New Mac Pro want to use old LED display

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by Macpaultx, Sep 27, 2018.

  1. Macpaultx macrumors newbie

    Sep 27, 2018
    Hiya fellas,

    Some folks I work with are upgrading their old G4 desktops and are getting a couple of new Mac Pro six Core 3.5's. I am trying to figure out if it is possible for them to use their Apple LED Cinema Displays. I know the displays have mini DisplyPorts, and the Mac Pro has the thunderbolt 2 and an HDMI port. They are graphic designers. I tried to talk them into laptops, but their boss doesn't want laptops walking off.

    It is my understanding that although the LED display can be plugged in to the thunderbolt 2 port, it is not compatible. Is there a cable adapter that would work? Or am I off base here?

    Thanks so much for your help,

  2. chrfr macrumors 604

    Jul 11, 2009
    It seems imprudent to buy 5 year old Mac Pros today with the new "modular" Mac coming around the corner especially when it seems that the organization does not prioritize keeping up with upgrades.
    If these are the old displays with the ADC connector that came out 18-19 years ago when the G4 was new, they will not work. They're also not worth using when modern displays are so much better, for so little money.
  3. Macpaultx thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 27, 2018
    Thanks for the reply,

    I agree about buying a machine that will be out of date, but these guys can't wait.

    The Apple LED Cinema Displays are about 5 years old. AMD Radeon HD 6750M 512 MB graphics to be exact.
  4. chrfr macrumors 604

    Jul 11, 2009
    They weren't using G4s, then, so you've got some confusing information in your post.
    The 24/27" LED Cinema displays with the mini Displayport connector are fully compatible with the 2013 Mac Pro.
    It's not that the current Mac Pro "will be" out of date, it has been out of date for several years. The iMac Pro is a much better computer and a better value.
  5. Macpaultx thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 27, 2018
    You are correct, they are running a couple of G5's.

    Thanks for the info, VERY MUCH APPRECIATED!
  6. chrfr macrumors 604

    Jul 11, 2009
    Even the G5 wouldn't work with those displays so they're likely just older Mac Pros, which makes the idea of upgrading them to "new" Mac Pros make even less sense.
    Edit: the Radeon 6750M is a MacBook Pro (portable) GPU, so I have no idea what computers we're talking about. Did you mean MacBook Pro?

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