Mid 2009 MBP & Dell U2713HM (2560x1400)

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  1. lieb39 macrumors 6502

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    Hello everyone,

    Can't seem to get a clear answer for this question.. I have a Mid 2009 Macbook Pro (2.66GHz, 8GB, NVIDIA GeForce 9600M GT 256MB) and I'm looking at a Dell U2713HM (27" Monitor) that supports up to 2560x1400. Now the question - can my computer support this, and what cable do I need? I obviously want to take advantage of the full resolution here.

    Apologies if this has been answered already, I couldn't find it..

    Thanks!
     
  2. mcb001982 macrumors regular

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    Your MBP will push that resolution fine, get a mini display port to dvi connector and use a dvi video cable.
     
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    Either that one or the one I added at the end of my previous reply. None of these cables require Thunderbolt. They will work fine on your 2009 MBP.
     
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    Thank you very much :)
     
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    i am also thinking of this option
    have you purchased the dell U2713HM

    does the usb3 work via hub on the monitor?
     
  11. lieb39 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I purchased it - works perfectly.

    Unsure if the USB3 works, as I have a Macbook Pro with USB2 only. I can confirm it works as USB2 hub for me :)

    Thanks
     
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    thanks

    the TB connection will work similar to a PCIexpress thus should not matter if you only have usb2. Similar to if i got a usb3 expresscard for my 2011 17"MBP

    do you have any usb3 peripherals/equipment you could test?

    thanks again

    Johnny
     
  13. nurivo macrumors member

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    The Dell isn't Thunderbolt, it is DisplayPort with a separate USB connection. And therefor limited to whatever the USB port on the host computer is capable of.
     
  14. Freyqq macrumors 68040

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    use displayport-mini-displayport cable (~$10) OR
    use dual-link DVI-displayport adapter and a dual-link dvi cable (~$99 for adapter and $20 for cable)

    VERDICT: displayport is cheaper and better

    also, to clear up apparent confusion here, a thunderbolt port is basically a PCIe x4 connection and a displayport v1.1 connection wrapped into one port. So, thunderbolt = displayport, but displayport /= thunderbolt.
     

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