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  1. cclloyd macrumors 68000

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    Browing Newegg for a monitor. When it says it has a Displayport, do they mean mini Displayport that plugs into my MBP, or is it a different connector?
     
  2. MacUser2525 macrumors 68000

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    Most likely they mean the normal display port it is larger to connect to it, you will again most likely need the mini display port to display port cable type. Most times on their site they have many pictures that show every angle look to see if they have closeup of the port connections to be sure.
     
  3. jkeekij macrumors regular

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    It is a different connector. I have attached a picture for reference.
     

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  4. cclloyd thread starter macrumors 68000

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    I know DisplayPort is a different connector. More what I'm asking is if they actually mean DisplayPort or MiniDisplayPort.
     
  5. ColdCase macrumors 68030

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    If the monitor spec says display port, its the larger connector. If the specs say mini, then its the smaller. Typically monitors that have display port interfaces come with the larger display port connector.

    Often the monitor data sheet will have a drawing which will illustrate the connector types.
     
  6. flynz4 macrumors 68040

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    You can use a mini-display port to displayport cable. It has a full size display port on one end, and a minidisplay port on the other side.

    I just used one yesterday to connect a staff member's Lenovo X1-Carbon to her Dell U2711 monitor. It worked great at full 2560X1440 resolution. The store that I went to (PCH Cables) had them in 3', 6' 10' and 15' lengths. The 6' cable was under $7.

    /Jim
     
  7. cclloyd thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Even weirder, I looked at the manual for a monitor, and it said it had 2 displayport, but the drawing showed 1 normal and 1 mini.

    Anyways, I just wen't with a DVI monitor and bought a mini DP to DVI cable on Amazon.
     
  8. flynz4 macrumors 68040

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    Be careful.

    Regular DVI is only about 1/2 the bandwidth of dual link DVI. If your monitor is only a low res 1920X1080... then no issue. However, if you are getting a 2560X1440 or 2560X1600 high res monitor... a regular mini display port to DVI cable will probably not support your full resolution. Instead, you will need an active mini-display port to dual-link DVI cable. Apple sells a pretty good one... but it is about $100.

    /Jim
     
  9. cclloyd thread starter macrumors 68000

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    This is the monitor I'm getting

    I am pretty sure it's dual link, but it is only 1080p. I hope it is too, otherwise I'm going to have to return that cable, because it was a dual link one.
     
  10. MisterMe macrumors G4

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    The monitor that you linked to is a 1920 x 1080 HDTV-resolution display that explicitly does not support DisplayPort--mini or otherwise. It does, however, support single-link DVI. Not only does it support VGA, it ships with a VGA cable.
     
  11. flynz4 macrumors 68040

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    Your monitor is single link DVI. Your dual link cable may work.

    Your monitor does NOT support DVI w/analog signals. If the cable has analog pins (in the end of the DVI cable with the --- ) then it cannot be plugged into your monitor. However... I would be very surprised if your cable has the older analog pins... so you are probably OK.

    /Jim
     
  12. cclloyd thread starter macrumors 68000

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    The cable
     
  13. flynz4 macrumors 68040

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    That is a single link DVI cable. It should be compatible with your new monitor.

    /Jim
     
  14. rabidz7 macrumors 65816

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    Look for a 1050p or 1200p monitor to benefit from a 16:10 aspect ratio.
     
  15. cclloyd thread starter macrumors 68000

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    I looked but all the 16:10 were quite a bit more expensive. I just wen't with a 16:9 for the meantime. Maybe when I have more I'll get a good monitor.
     
  16. Jedi2500 macrumors newbie

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    Korean IPS with DisplayPort, Macbook Air compatibility

    I'm thinking of buying one of the Korean 2560x1440 displays for my 2013 Macbook Air and I really don't want to shell out an extra 70-100 bucks for a dual link DVI adapter. Most of those monitors only have DVI inputs but I found some that have DisplayPort as well.

    If I get a Thunderbolt to DP cable would I be able to use it with my MBA at 1440p with a monitor like this? http://www.ebay.com/itm/130933197737
     
  17. paulrbeers macrumors 68040

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    Yes. If you buy one of the Korean panels for use on a Mac then you want one with DP like this one has. Then all you need is a cheap Displayport to Mini-displayport cable that can be bought anywhere...

    http://www.monoprice.com/products/subdepartment.asp?c_id=102&cp_id=10246&cs_id=1024606

    http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_n...ps&rh=i:aps,k:displayport to mini displayport
     
  18. Jedi2500 macrumors newbie

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    Awesome. I'm also going to use the same monitor for my Xbox One. I'm going to hook it up using the HDMI cable that comes with it. There shouldn't be any letterboxing either in the Xbox UI or while playing games, right?
     

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