• 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Adapter Firmware Version 1.03 fixes all problems

    • Written by from Portland

    For years Mac Mini 3,1 and the Apple Cinema 30" Display with firmware 1.02 would produce static in black areas, and had intermittent issues waking up the display. Finally, Apple updated this cable to firmware 1.03 and all issues immediately disappeared. If you have a older version of the cable go to Apple Support Page HT203352 for more info.

    0 of 1 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Works great with Acer S277HKwmidpp 69 cm (27") Monitor

    • Written by from Bensheim

    Adapter works great with the Acer S277HK-Monitor and a Mac mini late 2009. I Have no Problems with this Adapter.

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Very Happy!

    • Written by from Round rock

    Plugged this to my Apple Cinema Display 20" with my Macbook Pro and it worked as expected.....

    2 of 4 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Perfect for new 5K 27" iMac and Apple Cinema Display

    • Written by from New City

    Tried to use an inexpensive thunderbolt to DVI adapter to connect my new 27" iMac 5K to an older Apple Cinema display. Results were poor at best with limited resolution. Then I tried the Apple Dual-Link Adapter and the picture was incredible with full 2560 x 1440 resolution and perfect color. No flicker or distortion. I could not be happier! Worth every penny.

    6 of 7 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great adapter for a Dell 30" display (dual-link)

    • Written by from Cupertino

    I had been running my Dell 30" ultra sharp off of my aging Mac Pro's PCIe graphics card for a while, but it finally gave up the ghost. So temporarily using my MacBookAir to serve as a desktop. To that end, I got this adapter.


    * It works. And it works great. I can get 2560x1600 on the Dell no problem. Can calibrate the screen, play back movies, 30" of photographic delight.
    * USB powered. (see note below)
    * Sits happily at end of a thunderbolt chain


    * The USB port you plug it into needs to provide good solid power. Older machines' USB ports may not have the power required to operate it reliably. I plugged mine into one of the two higher output USB3 ports on the OWC Thunderbolt 2 Dock. Works great from there, especially since those ports stay on even if your computer goes to sleep.
    * Getting occasional flicker (red or green snow, intermittent screen flashing). I've had that since the Mac Pro, however, so I suspect it is an issue with the Monitor. (Could be OS/driver related, but it comes and goes, so who knows)
    * Gets warm. Don't leave it under a pile of docs.
    * No thunderbolt passthrough. A thunderbolt port to daisy chain something off of this display adapter would have been nice.


    * You NEED a duallink DVI cable for those bigger displays.
    * Yes, $99 seems high, but it's an official product.
    * Monoprice makes one, but I've not used it. It's cheaper, but otherwise has similar specs: USB powered, single thunderbolt, single dual link DVI port, etc. etc.

    If you have a big monitor you want to get working, just get this adapter from either the online Apple store or walk into a local Apple store. It just works. If you get flicker/etc, double check your cabling. Once I recabled my setup, the flickering went away.

    4 of 4 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    it was the right choice

    • Written by from gwynedd

    it worked perfectly with my 30" cinema display.

    2 of 4 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    2015 Definitive Answer

    • Written by from Lake Worth

    Look, limited to 300 words.

    I have a Dell 30" 3007WFPHC monitor that has *only* a DVI input. It *requires* dual-link DVI (period). No problem with my Mac Pro (Macpro4,1) but I now have a need to connect it to my Mac Mini Mid 2010 (Macmini4,1) with the base GeForce 320M internal graphics.

    I bought a 3rd party one for $69 (which likely could have worked... maybe I got a defect) which had cut in and out all the time. Case was hot.. not good.

    I became tired of having a 30" but not using it so I put in the $99. 5 seconds after getting home and I am happy to be using my 30" again. Tested sleep... OK. Tested booting... OK. Tested 3 hours straight and *no* issues... OK.

    Save yourself the time and just buy this. My Apple tech is older than what most have now so it will work. Be sure you have a decent dual-link DVI cable (mine came with the Dell monitor). Stop wasting time and just get it and be done.

    6 of 6 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from Pine Hill

    I've been using this for a year+ to connect my MacBook Air to a larger monitor and it's worked 100% of the time.

    4 of 5 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Add third monitor to MacPro 2013

    • Written by from Mission

    I have 2 dvi monitors and 1 HDMI monitor and a MacPro2013.
    The only way to get it to turn on all three monitors is to buy one of these. Add it to one of your DVI monitors and then all three will work. Computer does not have enough power to run all three.

    4 of 4 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    No issues at all. Works as it should

    • Written by from Nepean

    I've been studying issues with 1) connecting a new Mac Mini (Yosemite) to a large 3rd party display (Dell U2913WM) to get full resolution but also 2) having access to HDCP protected content. Here is what I found a) Mini DP to DP will offer full resolution 2560 X 1080 @ 60 Hz but HDCP content from iTunes is not permitted, ie. will not run; b) HDMI adapter to DVI-D allows HDCP content to run but the resolution is limited to 1920 x 1080 @ 60Hz; c) HDMI to HDMI also does not offer full resolution but allows access to HDCP content; finally, the only configuration that offers both full resolution and HDCP is with Mini Display Port to Dual DVI-D cables. I had read other reviews about flickers, intermittent problems, etc. but two things you need to remember:
    a) make sure you use a good quality male-to-male DVI dual link cable from your monitor to the Apple adapter and b) make sure your Mini DP connection on your Apple computer is secure and doesn't move.
    I've been using the Apple adapter for a while now and it does the job perfectly with no flicker, wakes correctly from sleep, full resolution and access to iTunes HDCP content.
    Overall I'm quite pleased with the purchase.

    7 of 8 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    A life saver. Very happy.

    • Written by from Terrey Hills

    I have four of these adapters running three 30" Apple monitors on two new round Mac Pro computers for nearly a year. After reading several reviews on these devices, I was expecting a few problems and have found nothing serious.

    There is occasionally a small amount of flickering on startup, before logging in but that disappears as soon as the desktop loads. On two occasions, one monitor has gone black on startup but on restarting has worked as normal.

    The options for me with new Mac Pros were to junk three terrific monitors or buy these adapters so I am very happy with the results.

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Works great on Dell U3014 Monitor

    • Written by from Santa Monica

    I needed this to attach my dual link DVI plug from a new Dell U3014 into the open MDP outlet on my 2009 Mac Pro, with GeForce GT120 video card. It works just great but NOTE: this is an ACTIVE adapter and that USB plug has to be plugged into your mac OR into an outlet via adapter, because it does need to draw power for it to work properly and deliver your 2560x1600 resolution.

    Side note: to make sure your monitor fires up properly on the first try, make sure the Mac is off when you're attaching it, and then zap the PRAM when you start it up. Otherwise the monitor may launch with an error message or not at full resolution.

    3 of 3 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Excellent Dual Link DVI Adapter

    • Written by from Kanata

    This active connector is excellent. I have had no issues running this on the MacBook Pro late 2013 - the top $3400 model.
    I tested it against an older Dell 3007 WFP ultrasharp 30 inch running 2560x1600 and a new ASUS PB278Q 27 inch at 2560x1440.
    The adapter also works week with my Lenovo using the thunderbolt port.

    I am curious if I can run this off a thunderbolt dock and also drive 2 monitors with 2 adapters - I'll get back to you.
    I have noticed no flickering or issues running on both systems against both monitors. When I detach the display I pull out the USB port first.

    thank you

    3 of 4 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Works as expected

    • Written by from Cedar Park

    I am connecting the Dual-Link DVI Adapter via a dual-link cable to my Dell Ultrasharp 3008WFP. The resolution is 2560x1600 which is native for this 30" monitor. There is no flicker that I could notice. Was plug and play. As other has said, all the negative reviews are most likely due to the lack of a dual-link DVI cable. Most DVI cables sold are simply single-link. If you had this monitor operated on a PC previously, you already have in all likelihood a dual-link DVI cable as most PC graphic cards will need this too to get the native resolution.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    zero problem, no flicker no nothing, it just works

    • Written by from fremont

    I was rather skeptical after reading all the not so great reviews but I needed to make use of the 30 Cinema Display with pre-retina MBP. It was plug and play, and still no going off nor flicker after extended use. It worked as expected.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great Connector - exactly as promised

    • Written by from Adelaide

    I now have 3 of these - connect to Apple 30'' Monitors - to KTM switches, to Mac and PC laptops - never had a day of trouble with any of them, or with the type of connectors, or with the interface - only used with Apple 30'' screen so that's where I am coming from.

    .....Great product - can't recommend enough

    1st one had for 8 years
    2nd one 2 years
    3rd one 2 months

    I use them all concurrently - either off a KTM switch and/or multiple screens!

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Working well with a 3rd party monitor (Hazro HZ27WC)

    • Written by from Sheffield

    I initially had issues with the well known interference (intermittent colour distortion and artefacts etc) which was pretty unusable.
    I was using a cheap DVI dual link cable that I had bought 6 years ago. So I bought a startech branded DVI dual link cable (£8) and now I have no issues at all, working perfectly. My monitor is a Hazro HZ27WC, with a late 2013 Macbook Pro 15".

    By the way, the same old cable I had works fine when connected to my PC with the same monitor, but doesn't work with the Apple adapter. My guess is that Apple's adapter has different and stricter time constraints on the digital signals perhaps and therefore requires a decent quality cable.

    So my advice is, don't listen to the people complaining about the adapter. Just try is with a decent quality DVI cable for yourself. When I say decent quality DVI cable, I don't mean spending £50 on one, you should be able to get one for under £15 online.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    A solution to the Flickers!

    • Written by from Chateauguay

    I looked everywhere for a solution… and found my problem on a Forum…

    There are two types of DVI cables!

    A) DVI-D single Link
    B) DVI-D Dual Link

    They don't have the same number of pins!

    I have a MacBook Air 13" 2011, with a 30" Dell Ultrasharp. With the single Link DVI Cable, I had crazy flickers.
    With the Dual Link cable - supplied by Dell with the Monitor, the image is EXCELLENT!

    12 of 13 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    It works: Mac mini (Late 2012) to 30 inch Cinema Display

    • Written by from Nashua

    I bought my Mini DisplayPort to Dual-Link DVI Adapter yesterday from an Apple Store and the unit works as advertised. It has revision 1.03 firmware, which is apparently the latest as of 2014-07-04 and thus saving me a return to the store for an upgrade/swap. The unit worked on the first try connecting an Apple Mac mini "Core i7" 2.3 (Late 2012) [MD388LL/A] to an Apple Cinema Display 30-Inch (Aluminum) [M9179LL/A]. There are no problems with dropouts or flicker. Sleep/wake also works, as does the USB connection.

    The adapter has no facility for connecting the monitor's 400 Mbps FireWire port, so if you have the same type of monitor, then you may need a FireWire extension cable -- if you want to use the FireWire port on the monitor.

    Interestingly, at the Apple Store, the adapter was not on the wall with the multitude of white box adapters on sale; the manager said that the store did not carry the item. However, another store employee fortuitously did know about the adapter (packaged in a black box) hidden in the back room and procured the prize. Who knows what other goodies may lurk in that nearly impenetrable darkness? Could there be a 20th Anniversary Macintosh concealed in the gloom? Maybe there's a unsold, Apple IIgs there waiting for some lucky collector. If such could be found, there might even be hope for locating an Apple Lisa which escaped that landfill in Utah.

    2 of 2 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    The adapter you need for high-resolution monitors

    • Written by from Boulder

    This is the adapter you need to connect a high resolution monitor (WQHD) to your Mac. (The regular Mini DisplayPort adapter will leave your monitor maxed out at 1080p, not the 2560x1440 you are after.)

    A couple of notes:

    * While this is a hot plug, sometimes the signal can get a glitch when you connect the monitor or wake your computer from sleep. I found that 95% of the time, simply turning the monitor off and on again addresses this. On rare occasions, it took a reboot of my computer.

    * You need to connect the USB plug on the adapter into your Mac as well, or you defeat the purpose of this adapter. The USB is necessary for the resolution. In fact, the old Apple 30" CinemaScreen monitors won't even display anything without the USB connection.

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