Thunderbolt and Mini Display Port

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by Einz, Nov 27, 2013.

  1. Einz macrumors regular

    Einz

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    I was set to use the HDMI port on the 2013 Mac Pro with my current monitor, until i found out the mini display and thunderbolt connector are the same size. Is it possible to use any one of the thunderbolt ports to connect my monitor with a mini display port cable?


    Thanks.
     
  2. NOTNlCE macrumors 6502a

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    Certainly. Thunderbolt ports carry a Mini DisplayPort signal, so if you have a Mini DisplayPort adapter it will work in your Thunderbolt port.
     
  3. benji888 macrumors 65816

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    I agree with this, I have a mid 2010 MBP, which has the mini display port, it is the same physical connection for thunderbolt, and when I read up on thunderbolt when it first came out, the display signal and connection is exactly the same, so, mini-display port was a pre-cursor for the full-blown thunderbolt standard.

    So, whenever a display connection is referred to as thunderbolt or mini display port, they are completely interchangeable/identical. The only difference is that my '10 MBP only does displays with that port, nothing else (no thunder ;o).
     
  4. NOTNlCE macrumors 6502a

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    Correct, Thunderbolt was introduced with the '11 lineup. I have an '09 MBP with a Mini DisplayPort Connecter with a VGA adapter, and if you're wondering on credibility, I used the same adapter on a '13 MBA just yesterday, no problems.
     
  5. thekev macrumors 604

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    I wouldn't use an adapter when there are single cable solutions.
    They're typically a better idea. Just be aware of hdmi resolution limits where applicable.
     

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