Any alternatives to Apple's multiport adapter that supports 4K @ 60Hz

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  1. TigerMSTR macrumors regular

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    I've purchased a Dell P2415 monitor. I was planning to use Apple's multiport adapter to connect to the monitor, as (I thought) it had all the features I wanted:
    - Older style USB connector (necessary to connect to the monitor's built-in USB 3.0 hub
    - HDMI
    - USB-C pass through charging.

    This would have allowed me to connect to the monitor, and my USB accessories, via a single USB-C port on my 2017 MacBook Pro

    Unfortunately, Apple's adapter does not support HDMI 2.0, meaning it can only output 4K at 30 Hz. Does anyone have a comparable solution that can output at 60 Hz?
     
  2. FelixII macrumors regular

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    I ran into a similar issue and didn't find an all-in-one adapter that supports 4K @ 60Hz. I've also tried a USB-C to HDMI cable, which didn't work reliably. I'm now using a USB-C to Mini Display Port adapter and a separate hub for power and USB devices.
     
  3. TigerMSTR thread starter macrumors regular

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    Can you share which hub and mini display port adapter you're using?
     
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    What would I need to get my 13" nTB MBP doing 144hz on my 1440p Dell monitor? Just DisplayPort?
     
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  8. TigerMSTR, Jul 12, 2017
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    TigerMSTR thread starter macrumors regular

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    I've finally found a solution, that'll work in my case

    The HyperDrive USB Type-C hub with Mini DisplayPort supports 4K video @60 Hz, with USB-C pass-through charging and two USB 2.0 ports

    https://www.hypershop.com/products/hyperdrive-usb-type-c-hub-with-mini-displayport

    This'll allow me to connect my Dell P2415 4k monitor at full 60 Hz refresh rate and my USB accessories and charge my laptop, while occupying only one USB-C port on the MacBook Pro. Assuming the product works as advertised, this look like the ideal solution for 4K monitors + USB accessories while occupying only a single port on the MBP.

    Caution that this adapter only supports USB 2.0 speeds. That's not an issue for me, but if you need full USB 3.0 speeds, you'll have to use the second USB-C port on the MBP

    Edit: USB-C and HDMI interoperability is really flakey across the industry, according to my research. If your monitor supports DisplayPort, you really should use that.

    Edit 2: This will not support the Apple Thunderbolt Display. That display is only compatible with Thunderbolt inputs (this adapter does not output Thunderbolt)

    Also, I suspect the HyperDrive might be too large to be plugged in without obstructing the other USB-C port on the MBP. If that's the case, you'll need to purchase a USB-C male-to-female extension cable, to avoid blocking the other port.

    @FelixII, this might interest you.
    --- Post Merged, Jul 12, 2017 ---
    Here's a demo:

    it doesn't obstruct the second USB-C port on the MBP, although it looks like a tight fit still. And that wobbling makes me nervous. I'll probably connect this using a USB-C male to female adapter to negate this concern.
     

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