mDP & thunderbolt

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by jgbr, Jan 24, 2013.

  1. jgbr macrumors 6502a

    Sep 14, 2007

    I have a new 27inch monitor arriving soon.

    I can not get a conclusive answer on it.

    Dell inform the mini display port on the back of the monitor is the latest version but I am wondering about how i connect it to the thunderbolt port on the rMBP or MBA? Shall i just buy a thunderbolt cable or or mDP cable?

    Not sure which way to go.
  2. Anonymous Freak macrumors 603

    Anonymous Freak

    Dec 12, 2002
    If the display is only a DisplayPort display (no Thunderbolt at all,) then use just a DisplayPort cable.
  3. Giuly macrumors 68040


  4. jgbr thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Sep 14, 2007
    Thats the issue

    the display port will be used by my mac pro on a mini display port to display port.

    That only leaves DVI or MDP in.

    So do i get a thunderbolt cable or mini display port cable
  5. linds15 macrumors 6502a

    Oct 16, 2012
    Great White North
    if you are using the mini display port on your monitor for a different computer, you will have to use another input, what does thunderbolt have to do with any of this?
  6. jgbr thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Sep 14, 2007

    Mac Pro is linked via mDP to DP.

    So laptops can only go thunderbolt to Mini DisplayPort

    I am asking what cable I need to get? Thunderbolt cable or just a mini display port cable. I only have thunderbolt on laptops and due to size of monitor HDMI etc wont drive up to the resoruon I want.
  7. g4cube macrumors 6502a

    Apr 22, 2003
    If you are connecting a display that has an mDP connector, to a laptop that has a Thunderbolt connector, you only need an inexpensive mDP to mDP cable. You don't need a Thunderbolt cable.
  8. jgbr thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Sep 14, 2007
    Out of curiosity could I use a thunderbolt cable?
  9. paulrbeers macrumors 68040

    Dec 17, 2009
    No idea, but why would you want to spend $40 when you could spend $5?

    Obviously this is if your are in the US. But the same should be true for just about any country. Why buy an expensive cable with active signal processors when all you need is a "dumb" cable....

    By the way, thanks for pointing out the Dell has both a Displayport and a Mini-displayport. I might really have to consider a couple of these going forward.

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