Mini DisplayPort to Dual-Link DVI Adapter

  • Overview

    Every Mac with a Mini DisplayPort allows you to connect an external display or projector using an adapter. You can use an external display as your main workspace or to extend your desktop, or you can work in mirrored mode with a projector so you can view what your audience sees.

    Use the Mini DisplayPort to Dual-Link DVI Adapter to connect your Mac to a 30-inch display that includes a DVI connector, such as the 30-inch Apple Cinema Display HD, and enjoy the ultimate widescreen canvas with a resolution of 2560 by 1600 pixels.

    System Requirements

    Mac OS X v.10.5.6 or later

    Compatible with Mac computers with Mini DisplayPort and Thunderbolt ports

    Mini DisplayPort

  • 2.5 Average
    2 out of 5 stars
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    • 1.0 out of 5 stars

      Flicker, sporadic issues...

      Major issues... First, when I plugged it into my brand new 2008 Macbook Pro I got a message saying that the USB device drew too much power! I did manage to m Major issues... First, when I plugged it into my brand new 2008 Macbook Pro I got a message saying that the USB device drew too much power! I did manage to make it work by plugging it into my monitor's USB hub, but wow... Secondly, there is a slight flicker. You can see it clearly with certain kinds of backgrounds and fill patterns. It almost looks like the kind of noise you get with analog, except it's DVI. It's not a severe problem, but *any* flicker with DVI is ridiculous. Finally, sometimes it just fails. The screen will go all weird, and you have to reset it. Again, it looks like an analog failure mode except it's not... I'm going to wait a bit and then trying exchanging my adaptor at the Apple store. Maybe there are issues with the first-run units. Apple really botched this one. Dongles are bad enough, but overpriced broken ones... come on guys...

      • Written by Adam I from BOSTON

      1067 of 1257 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?Flicker, sporadic issues...

    • 1.0 out of 5 stars

      Flaky performance

      I had to plug and unplug my monitor several times before it worked and even now the monitor won't wake up from sleep! Sometimes when it does come up it flickers I had to plug and unplug my monitor several times before it worked and even now the monitor won't wake up from sleep! Sometimes when it does come up it flickers and has jaggies. I have to unplug the DVI and plug it back in to get it to stop. I never had any issues at all with this monitor on my old MBP. The size of this thing it HUGE, I can't believe they couldn't make it smaller. Literally about 3x4 inches! Feels like they released a poor product AND they did it LATE!

      • Written by Anthony P from Phoenix

      952 of 1125 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?Flaky performance

    • 1.0 out of 5 stars

      Doesn't Work with Gateway 30" Extreme Monitor

      Plug this new cable into my new macbook pro and 30" Gateway monitor and monitor is not seeing apple cable as a dual dvi cable. Waste of money.

      • Written by Tom P from Saint Charles

      816 of 1047 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?Doesn't Work with Gateway 30" Extreme Monitor

    • 1.0 out of 5 stars

      Frequent problems to the point it's unusable

      From the start of using this product there was the occasional problem where the external screen would boot with a lot of static, then turning it off and back on From the start of using this product there was the occasional problem where the external screen would boot with a lot of static, then turning it off and back on would sort that... okay. Next got a bit more serious where the external screen would have red lines appearing all over it, then it would slow down and fade away. Pulling the cables in and out multiple times eventually sorted that. Finally the screen would disconnect completely and moving the cables around would fix that however this time even when making as little movement as possible at the desk it will randomly drop off then kick back into action or just completely drop dead. I know it isn't the monitor as connecting directly through DVI from my PC works without fault every time. This has happened on my mac mini and then my Macbook Pro (Retina, 15-inch, Mid 2015). Oh well, time to go cable hunting I guess but won't be buying that from apple again.

      • Written by George D from Glasgow

      Is this review useful?Frequent problems to the point it's unusable

    • 5.0 out of 5 stars

      144Hz White spot display problem

      I have BenQ 2430T. I use Dual-Link DVI Adapter. when I change to 120Hz, the display is ok. but When I change to 144Hz, there are too many white spot on Display. I have BenQ 2430T. I use Dual-Link DVI Adapter. when I change to 120Hz, the display is ok. but When I change to 144Hz, there are too many white spot on Display. How can I solve this problem. But when I change to 144hz in WIndow7(bootcamp), it's ok. not ok in osx.....

      • Written by July H from Newtork

      1 of 1 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?144Hz White spot display problem

    • 1.0 out of 5 stars

      once did work

      Bought this with a new mac air 2013 to plug into my Eizo cg240 and it worked that year. After travelling for a while and applying recommended OS updates I ar Bought this with a new mac air 2013 to plug into my Eizo cg240 and it worked that year. After travelling for a while and applying recommended OS updates I arrived home to plugin to Eizo monitor to find the Mini DisplayPort to Dual-Link DVI Adapter no longer worked! Upgrading to OSX10.11 and Mini DisplayPort to Dual-Link DVI Adapter on my mac air 2013 is blind to the Eizo monitor. Waste of money.

      • Written by Matthew A from Point Vernon

      Is this review useful?once did work

  • Answers from the community

    • How can I use the Mac Mini with two monitors?
      • Asked by Gustavo & Ceci R from MIssissauga
      • on Oct 30, 2015

      Best Answer:

      I do not own a mac mini but I have seen this done many times in retail stores that want to show off I do not own a mac mini but I have seen this done many times in retail stores that want to show off the versatility of such a small desktop. The mac mini has two video outputs: a mini-display port and a mini-DVI port. The mini-display port is the same one you find on the current generation macbook, macbook pros (as well as the Mac Pro) and the Mini-DVI is the same as the on the old black/white macbook. I do not know why apple decided to go with two different adapter types but it works just the same as you will need two separate adapters to use two displays anyway. From there, you just buy two "dongles" (display adapters) which hook up to your respective screen input jacks (VGA or DVI) and you're set!

      • Written by Ben S from Golden
      • on May 5, 2016
    • can i connect macbook pro to two monitors
      • Asked by greg b from LONDON
      • on Feb 23, 2016

      Best Answer:

      If you have a MacBook Pro with Retina display you can use the HDMI cable or the Mini Displayport to If you have a MacBook Pro with Retina display you can use the HDMI cable or the Mini Displayport to connect one monitor and use the Thunderbolt to VGHA connector to connect a second monitor. This setup allows you to mirror three screens OR use them all independently (you will get higher res if you use the DisplayPort connector to connect to a high-def monitor).

      • Written by Nigel F from Duxbury
      • on May 11, 2016
    • Best Answer:

      Short answer, yes! Make sure that the adapter is a powered adapter (via AC adapter or USB connectio Short answer, yes! Make sure that the adapter is a powered adapter (via AC adapter or USB connection). This extra power is required in order to properly amplify the video signal at 120Hz. Another advantage of this adapter is that it also allows for playing games in 3D @ 60Hz (in actuality it is sending two 60Hz video signals simultaneouslly in order for the 3D effect to take place). The main thing to remember is that in order to be able to use either the 120Hz 2D signal or 60Hz 3D signal is that the monitor itself has to be able to support those refresh rates. My understanding is that none of the Apple iMacs or stand alone monitors support the 120Hz refresh rate for digital type signals (DVI, Displayport, etc). And no, HDMI 1.4a only supports 60Hz 2D and 24Hz 3D, but does NOT support 120Hz 2D or 60Hz 3D. I own an Alienware M18X laptop that is equipped with a mini-displayport and used a Live mini-displayport to Dual-Link DVI adapter to output a 120Hz signal to my Alienware AW2310 120Hz 3D monitor and it worked perfectly! I was able to play games @ 120Hz in 2D and @ 60Hz in 3D mode. I hope this information that I have provided helps you with your efforts.

      • Written by Daniel K from Colorado Springs
      • on Mar 14, 2016