nMP maxing display resolution

wheelhot

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Hey all!
My nMP status update has changed from 'Processing Items:' to 'Preparing for Shipment:' so I'm really excited, I wonder how long it'll take before it's shipped and my credit card has been charged.

Okay back to my title, to my understanding, HDMI max outputs up to 1920x1080 resolution. But I own a Dell U2711 with 2560 x 1440 resolution, what kind of cable do I need?

With my current MBP, the monitor is connected via a DVI cable.
 

razer

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Displayport (or mini displayport depending on your monitor) if your monitor has that connection?
 

A8NSLIDELUXE

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I think, via HDMI you can get up to 3840x2160 pixels, but only with 30Hz. 2560 x 1440 via DP is best for you.
 

wheelhot

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Hmm, but my monitor uses Display Port, is there an adapter for Mini Display Port to Display Port?

If I were to use DVI, I have to get those Dual Link DVI cables rite?

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I think, via HDMI you can get up to 3840x2160 pixels, but only with 30Hz. 2560 x 1440 via DP is best for you.
So HDMI 1.4 shouldn't have problem with 2560 x 1440 at 60Hz?
 

wheelhot

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Okay, I just checked, engadget says the U2711 comes with HDMI 1.3 input, and from what I've read, HDMI 1.3 max input is 2560×1600p75

So I should be fine with HDMI for my needs?
 

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Dammit. I was secretly racing you! Grats on the order change :)
I'll update you all when I receive it :p

And since they are many Mac OS benchmarks around, I'll be focusing to do benchmark tests on the Windows side of things. Let me know if you want to run any tests, I'll likely do it as long as it's free ;)

Oh and my model is the base nMP D300, no upgrades.
 

Ei kukaan

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Okay, I just checked, engadget says the U2711 comes with HDMI 1.3 input, and from what I've read, HDMI 1.3 max input is 2560×1600p75

So I should be fine with HDMI for my needs?
I was never able to get more than 1920x1080 with my U2711 and MBP.
With simple miniDP > DP cable I've get full resolution.
 

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Anim

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I'll update you all when I receive it :p

And since they are many Mac OS benchmarks around, I'll be focusing to do benchmark tests on the Windows side of things. Let me know if you want to run any tests, I'll likely do it as long as it's free ;)

Oh and my model is the base nMP D300, no upgrades.
I guess what I am interested in before mine turns up is what the difference in the windows drivers bring.

e.g. benchmarks for

1. Default Bootcamp Installed Drivers
2. Radeon Drivers
3. Upgraded Firepro Drivers (is that possible?)

And see if there is a clear difference amongst popular applications like Maya, BF4 etc.

Also, keep in mind that setting crossfire profiles on some games really boosts the performance.

And, finally how your Bootcamp experience goes as there are a ton of mixed reviews on this.
 

wheelhot

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1. Default Bootcamp Installed Drivers
2. Radeon Drivers
3. Upgraded Firepro Drivers (is that possible?)
Hmm, I don't mind trying out Radeon and AMD FirePro drivers but how do I rollback to bootcamp drivers if things didn't go correctly?

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I have 2560x1440 at 60Hz running over HDMI, in both OS X and Bootcamp.
thanks!

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I was never able to get more than 1920x1080 with my U2711 and MBP.
With simple miniDP > DP cable I've get full resolution.
Hmm, I wonder if it has something to do with Intel GPU?
 

goMac

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If your monitor has Displayport, just use the MDP->DP cable or adaptor. It's the least messy solution.
 

wheelhot

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nMP status just changed to shipped. I'm excited! Time to let my pre-unibody MBP the rest it deserves :D
 

wheelhot

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Are you going to take him behind the barn and shoot it? :D
Haha, in my country, guns is prohibited :rolleyes:

I'll be keeping it as a memento, the time before Apple became famous. I still remember when I first got the MBP, everybody in my class was like "what's that?" "Looks cool!" "A Mac? What's that? Why you didn't Windows?" "I don't like it cause it's too different, and I'm bad with technology".

Few years later, everybody is owning unibody MBPs :cool:

Oh and the nMP is now on the delivery courier! Guess I'll be spending the weekend setting it up
 

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Woo hoo! It has arrived, let me know what benchmarks needed to be run. I'll create a separate post once I got some benchmarking done ;)
 

wheelhot

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I have 2560x1440 at 60Hz running over HDMI, in both OS X and Bootcamp.
Are you using the same U2711 monitor? Cause I just hooked up mine and it maxes at 1920x1080? Did you hack it or it has something to do with my HDMI cable?
 

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Woo hoo! It has arrived, let me know what benchmarks needed to be run. I'll create a separate post once I got some benchmarking done ;)
Why run benchmark?

Just plug the thing and work with it. Ultimatelly, you're the one who'll decide if it was worth it or not. Not some obscure statistic...
 

lesferdinand

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Are you using the same U2711 monitor? Cause I just hooked up mine and it maxes at 1920x1080? Did you hack it or it has something to do with my HDMI cable?
I have an Asus PA279Q. I hacked the profile to get OS X to output in RGB but even before that, I was able to use it in 2560x1440 @ 60Hz in OS X.
 

wheelhot

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I have an Asus PA279Q. I hacked the profile to get OS X to output in RGB but even before that, I was able to use it in 2560x1440 @ 60Hz in OS X.
Darn, I guess probably my Dell monitor limits HDMI input to 1920x1080 :(
 

lesferdinand

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Darn, I guess probably my Dell monitor limits HDMI input to 1920x1080 :(
Yes, sorry, should have specified from the start what monitor I was using. It still seems strange that the Dell wouldn't support it though. The model isn't that old, is it?

After having used an iMac for well over 6 years it had been a while since I bought my previous stand-alone monitor. And I had completely forgotten what kind of mess it can be, especially if you're a Mac owner.
 

wheelhot

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Yes, sorry, should have specified from the start what monitor I was using. It still seems strange that the Dell wouldn't support it though. The model isn't that old, is it?

After having used an iMac for well over 6 years it had been a while since I bought my previous stand-alone monitor. And I had completely forgotten what kind of mess it can be, especially if you're a Mac owner.
Hmm, 4 years now. Yea, how old is your monitor? The Asus