Display for Mac Pro / old just died :(

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by tarsierspectral, Dec 21, 2016.

  1. tarsierspectral macrumors regular

    Aug 13, 2010
    My 30" cinema display just died and I need to get a new monitor for my late 2013 Mac Pro computer. It has AMD FirePro D500 3072MB graphic card. I'm so out of touch with displays as I had my cinema display for over 10 years and I don't know what would be compatible with my Mac Pro. Can you guys recommend something? I'm looking for something in the same size 27-30". Let's say $$ is not an issue. I just want to get the best my graphic card will support. I do a lot of video and photo work.

  2. Ph.D. macrumors 6502

    Jul 8, 2014
    Take a look at LG's 27UD88-W. It's a 4k display, has HDMI, Display Port and USB-C as inputs. The incorporation of USB-C gives it some flexibility for the future, as it will work with and charge Apple's latest laptops on the USB-C input. In your case, you would use a mini-DP (thunderbolt port) output with either a mini-DP to DP cable (best) or a simple mini-DP to DP adaptor.
  3. PortableLover macrumors 6502a

    Apr 14, 2012
    U2715H Which is 99% adobe srgb.

    Or UP3216Q dell if you would like a larger screen and 4k.
  4. nigelbb macrumors 65816

    Dec 22, 2012
    I used a 30" screen (HP LP3065) for about 8 years before I upgraded to a 4K screen & took the opportunity to get a 40" screen as the pixel density isn't far off that of a 30" screen. My Philips BDM4065UC was great value at about £500 ($620). This model has been superseded by a 43" model which is also around the same price.
  5. briloronmacrumo macrumors 6502


    Jan 25, 2008
    FWIW: the new LG UltraFine 5K Display can be used at 4K with the Mac Pro but there are apparently some limitations ( see MacRumor's post yesterday and this Apple document )
  6. Ph.D., Dec 21, 2016
    Last edited: Dec 21, 2016

    Ph.D. macrumors 6502

    Jul 8, 2014
    You might look at this one too, if you somehow have the option of waiting (could be a while):


    It's 32", 4k, with DCI-P3 and HDR10 (high dynamic range). For the moment, it's unclear what inputs it has aside from a confirmed USB-C port with charging ability. However, HDMI DP are very likely given its market.

    There's also this, available now. It's 31", 4k (for real: 4096 x 2160), sRGB, with many port options including mini display port:


    Your computer can also handle a few 5k displays using two cables, but I have no experience with those.
  7. Daniel Reed, Dec 21, 2016
    Last edited: Dec 21, 2016

    Daniel Reed macrumors 6502

    Daniel Reed

    Sep 9, 2016
    San Francisco
    If you don't need "the best" or want a good-enough GUI monitor (to go along with 4K preview/client display)


    Buy another used one for $150-300: http://www.ebay.com/sch/Monitors/80053/i.html?_sop=15&_nkw=apple cinema display 30&_dcat=80053&rt=nc&_mPrRngCbx=1&_udlo=100&_udhi

    For a bit more, buy a used Thunderbolt display for $500-650 (your nMP will recognize it as a 10-bit monitor): http://www.ebay.com/sch/Monitors/80053/i.html?_udlo=400&_sop=15&_mPrRngCbx=1&_from=R40&LH_BIN=1&_nkw=apple thunderbolt display&_dcat=80053&rt=nc&_udhi

    My main creative setup uses two Thunderbolt Displays for GUI + 55" preview monitor

    There's a 4K 3840 x 2160 LG for $350 on B&H (no thunderbolt, not true 10-bit, 8 + FRC):

    For about $700 there's an UltraWide LG thunderbolt 3440 x 1440 some like (not true 10-bit, 8 + FRC):

    For color preview & client monitoring (99% of the $50K Sony):
    - LG Electronics OLED65B6P Flat 65-Inch 4K Ultra HD Smart OLED TV (2016 Model)

    There is also an 55" of the above LG thats about $1K less; however,
    LG is expected to announce new OLED models at CES next month.

    To feed HDR/rec.2020 to your preview monitor from nMP:
    - DeckLink Mini Monitor 4K (HDMI 2.0a pcie card in a thunderbolt enclosure of your choice)

    There more expensive options for HDR/Rec.2020 but with probes the mini is fine
  8. JesterJJZ macrumors 68020


    Jul 21, 2004
    Check to make sure if it's your monitor that died or the power supply. My 30" is going strong, but the power brick is starting to fail. From time to time it makes chirping sounds and I need to unplug and replug it in to get the monitor to work.
  9. tarsierspectral thread starter macrumors regular

    Aug 13, 2010
    Thanks everyone for your replies. That's a lot of options you gave me, so thank you.
    JesterJJZ it's not a power supply. The monitor powers just fine it's that I have wide white stripes all over the screen as well as faded corners. I plugged in another computer to the screen and it's the same so I know it's not the graphics card.
    The strange thing is that this morning the display looks fine but I do experience ghosting all over so if I have a window open for a while and then close the window a ghost of it will be visible for a while but eventually goes away. So I'm using the display again but need to know my option as I feel I will need a new one soon.

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