the various standard windows etc. I tweaked some settings and got most of this sorted, but the sluggishness of the Mini convinced me to dial back to the 1080p-setting which actually is pretty decent.

    Still considering the Thunderbolt/external GPU, though. It's rather sparse 4k-content from other sources as of yet, and the Mini is my HTPC of choice.
     
  12. Meister Suspended

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    I couldn't get 3840x2160 via switchers with my rmbp.
     
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    goyingus macrumors newbie

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    I can do 4k@60 on bootcamp, through DP, without ANY modification on the second tier Mac Mini 2014. They LOCK refresh-rate through OS X to 'force' you to buy an iMac, and apparently do -or at least did- it with Macbooks too, so that you'll buy a MB Pro. This is the last piece of hardware i'll buy from them.
     
  14. opeter macrumors 65816

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    What about using Thurderbolt 2 and and eGPU case + cheap Radeon graphic card under High Sierra?
    Would this work? Yes/No?

    Is the eGPU not supported through Thunderbolt 2?
     
  15. Fishrrman macrumors G4

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    OP:

    If you really want to get into 4k, the Mini -is not- the Mac you should be looking at.

    Instead, look at iMacs (both 4k and 5k), and MacBook Pro's.

    Minis that can do 4k as it should be done may be "in the pipeline", but they're not here yet, and no one (except those who aren't talking) knows exactly when they'll arrive.

    That's really all that needs to be said about this topic...
     
  16. Cloudsurfer macrumors 65816

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    Your best bet at 4K with the mini is getting an external GPU. At which point you could rather just get a 4K iMac or a pc.
     
  17. fricotin macrumors regular

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    Which one would you suggest ? That’s all I would need it to for.
     
  18. krause734 macrumors 6502

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    The Intel NUC is comparable to the Mini only it doesn't have ancient hardware.
     
  19. MarkJames68 macrumors regular

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    I’d wait until the NUC 8 comes out, i3 should have a quad core.
     
  20. krause734 macrumors 6502

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    PCPartPicker is also a great resource for building exactly what you want with room to expand.
     
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    Get a $200 Nvidia Shield TV. I detest the android environment but it works.
     

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