Best monitor connection for new Mini.

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  1. Robejazz macrumors member

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    Hi All,

    I just treated myself to the new 2018 Mac Mini… I went for the the i5, 8 GB and 256. I have a question about the monitor. I have the LG 4K monitor, is it best to use the HDMI cable, or the thunderbolt cable that I use with my MacBook Pro? Are used thunderbolt 3 from my MacBook Pro to the monitor. Or is HDMI superior ?

    Thanks!
     
  2. archer75 macrumors 68020

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    Either will work. HDMI because you have an HDMI port and won't have to tie up a thunderbolt/USB-C port.
     
  3. Robejazz thread starter macrumors member

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    Got it, Thanks for the quick reply! You're saying they are equal in terms of quality?? Any advantage to HDMI?? I never tried HDMI
     
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  5. archer75 macrumors 68020

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    Sound. Older versions of HDMI such as 1.4 couldn't do 4k at 60hz but newer versions can. Just plug it in a give it a go!
     
  6. Stephen.R macrumors 65816

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    You get sound with DisplayPort too.
     
  7. Fishrrman macrumors P6

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    OP:
    You didn't tell us WHAT YEAR your MacBook Pro is.
    That's important information.

    Just to clarify -- IF it's a 2015 or earlier MBP.

    The cable you use with the 2015 and earlier MacBook Pro is not "a thunderbolt" cable.
    Rather, it's a minidisplayport (mac end) to displayport (or whatever the other end is).

    And I don't think that kind of cable will work with a 2018 Mini.

    Instead, you'll need a:
    USB-c (Mac end) to displayport (display end) cable/adapter.

    Something like this:
    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B...452886bad0d803204e9f3eedc60f90&language=en_US

    If you want to use the Mini's HDMI port, you'll need:
    - A USB-c (Mac end) to HDMI 2.0 cable/adapter (the 2.0 is important)
    and
    - A "high speed" HDMI 2.0 capable connecting cable.

    The USB-c to minidisplayport connection will work the best, in my opinion.

    ALSO BE AWARE:
    (and this, too, is important)
    SOME (not all, but some) USB-c to displayport cable/adapters that worked with 2016 MacBook Pros DO NOT WORK with 2017 and later MBP's.
    I'm going to take a -guess- that the same issue applies to the 2018 Mini.
    Again -- what year is your MBP?
     
  8. archer75 macrumors 68020

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    Perhaps i'm not quite understand but you don't need a USB-C adapter. Just an HDMI cable as the mini has an HDMI port. Straight to the monitor. That's what I use. Monoprice permium certified HDMI cable end to end.
     
  9. gusping macrumors 6502a

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    I have an LG 4K display and USB-C to DisplayPort doesn't always work. Tried many cables so it's not that, and my 2014 MBP works fine with TB2 to DisplayPort. May have to return my Mac mini :(
     
  10. Robejazz thread starter macrumors member

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  11. kamuix macrumors regular

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    I've used both display port and usb-c on my LG 4K HDR monitor and they both work well for me. The only thing I didn't try was HDMI. This is going from usb-c on my mac mini.
    However, before I got my monitor I was trying to use HDMI -> HDMI with my mac mini and predator x34 100 hz monitor. That gave me issues, but then I realized it was due the older HDMI port. When I used display port, it was fine.
    So, HDMI is a good option, but it also depends what type of port you have. My predator was rocking HDMI 1.4.
     

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