What is the closest PC equivalent to a Thunderbolt Display?

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by AndrewMRiv, Jan 1, 2014.

  1. AndrewMRiv macrumors regular


    Oct 29, 2013
    On my desk, I have a 27" iMac Late 2013 next to my gaming pc with a 21.5" ASUS monitor.

    The screen quality and design of the iMac makes me feel like I'm using such a horrid screen since the two are side by side.

    I am interested in a 27" IPS that could be used for my gaming PC that could match the quality of my iMac.

    I have heard of both the Dell Ultrasharp and a cheaper option which is the Monoprice 27".

    What would the best option be? I wish there was something as nice as the Thunderbolt Display available for the PC.
  2. thejadedmonkey macrumors 604


    May 28, 2005
    I'm assuming that the TB display is just a Display Port panel + a TB docking solution. Have you tried plugging the TB Monitor into the gaming PC via an HDMI -> DP cable?

    Or naturally, the Dell is a good choice, but generally speaking you get what you pay for. Also keep in mind that the extra pixels of the larger monitor may impact gaming performance.
  3. AndrewMRiv thread starter macrumors regular


    Oct 29, 2013
    Thank you for your response.

    I do not currently own a Thunderbolt display so I would not be able to test it.

    Also, that won't be a problem. I have a good graphics card (NVIDIA GTX 660ti) and even plan to upgrade that in a year. I don't play games that are very graphics intensive (mainly play World of Warcraft and other MMOs).

    Thank you again
  4. Outrigger macrumors 68000


    Dec 22, 2008
    In order for a TB display to function, the source has to have TB which I'll assume the OP's PC doesn't.
  5. paulrbeers macrumors 68040

    Dec 17, 2009
    Just about all 27" IPS Monitors with a 2560 x 1440P resolution use LG displays just like the iMac and the Thunderbolt. There are some 27" 2560 x 1440P that use Samsung PLS displays, but otherwise as long as it is an IPS it should be the same display. That's not to say that the cheap Korean displays (including the Monoprice) are as good as the Dell (they generally are not).

    Woot.com has a 27" HP ZR2740 for only $350 as a refurb today.... Probably about as cheap as you will get that isn't a "cheap korean" display...


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