USB-C to HDMI or DisplayPort

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  1. NickMcCandless macrumors regular

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    I just bought the Samsung 28" UE590 monitor to use as a second display for my new MacBook Pro with TouchBar. This monitor has two HDMI ports and a DisplayPort so my first question is which technology is better to use? My understanding is they both support 4K @ 60Hz so curious which is better to use.

    My second question is are there direct cables to go from USB-C to HDMI or DisplayPort or do I have to get one of those adapters?
     
  2. LGIR627 macrumors member

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    Curious about this as well. It seems hard to find actual USB-C to DP cables
     
  3. mikeo007 macrumors 65816

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    Not sure about display port cables, but for HDMI you're looking for something called USB-C Alt Mode. This is a direct USB-C to HDMI cable with no adapter. The standard was only announced a couple months ago so there aren't any retail cables available yet. Expect to see some in the next couple of months.
     
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  5. NickMcCandless thread starter macrumors regular

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    I need to buy this cable now so is there anywhere or any way I can purchase a direct USB-C to HDMI or USB-C to DisplayPort,

    Which would be better, HDMI or DisplayPort?
     
  6. powerocool macrumors 6502

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    I bought the Apple USB-C AV Multiport Adapter ($49), since it powers the MacBook and has a USB-A port. So all I have to do to dock to my work/play station is just 1 cable.
    http://www.apple.com/shop/product/MJ1K2AM/A/usb-c-digital-av-multiport-adapter?fnode=8b

    I also added an Anker USB hub ($9.99) to have 4 extra USB-A ports.
    https://www.amazon.com/Anker-Ultra-...-20&sr=8-2-spons&keywords=anker+usb+hub&psc=1

    I think HDMI is more versatile as you can use it with not only monitors but many TVs in case you need to play a movie on the TV.
     
  7. ip67 macrumors regular

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    You will want to use DisplayPort instead of HDMI if you want to go 4K at 60Hz (why wouldn't you?) due to DisplayPort offering a better refresh rate, as most monitors don't have HDMI v2.0.
     
  8. NickMcCandless thread starter macrumors regular

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    The monitor I ordered does have HDMI 2.0 so they are essentially the same correct?
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    Has anyone seen any USB-C to HDMI cables, not adapters?
     
  9. ip67, Nov 24, 2016
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    I would try this: https://www.amazon.com/Club3D-Type-...coding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=YFTQWC5PX9C7MQ5Y96F7

    only if you're set on sticking with HDMI, otherwise DisplayPort won't require an active cable adapter like that one.

    It's worth noting that the adapter I linked to above will not do 4:4:4 10 bit RGB color at 4K 60Hz, so I would just get a DisplayPort cable.
     
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    Hey what company makes really nice USB-C to USB-A cables as well as USB-C to USB-C? Quality clean cables that come in sizes from 1ft to 1.5ft to 3ft? Any suggestions?
     
  12. NickMcCandless thread starter macrumors regular

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    Ok so now that its clear that DisplayPort is the way to go, any direct USB-C to DisplayPort cables you guys can recommend?
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    I have looked on MonoPrice and checked that Plugable cable but they are not available for order. I am needing one within the next couple days.
     
  13. Macintosh IIcx macrumors 6502

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    Hi, I have just bought a StarTech USB-C to DisplayPort cable that works nicely with my MBP "15 and Samsung SA850T. Please note that my display only supports 2560 x 1440 pixel resolution, so it is not tested with 4K, but otherwise it has just been plug and play, and it was the only cable I could find as I was in a hurry too. :rolleyes:
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    This is the one:

    http://a.co/3L8fwI5
     
  14. zhenya macrumors 603

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    Just to be clear on this - the monitor, cable/adapter, and computer would all have to support HDMI 2.0. Right now there are very few HDMI 2.0 adapters out there, and the HDMI alt mode that will allow for usb-c to HDMI cables only supports 1.4b despite being finalized only in September 2016. You are right to get a displayport cable.
     
  15. radus macrumors 6502

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    [QUOTE="StarTech USB-C to DisplayPort cable that works nicely with my MBP "15 [/QUOTE]

    It also works with my DELL UP3214Q.
     
  16. Kafou33 macrumors newbie

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    Hi, I sometime connect my old macbook to a 4k TV with a mini-displayport to hdmi dongle. With the new macbook pro is it better to buy a USB-C to hdmi or a USB-C to mini-displayport that I connect on my Mini-displayport to HDMI. I know that the last one mean one more dongle but if I have a better image this way why not.

    Thanks
     
  17. aoaaron macrumors 6502

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    *looks at MBP 2015 model with HDMI port*

    *smiles*
     
  18. Kafou33 macrumors newbie

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    :D:D Sorry but I don't want to buy this old outdated macbook ;)
     
  19. Quasselstripper macrumors regular

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    Is there any adapter which provides display port, charging and USB-A? Like the digital AV adapter from Apple, but with DP instead of HDMI.
     
  20. Petey-ed macrumors 6502

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    The StarTech one works well with my 4K monitor as well.
     
  21. NickMcCandless thread starter macrumors regular

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    I just bought it! Crazy they only have a few left too! Why are these so hard to come across and get?
     
  22. NickMcCandless thread starter macrumors regular

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    Anyone know where a direct USB-C to DisplayPort cable can be bought in the store?
     
  23. SoyCapitanSoyCapitan macrumors 68040

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    Possibly anywhere they sell a Google Pixel C.
     
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    Generally speaking, HDMI is for TV's and DisplayPort is for computers. That's kind of where they both went, DP was better for resolution, HDMI could transmit audio and CEC. However I think that's all a bit different with HDMI2.0.

    I'd still choose DP for a computer if you're using it to permanently connect to a monitor, as it has built in cable retention which is nice (HDMI always feels a bit loose). However, HDMI is a bit more versatile and can come in handy every now and again if you need to hook up to a TV for a presentation or anything, so it is useful to have if you only had one choice.
     

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