New Mac Mini and 30 inch cinema display 2560x1600

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by TechViking, Mar 3, 2009.

  1. TechViking macrumors regular

    Mar 3, 2009
    So I have been waiting for the new mac mini with the nvidia graphics so I can use it with my 30 inch cinema display.

    Now since it does not come with standard dvi anymore, but with minidvi and minidisplay port, it needs the minidisplay port to dual link dvi adapter to be used with the 30 inch cinema display. That's another $99 on top of the already overpriced mini.

    My question: does the adapter actually work ok now? I have read so many posts about problems with the adapter on this and other boards.

    Should I get the new mac mini plus the adapter?

    The mac pro is looking more and more attractive allthough I dont need the extra power, all I really want is a mac that works with a 30 inch display.
  2. Cooltune macrumors newbie

    May 26, 2009
    Any news about his yet?

    Does anybody have an answer to this? Reading all the negative reviews on the apple site, worried me. I am refraining from buying this dual link cable, until I know for certain that the problems are solved with the Mac Mini 2009.

    One of the complaints was that the screen times out every now and then. This is unacceptable in my book. I have the feeling buying the 30 incher ACD was the worst mistake of my life!
  3. NRose8989 macrumors 6502a

    Feb 6, 2008
  4. Spanky Deluxe macrumors 601

    Spanky Deluxe

    Mar 17, 2005
    London, UK
    I think the only way you're going to get an answer to this question is to buy one and try it out. Remember that most people only give feedback and report online if stuff doesn't work, which could explain all the negative reviews on the Apple site. I remember hearing someone say on here that it worked great for them.

    Looking at the feedback on the page, its got 6 reviews, 3 of which give it 5 stars and say its perfect, 3 give 1 star. Two of the three are using Dell screens but then one of the positive feedback is also a Dell screen. Interestingly, one of the 1 star feedbacks say that they get "noise on black parts of the screen" - which is *exactly* the same problem I've had with my 30" ACD when using anything longer than a 0.5m dvi extension cable and my Mac Pro (no adapter).

    Anyway, if it were only about £20 then I'd happily get one to test it out. I've got a 2009 Mac Mini and a 2008 Unibody 15" MBP that I could test it out with. Alas, £68 is a bit much for me to spend on a "just in case my Mac Pro fails" situation. :(
  5. Cooltune macrumors newbie

    May 26, 2009
    aw well

    At least it got the discussion rolling again. I'm afraid the only way is actually buying that damn cable.

    I'm gonna check if I can purchase this thing in the US, cause European prices are borderline ridiculous. €99 ?! That's like (*grabs currency widget:) $138.50 for a cable that doesn't even work properly. It's like they don't want us to buy it or something.:mad:
  6. Spanky Deluxe macrumors 601

    Spanky Deluxe

    Mar 17, 2005
    London, UK
    Even at the UK Higher Education price of £60.95 (€70), its still too much. If it had been half that then I maybe would have bitten.
  7. Thermonuclear macrumors 6502

    May 23, 2009
    I have a 30 inch Apple Cinema Display that will be three years old this October and I'm satisfied with its performance. It's connected to my Mac Pro and, unlike my seven year old 23 inch Apple CD, it has absolutely no stuck pixels.

    I'll make a guess and say that a revision to the 30 inch ACD is in the works and will be announced soon. The revision will include a speaker pair, possibly a camera, and most certainly a Display Port interface.
  8. kasakka macrumors 68020

    Oct 25, 2008
    Most likely a MINI-DisplayPort interface. Which sucks for those of us who have 30" screens with regular DisplayPort because Apple refuses to release an adapter for that.

    I'll be sticking to my Hackintosh until Apple gets their **** together.
  9. djc6 macrumors 6502a

    Aug 11, 2007
    Cleveland, OH
  10. kasakka macrumors 68020

    Oct 25, 2008
  11. plesset macrumors member

    Mar 23, 2004
    I am using a 2009 Mini with the adapter hooked up to a 30 inch Samsung monitor. I have been using it for about a week now and it seems to be working pretty well although I did experience the dreaded every 30 seconds screen flash. I rebooted and the problem has yet to surface again. All in all though I would say you should go for it. Its really nice to be done with my Hackintosh which I was using just to be able to hook it up to a 30 inch monitor.
  12. jb1280 macrumors 6502a

    Jan 13, 2009
    It would have been better to have built in display port instead of mini-display port. The adaptor to dual link DVI could have been cheaper, but to put it in perspective before mini-display port, to push out 2560x1600 on a mac you had to have at least a macbook pro or mac pro, or a machine that costs at least 3 times the price of the Mac Mini.

    I would say at a minimal, that it is a step in the right direction.
  13. Wicked1 macrumors 68040


    Apr 13, 2009
    New Jersey
    I have the 2009 Mini and have it connected to my Gateway 22" using the included Mini Display to DVI adapter, and not one bit of problems. There is one thing though but I know it is related to the Light and Ceiling Fan in the room is a flicker on the monitor like small lines, but I had that when the monitor was connected to my Windows "Gulp" PC that is now put to rest forever :D

    Good Luck :rolleyes:
  14. adolfgarlic macrumors newbie

    Oct 22, 2009
    Are the problems still there with the Oct20th 2009 mac mini?

    I'm on the verge of buying, specifically to use it with a 30" screen.

    If it doesn't work then I might get a windows7 machine instead :)
  15. DDave macrumors regular

    Oct 10, 2009
    If I were going to buy a mini to use with the 30 ACD i would go to the Apple store and have them show me that it did work. That's the easiest way. I've found them incredibly helpful. give it a try
  16. nick9191 macrumors 68040

    Feb 17, 2008
    The old Mac Mini never had Dual Link DVI so it could never drive 2560 x 1600 anyway. The March 09 Mini was the first Mini to be able to drive a 30" display (with a $99 adapter).
  17. lasuther macrumors 6502a

    Feb 13, 2004
    Grand Haven, Michigan
    Sell the 30", don't buy the mini, buy the quad 27" iMac. Resolution is about the same (2560x1440 to 2560x1600), it can be used as a external monitor, comes with Bluetooth keyboard and magic mouse, and it is a powerful quad core.
  18. California macrumors 68040


    Aug 21, 2004
    I'm running my 2.26 mini with the regular mini dvi to dvi connector... loss of resolution but happy. Am buying the 99 dollar adapter this weekend.
  19. boston04and07 macrumors 65816


    May 13, 2008
    Did you end up buying the adapter? How's it look? Can you get it up to 2560x1600 now? Sorry for all the questions :p
  20. ADent macrumors 6502a

    Sep 9, 2007
    Why? Aren't they electrically the same? If you need full size DP, why not buy the miniDP to DP adpater?
  21. hdworldmedia macrumors newbie

    Mar 9, 2010
    Mac Mini and Cinema display 30" screen

    Yes it does work ! I use the new MAC mini 2.53 GHZ, $ 99. 00 adapter and $ 14.00 Moshi 800 to 400 firewire pass through.. and Voila ... resolution 2560X1600 .. works fine .. or nearly as fine. do not enable screen saver .. there seems to be an issue with refresh as you get out of the "sleep" mode.. or a frequency proble, at any other time it works impecably. I use FCP studio 2 , aperture 3 and it is better than my G5 2.GHZ MAC PRO. ... so there you have it . The high end Mac mini is well worth it IF .. You have a screen, a key board and a mouse. otherwise, by the time you spend the display connector and moshi, a 21 " MAC is cheaper

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