Late 2013 Macbook Pro Retina with 4K TV as monitor

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  1. ramus88 macrumors newbie

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    Hey guys, I know next to nothing about setting up 4K and I would like to ask you guys for some advice.

    I just purchased 40" Samsung UN40KU6290 4K UHD HDR Smart LED HDTV (http://www.rtings.com/tv/reviews/samsung/ku6300).

    I have late 2013 Macbook Pro Retina 15 inch, which is supposed to support 4K at 60Hz if using MST.

    How exactly do you set this up? I tried reading up on this but with my limited basic knowledge, I can't even comprehend what is going on...

    If anyone could simplify things and tell me what cable I should buy to connect which port on my Macbook with which port on the TV, that would be amazing.

    Do I need to buy special cable or adapter? The TV seems to have HDMI port only. Can I just hook up my Thunderbolt 2 to the TV's HDMI using any HDMI cable?

    Thank you so much in advance!
     
  2. ramus88 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Bump, anyone?

    Do I just buy 2 Thunderbolt 2 to HDMI 2.0 connection and stick both cables into my Macbook and TV? Do I need to buy "active" adapter whatever that is?

    Any help would be appreciated!
     
  3. priitv8, Nov 21, 2016
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    priitv8 macrumors 68020

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    I don't think you will get it working like this.
    MST is a DisplayPort feature, and your TV does not have DP.
    Your TV supports 4K@60Hz over HDMI 2.0
    Alas, your MacBook supports only 4K@30Hz over HDMI 1.4b
    https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT206587
    Even if you convert 2 Thunderbolt ports to 2 HDMI ports, your telly will not know to merge the signals in MST-style.
    PS If you read the above Apple document closely, dual-cable display setup is supported by iMac (Retina 5K, 27-inch, Late 2014) and later and Mac Pro (Late 2013) - ditto nothing for MacBooks here.
     
  4. ramus88 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks for your reply. What if I bought DisplayPort to HDMI 2.0 adapter and connected Macbook with the TV using HDMI 2.0 cable? Would I still be limited to 4K at 30Hz?
     
  5. priitv8, Nov 21, 2016
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    priitv8 macrumors 68020

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