MBP with external 120hz monitor?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by frijec, Mar 2, 2011.

  1. frijec macrumors member

    Oct 21, 2008
    I have had my mbp 2008 unibody for quite a while now, and it has always annoyed me that I could not use my Samsung 233RZ 120hz properly with it, since I only had a DVI-D Single link adapter. The reason behind this is I think that paying 100€ for a dual link adapter is a little bit over the edge.

    So now I tried this product instead that claim it is a Mini display to DVI-D Dual link cable, but it still doesn't work for me.

    And I even read on the apple website from users that their dual link adapter doesn't even ensure 120hz capability. Is this really true?

    I don't want to discuss wether my eye can even see the difference between 60hz and 120hz, because I can. It is very noticeable.
  2. frijec thread starter macrumors member

    Oct 21, 2008
    Am I really the only one in this world wanting to utilize a 120hz monitor with my macbook pro? :eek:
  3. Detrius macrumors 68000

    Sep 10, 2008
    Asheville, NC
    Yes, because the entire world visits this forum within a 24 hour period.
  4. frijec thread starter macrumors member

    Oct 21, 2008
    This place is not really the only source I have tried.

    Tech forum, Apple discussion board, product comments, tech guys, local apple store, just to name a few.

    I have yet to find someone that can give me a solution as to how I can use my 120hz monitor properly :(
  5. Detrius macrumors 68000

    Sep 10, 2008
    Asheville, NC
    According to this thread, the limitation is basically the data rate that the port is capable of sustaining, which matches up with the fact that older CRT-based monitors could easily do 120Hz or higher at lower resolutions.

    Soooo... try a lower resolution, and see if that works.
  6. boymature macrumors newbie

    Jun 26, 2009

    ive searched alot for a solution to this aswell...

    im looking to buy a 120hz external monitor, but cant see the use of it if i cant go 120hz.
  7. jasmine84 macrumors member


    May 16, 2007
    Toronto ON
    I just bought a 120Hz LCD TV because it apparently shows fast motion better than 60HZ TVs... but my Mac will only connect it at 60Hz! And when I played LOTR on DVD, and Soul Surfer HD in iTunes, the video skipped every few minutes :( Advice on how to fix this??? Did I waste my money getting a 120Hz TV??
  8. kfergiez macrumors 6502


    Jul 5, 2010
    With 120Hz monitors, they accept a 60Hz input, then double it. Good luck finding a computer that outputs a refresh rate of 120Hz.
  9. mouthster macrumors regular

    Apr 22, 2005
    Video cards have been outputting refresh rates above 60Hz for quite some time, how do you think CRT's worked ???

    Wish I had seen this thread sooner to help the OP but my early-2008 MPB (non-unibody!) is able to drive my Viewsonic VX2268WM (very similar to the OP's samsung) at 120Hz. You can tell the difference when dragging windows.

    I used the cable that was bundled with the monitor. All I had to do is change the refresh rate in System Prefs / Displays.

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