Will my 27" Cinema Display work on a nMP?

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by snarfquest, Dec 22, 2013.

  1. snarfquest macrumors regular

    Jun 7, 2013
    It is NOT a thunderbolt display. It is a display port 27inch.
  2. unfragile macrumors regular

    Jul 20, 2013

    I think you can use 6 displays at once, one in each Tb port.
  3. Spinland macrumors 6502


    Jul 16, 2011
    Utica, NY, USA
    FWIW I have a 27" mini display port ACD plugged into the Tbolt port of a Mac Mini right now and it works just fine. nMP should be no different.
  4. thekev macrumors 604


    Aug 5, 2010
    It should. You wouldn't use a thunderbolt cable, and you wouldn't be able to chain things off it. In some setups it may be able to exist at the end of a chain, but it can't chain directly off a thunderbolt display. If it will work, the displayport cable you use now would be the one to test. You might also check Apple discussions. I'm sure that has come up or will come up soon when someone else tests one.
  5. Cubemmal macrumors 6502a

    Jun 13, 2013
    Apple posted a tech note on this, yes you can. Six Cinema/TB displays max I believe.
  6. dcpmark macrumors 6502a

    Oct 20, 2009
    Why does that Apple support page say "Late 2013" for the Mac Pro? Was there an "Early 2013" Mac Pro that they don't want you to get confused with?? Why not just say "2013"? ;)
  7. calaverasgrande macrumors 65816


    Oct 18, 2010
    Brooklyn, New York.
    I plug ACD and regular old mini-DP adapters into TB ports on Mac laptops all day long. I don't see why it wouldn't work, though we may expect some teething issues with the first batch out of the gates. It is a new TB spec after all TB 2.0.
    I'm still kind of miffed there isn't an updated LED display or TB display yet.
    Even with 6 TB 2.0 ports, I'd rather not eat up one of them with a plain old displayport monitor that can't be chained from.
  8. Einz macrumors regular


    Feb 14, 2008
    It should have been called "Late, Late, Late, Late 2013" or "Almost 2014" Mac Pro
  9. elvisizer macrumors 6502

    May 29, 2003
    San Jose
    that's the first place I've seen apple discuss how the buses map to the hdmi and tb2 ports.
  10. deconstruct60 macrumors 604

    Mar 10, 2009
    Because every other Mac has a Early/Mid/Late adjective next to it. It is a consistent practice. There are typically not multiple releases per year for most of the Mac line up in any given year.
  11. ZnU macrumors regular

    May 24, 2006
    There is, I suspect, a bit of classic Apple attention to detail in there. If you notice, for the top four ports the left and right ports are on different busses. They probably thought this through and realized most people will likely plug in starting at the top left and then move right. So having the left and right ports on different buses, rather than just having one bus per row, makes it more likely devices will be properly distributed across multiple busses even by users with no knowledge of such considerations.
  12. Sharky II macrumors 6502a

    Sharky II

    Jan 6, 2004
    United Kingdom
    24" cinema mini display port should work too, right?
  13. dcpmark macrumors 6502a

    Oct 20, 2009
    The practice began in 2006, I think, when there were 3 iMac models released in one year. That's not a reason to continue the practice, especially when there was only one model released per year. I could understand naming one an "Early" or "Mid", given that there is a slight chance a second model would be forthcoming at same year.

    There is no reason on earth to ever name a "Late" model in a one-model year since there is zero chance of a later model being released. Especially when they "released" it during the last 3 weeks of the year.
  14. deconstruct60 macrumors 604

    Mar 10, 2009
    But at that point, it is consistant though to just make the naming policy uniform. if use is a signal considering doing other models users will read more into it past the timing of the year of release.... which is really all it is indicative of.

    It isn't just the models themselves. "Early" and "Mid" Mac will straddle the OS X release points ( if they stick to a July-August to Juy-August like time frame). "Early" and "Mid" is quickly indicative if the "fall back to inital OS" means going back a OS X version or not.
  15. Bear macrumors G3

    Jul 23, 2002
    Sol III - Terra

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