What is a good 5k monitor to use with the rMBP?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Audiosond, Mar 19, 2015.

  1. Audiosond macrumors newbie

    Feb 13, 2015
    Since I bought my rMBP before the retina iMac came out, I missed out on buying the retina iMac instead. What monitor could I buy to use with the rMBP to make it feel like I am using a retina iMac?
  2. fenderbass146 macrumors 65816


    Mar 11, 2009
    Northwest Indiana
    Best you can do is 4k...no 5k will work on macbook
  3. Ubele macrumors 6502a

    Mar 20, 2008
    Also bear in mind that the 2013/2014 13" rMBP will support a 4K monitor at 30 Hz but not 60 Hz. That's what finally swayed me to spend the extra money for the new 2015 model. The 2013/2014 15" rMBP will support a 4K monitor at 60 Hz, though. As for which monitor to get, I've been reading good reviews of the Dell 4K monitors, and they're reasonably priced.
  4. Audiosond thread starter macrumors newbie

    Feb 13, 2015
    What computers or laptops will work with a 5k monitor?
  5. Wahlstrm macrumors 6502a


    Dec 4, 2013
    Right now all computers with 2x display ports, tons of GPU power and the correct drivers for the only 5K monitor that is available right now.
  6. bradleyjx macrumors member

    Jul 7, 2008
    Madison, WI
    I wrote this (with some revisions) a little while back in another thread, may help clarify the whole 5k thing:

    - Thunderbolt 2 can push signals out using either HDMI 1.x or DisplayPort 1.2 protocols. Both of these can display 4K video (though somewhat restricted), and cannot display 5K.

    - Dell currently has a 5K display, but in order for it to work at full resolution, it currently needs to behave more-or-less like it's two displays side-by-side, using two different connectors to drive those halves, then combining it into the full display.

    - the 5K iMac handles this "lack-of-capable-protocol" problem instead by using custom hardware to connect the display to the motherboard; since it doesn't need to use a cable to connect, it doesn't need to follow an established protocol, and thus can use whatever means work best internally to make the display work. (speculation: this is likely also why you can't use the 5K iMac in Target Display mode, like you can other iMacs - there just isn't a cable that can push information quickly enough to drive those pixels)

    - Last September, DisplayPort 1.3 was finalized, whose protocol allows for 5K video to be able to be passed through a cable. For Macs, support for DisplayPort 1.3 will likely come from the Thunderbolt 3, which supports 1.3.

    - Thunderbolt 3 will be first supported at a chipset level with Intel's Skylake processors, which look to be released in the second half of this year, going into 2016.

    - (speculative) Odds are good that a 5K external will be released from Apple once Thunderbolt 3 begins making it's way into products, as until that time, there really isn't a single-cable consumer protocol out there to drive a display of that bandwidth.

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