Video performance

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by Racer38, Nov 10, 2014.

  1. Racer38 macrumors newbie

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    Which gives better display performance, HDMI or using the Thunderbolt connection for the display?

    I am a new Mac convert and loving every minute of it, just couldnt find any info on this.

    Thanks

    Craig
    " I drank the Koolaid, and it was GOOD"
     
  2. crsh1976 macrumors 6502a

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    They're the same generally speaking, the only difference is when you want to use a super high screen resolution like on a 4K-capable monitor - then DisplayPort (Thunderbolt connector) will need to be used, the version of HDMI currently used in Mac minis doesn't have the bandwidth for it.
     
  3. Racer38 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks for the info, the prices on 4k monitors continues to drop so I may get one in the future, maybe Black Friday if the deals are right.

    Thanks again
     
  4. paulrbeers macrumors 68040

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    So just to clear up a few things...

    Since you posted this in the Mini forum, I assume you are asking about Mini's.

    If that is the case, then the only Mini capable of 4K is the 2014's via HDMI at only 30hz. The Thunderbolt ports on any Mini (whether 2011, 2012, or 2014) are only capable of a max of 2560x1600.

    As far as which one is superior, they are both a digital signal so all things being equal there shouldn't be any difference....
     
  5. Racer38 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks Paul, Yes I have a 2012 version I bought it right before the 2014's came out. Coin toss on whether I should have waited, but the new ones are a bit pricey for the additional ram which you cant add yourself.
     

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