New 15" Macbook Pro - Mini Display Port Adapter?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Ryan0751, Nov 28, 2016.

  1. Ryan0751 macrumors regular

    Nov 4, 2013
    So I just received my brand new 15" late-2016 Macbook Pro and I want to use this with my Dell UP3216Q 4K 32" display.

    I had purchased ahead of time the Apple USB-C to Thunderbolt 2 adapter. Annoyingly, it doesn't work with the mini-displayport cable I have connected to the monitor. I've since read that this adapter doesn't work with mini-displayport. Fine, but it's pretty annoying that the packaging for the adapter has this vague picture showing a monitor connected to it (apparently it only works with the ancient TB displays)... In any case, it's fine, I have a bunch of TB2 drives and still need the adapter.

    I also have the Apple AV Multi Adapter. This has HDMI, so I'm able to use my monitor in 4K, but only at 30Hz (which is pretty annoying).

    So I need some solution to connect up the monitor (displayport, or mini-displayport) to this laptop. Anyone have any recommendations?

    I have a pre-order in for the OWC USB-C dock (which has a mini-displayport), but it won't be available until February. There seems to be bunch of generic adapters and docks on Amazon, but I really don't to risk buying something that won't work flawlessly.
  2. josephg macrumors newbie


    Nov 21, 2016
    I've got both of the USB-C to displayport adapters from monoprice (the adapter and the usbc-to-DP cable). They both work fine with the 4k display (although it takes ~10 seconds for the monitor to be detected and turn on sometimes). Right now my setup is this: ... with a displayport-to-minidisplayport cable connecting to the monitor itself. (The direct cable is this one - but beware the cable is very short.)

    The monoprice HDMI adapter only works at 30hz in 4k. I recommend going down the DP route.

    Oh, and this is connected to a 13" tbMBP
  3. curmudgeonette macrumors 6502

    Jan 28, 2016
    Do any of those drives have a Thunderbolt daisy chain output? If so, the TB controller in the drive should be able to extract a Displayport signal from the TB stream and send it out the downstream port as a DP signal.

    Edit: Just noticed you have a 4K display. The above might not work, or the display may be limited to lower resolutions.
  4. steve-p macrumors 68000


    Oct 14, 2008
    Newbury, UK
  5. Ryan0751 thread starter macrumors regular

    Nov 4, 2013
    Hmm, interesting. After exhaustive searching I'm trying out the "Cable Matters" USB-C to DisplayPort adapter, and then a DisplayPort cable.

    My 4K display is on a HumanScale monitor arm, and I also have my new macbook on a stand attached to another arm. A 6 foot cable (and definitely not a 3 foot cable) isn't going to be long enough for me to snake it down through the cable management on one arm, and back up through the other arm.

    I really need 10 feet, and it seems like the only option right now is to go with an adapter and DP cable.
  6. Ryan0751 thread starter macrumors regular

    Nov 4, 2013

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