Can I use an old (2009) MacbookPro with a 4k Monitor ?

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  1. toknormal macrumors newbie

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    Hi !

    I'm Looking at this monitor but I have quite a dated MBP (2009 solidbody with Mini Display Port): LG 27UD68-W

    https://www.amazon.co.uk/LG-27UD68-W-Ultra-White-display/dp/B01AN14SEO

    I read on another blog that the monitor has a menu option (OSD Menu) to switch it into 2560x1440 which is what I'm using with my old Dell Ultra 1127 that's now packed in.

    Does anyone know if this is a workable configuration ? Will it be blurry etc ?

    GPU in the MacbookPro is NVIDIA GeForce 9400M 256 MB

    Many thanks for any advice !
     
  2. thesaint024 macrumors 6502a

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    The 09 cannot drive the 4k at native resolution. I tried this. It downscales and looks like s**t. It will run your 2560x1440 resolution, but chances are good that it won't look as good as a monitor with that native resolution. I didn't try the Dell 4k, but I did try an ASUS. I did run the 09 on my current Dell 3440x1440 and it looks niiice. Not 4k nice, but everything is bigger so it's good for my uses.
     
  3. toknormal thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks for that @thesaint024

    I thought it might not downscale too well but I was wondering if the 27UD68 might do ok since it had a specific OSD menu option for 2560x1440.

    Doesn't have to last too long. I was in the market 6 months ago for a new MacbookPro but baulked at the prices so I'm still on the original. Will have to upgrade at some point.
     
  4. thesaint024 macrumors 6502a

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    I just can't see how downscaling will work well. Maybe I'm doing the math wrong, but every other pixel will have to be split somehow? But maybe the Dell is worth a try. Not sure about the return policy. If you only need to live with the resolution for a few months, maybe you can deal. It just wasn't good enough for me long term, but could be for you, temporarily. Hope it works out.
     
  5. mastermind6192 macrumors member

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    In a sense if the monitor works on a lower resolution that's great, but if your Mac can't support 4k why bother. You can get a non 4k monitor for a lot cheaper and have if function just the same. Unless you're planning on buying a new Mac soon there really isn't an advantage.
     
  6. Grolubao macrumors 65816

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    I have a 2014 and it didn't run 4k smoothly since there was no dedicated graphic. In other words, forget about it
     
  7. toknormal, Jan 5, 2017
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    toknormal thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Actually I'm finding the 4k monitors far better value than the Ultras (2560x1440). It's hard to find an ultra under £400/$500 and that also appears to be the price range of a load of great performance 4k mons. Right now I'm looking at these which are all in the $400/$500 region and are not 4k.

    Acer H277HU kmipuz 27-Inch IPS WQHD (IPS Panel)
    - Expensive for 60 Hz WQHD ?
    - Has MacbookPro Reviews, good
    - USB-C Passthrough (Charges the MacbookPro)

    Acer XG270HU omidpx 27-inch (TN Panel)
    Samsung 32” WQHD LED
    ViewSonic VX2778-SMHD

    Whereas check this amazing looking 4k LG monitor for only EU 482 (£411).

    https://www.macnificos.com/lg-27ud68-w-monitor-27-4k-srgb-99-uhd?gclid=CJiO2867q9ECFQoo0wod56QI2w

    However, I just discovered this alarming review so it looks like I'm definitely in the market for a dedicated 2560x1440 job:

    https://www.amazon.com/LG-Electronics-27UD88-W-LED-Lit-Monitor/product-reviews/B01CDYB0QS

     

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