Which monitor/s to get?

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  1. prvt.donut, Aug 21, 2016
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    I am disappointed with the state of running 4K on my Mac Pro with a GTX 970 (30Hz in OSX) and am now thinking of other display options. (My 4K TV was only $200)

    I am thinking either old 30" cinema displays (go for around $400) or the slightly newer 27" (A1316) which go for around $450 used.

    Other than those, the option is a new fancy ultrawide 2560x1440 display, with the cheapest at the moment being around $600.

    Edit: I meant 3440x1440
     
  2. gpzjock, Aug 21, 2016
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  3. prvt.donut thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Ok, so I am thinking instead of a single ultrawide 3440x1440 display, of getting 3 2560x1440 displays and wall mounting them above my desk.
     
  4. scott.n macrumors 6502

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    Why are you limited to 30Hz with your GTX 970? My 970 runs a Dell 4K display at 60 Hz.

    (I currently use this combo with a hackintosh, but previously used it in a Mac Pro 5,1.)

    EDIT: nevermind, I see that you're using a TV and presumably HDMI.
     
  5. prvt.donut thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Oh, so you mean that if I got a 4K display that uses DisplayPort then it will natively do 60Hz?
     
  6. Riku7 macrumors member

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    What you use the monitor for matters what would be the best monitor(s) for you. I wouldn't necessarily recommend the same ones for someone who deals with video, someone who does image processing, and someone who does a little bit of everything but computer visuals isn't what they make their living out of.
     
  7. buster84, Aug 22, 2016
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  8. JTToft macrumors 68040

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    - HDMI 2.0 is required for 4K at 60 Hz. Your graphics card, TV, and/or HDMI cable may not support it. At least one of them is most likely only HDMI 1.4.

    DisplayPort 1.2, which is more common than HDMI 2.0, does 4K 60 Hz without issues.
     
  9. prvt.donut thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    My GTX970 has HDMI2.0 and my Seiki TV has HDMI2.0.

    In Windows it does 4K, but not OSX.

    If I can change to a 4K monitor that uses DisplayPort1.2 and OSX will natively allow it to run at 60hz, then I will be happy and do that.

    So far I have not heard that it is possible.
     
  10. JTToft macrumors 68040

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    - I can't see any reason it shouldn't be. Though perhaps the OS X drivers for the graphics card aren't up to snuff.
     

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