Best option for using 30" Cinema Display (DVI) with Macbook Pro

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by Velmonk, Jun 2, 2014.

  1. Velmonk macrumors newbie

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    I've been trying to figure this out for a while now so I'm hoping someone can help/clarify.

    I have a 30" DVI Cinema Display that I want to use with my 2011 Macbook Pro. I know I can use an adaptor to use the Thunderbolt port but I also need to use a Thunderbolt audio interface and neither device has a 2nd TB port to daisy-chain them. As far as I can tell, my only option is to get a dock like the CalDigit or Elgato and get an HDMI>DVI adaptor so I can use the HDMI out of the dock for the display and the 2nd TB port for the audio interface.

    I'm wondering a few things:

    With this setup will the display operate at full resolution or will it only do that via the Dual link adaptor?

    Would a USB>DVI adaptor work?

    Is there any cheaper alternative options I'm missing?

    Thanks
     
  2. beavo451 macrumors 6502

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    I don't think any USB display adapters support that high of a resolution. Why do you need Thunderbolt audio?
     
  3. FreakinEurekan macrumors 68040

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    Basically - not gonna happen. The docks and all available USB>DVI adapters all max out at 1920x1200 or so. Your only option to get that kind of resolution on an external is a Thunderbolt Display, and plug your audio interface into the output of that. Or get a new MacBook Pro with two Thunderbolt ports.
     

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