Question on Apples Old 27" cinema display (DVI) vrs New 27" Thunderbolt display

between2tides

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While waiting for my nMacPro to arrive, I've been offered a couple of two and a half year old Apple 27 Cinema Displays at a great price. I've called Apple to see how these would be connected. Seems like you'd just use the DVI to Thunderbolt (same size as mini display port) adapter. But I'm really not sure if that will work or not.

I know that the new Thunderbolt versions of these will work for sure at $1000 each.

So my question is will there be any sort of performance difference with the new ones vrs these older versions other than the data hub not being active?

Thoughts?
 

xraydoc

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While waiting for my nMacPro to arrive, I've been offered a couple of two and a half year old Apple 27 Cinema Displays at a great price. I've called Apple to see how these would be connected. Seems like you'd just use the DVI to Thunderbolt (same size as mini display port) adapter. But I'm really not sure if that will work or not.

I know that the new Thunderbolt versions of these will work for sure at $1000 each.

So my question is will there be any sort of performance difference with the new ones vrs these older versions other than the data hub not being active?

Thoughts?
If memory serves, Apple never made a 27" DVI cinema display. They did make (and still actively sell) a 27" mini-DP Cinema Display. The screen itself in that display is the identical display as what's in the current Thunderbolt display.

If that's what you're thinking of, it'll connect just fine to any Mac with a mini-DP port or a Thunderbolt port -- no adapter required.

The display's speakers, USB ports and FaceTime camera connect via USB and will also work just fine (provided you plug the USB connector in to an available USB port on your Mac).
 

between2tides

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If memory serves, Apple never made a 27" DVI cinema display. They did make (and still actively sell) a 27" mini-DP Cinema Display. The screen itself in that display is the identical display as what's in the current Thunderbolt display.

If that's what you're thinking of, it'll connect just fine to any Mac with a mini-DP port or a Thunderbolt port -- no adapter required.

The display's speakers, USB ports and FaceTime camera connect via USB and will also work just fine (provided you plug the USB connector in to an available USB port on your Mac).
Thanks for getting back. You're absolutely right it's mini-DP... don't know what I was thinking. Everything should work, can't remember, did the early version of this have firewire as well?. Don't see anything other than the thunderbolt display on their site.
 

jenzjen

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Thanks for getting back. You're absolutely right it's mini-DP... don't know what I was thinking. Everything should work, can't remember, did the early version of this have firewire as well?. Don't see anything other than the thunderbolt display on their site.
No, the LED cinema (mDP) only had 3 USB ports while the Thunderbolt Display has Ethernet, FireWire and a few USB ports.
 

redmac

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I just switched from a 2xACD to a 2xTBD setup. There is absolutely no image quality difference between the two displays. Assuming you have enough number of ports on your nMP for your needs, you will only be missing 2 FW800 ports that you would otherwise get from two TBDs.