why is mini's spec for hdmi only supports 1920x1200?

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by dodoei, Jul 24, 2011.

  1. dodoei macrumors member

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    hdmi 1.3 and intel hd3000 should both handle 2560x1600 without a problem? is this so they can sell TB? Did anybody try maybe dell U3011 with new mini's hdmi yet?
     
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    The mini sports a v1.4 hdmi socket!
     
  4. dodoei thread starter macrumors member

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    then what prevents the mini from handling 2560x1600 using the hdmi port? OSX restriction?

     
  5. Nanker/Phelge macrumors regular

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    Isn't the max res of HDMI 1920 x 1200? I know HDMI = DVI + Audio, and you need a DVI + USB Video adapter to get any higher resolutions...
     
  6. paulrbeers macrumors 68040

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    Technically HDMI 1.4 can carry a larger resolution than 1920 x 1200 but are there any monitors/televisions that can handle HDMI resolutions higher?
     
  7. dodoei thread starter macrumors member

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    from wiki, for 24-bit and 30-bit color hdmi 1.3 has max resolution of 2560x1600 at 75Hz, hdmi 1.4 supports 4096x2160 at 24Hz

    for 36-bit color hdmi 1.3 drops to 1920x1200 at 75Hz, hdmi 1.4 drops to 1920x1200 with 48-bit color.

    is osx's color depth anything beyond 32-bit?

     
  8. profets macrumors 68040

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    Maybe I'm missing something, but if you want to use the dell U3011, why not just use a DisplayPort cable (miniDP to DP)?
     
  9. dodoei thread starter macrumors member

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    the new mini does not have displayport anymore, replaced by thunderbolt, plus hdmi supports audio too

     
  10. profets macrumors 68040

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    But thunderbolt is inclusive of displayport no?
     
  11. MacHamster68, Jul 25, 2011
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    if it does not work with hdmi why not just use a thunderbold to mini diplay port , thats what thunderbold is made for its supposed to work with mini display port devices and the U3011 has a mini display port
     
  12. profets macrumors 68040

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    ^Since the connector is the same you could even just use a mini-DP to DP cable. MiniDP plugged into the thunderbolt port and DP end plugged into the monitor.

    From wiki:
     
  13. dodoei thread starter macrumors member

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    good to know, thanks. no audio though, right?

     
  14. Evangelion macrumors 68040

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    3D video needs to die. Its an useless gimmick that reduces image-quality by itself. The sooner we purge the world of this moronic crap, the better off we will be.
     
  15. profets macrumors 68040

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    Not sure. Reading the wiki page it looks like TB is essentially DP + PCI Express.

    DisplayPort itself supports audio, so maybe depends on the monitor. And even then I don't think I see monitors too often that have speakers built in? Looks like the U3011 can pass audio through one of the audio output jacks?
     
  16. japtor macrumors regular

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    Apple's MDP outputs have supported audio since the 2010 models or so, so the new mini should have it on the TB port too...but it's a question of whether the display supports audio through DP. Adapters could play a factor too, like some DP-HDMI ones don't handle the audio, but I'm not sure it'd matter for a MDP-DP adapter/cable.
     

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