Mini DisplayPort to Dual-Link DVI Adapter

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  • 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.

    Tech Specs

    Mini DisplayPort

    Dual-Link DVI

    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
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    • 5.0 out of 5 stars

      It works - for those who can't get it to work read below

      I read all the negative reviews on here before buying and still made the purchase anyway to try it for myself. Don't forget everyone - most people who write re I read all the negative reviews on here before buying and still made the purchase anyway to try it for myself. Don't forget everyone - most people who write reviews on the Internet are complaining about something. The majority of purchases that work never get written about because it is as expected. So always take "reviews" with a grain of salt. So anyway, I hooked this "Mini DisplayPort to Dual-Link DVI Adapter" up to my MacBook Pro (2.53GHz model) and to my 30" Apple screen. YOU HAVE TO MAKE SURE YOU ARE RUNNING YOUR GRAPHICS IN PERFORMANCE MODE to not get any color or tearing issues. You might also need a fresh reboot to make it reset as well. Steps: 1) Click on your battery or charging icon in the upper right hand part of your screen 2) Click on "Energy Saver Preferences" 3) Ensure that the "Higher performance" button is selected when connected to the adapter (you can switch it back when portability is needed) 4) Then exit Now... 1) Go Apple>System Preferences> and click on "Displays" in the Hardware section 2) You can play around with the settings in here to get the resolutions, colors and displays set-ups however you want. **Important note - make sure your laptop is using the battery charger when connected to the adapter for all of the above to work consistently. Hope this helps - worked for me.

      • Written by Scott H from Lake Forest

      255 of 316 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?It works - for those who can't get it to work read below

    • 1.0 out of 5 stars

      Design Engineering Staff Shouid be Publicaly FLOGGED!!

      Please forgive my possibly ignorant rant knowing I am open to any schooling from an informed source, unless otherwise corrected I believe the Design Engineering Please forgive my possibly ignorant rant knowing I am open to any schooling from an informed source, unless otherwise corrected I believe the Design Engineering Staff at Apple should be publicly Flogged or at the very least be made to give up a portion of their paychecks to accommodate the prolific permutations of video connectors Apple has SPAWNED! Really now, Intel / PC based computers, that offer equivalent graphic performance have managed to utilize the same 15 Pin cable for 20 years!!! Could someone please tell me WHY APPLES FEELS IT IS COMPULSORY EVERY TIME A MODEL OR MID MODEL CHANGE HAPPENS THEY MUST INVENT ANOTHER *&!@#!# VIDEO CONNECTOR?!!!! One must carry a printed product compatibility map the size of a bed sheet to PURCHASE the correct $30 to $125 adapter so that one can connect AN APPLE MONITOR TO AN APPLE COMPUTER!!! Shame on Apple once again for showing absolutely NO ALLEGIANCE to Long Standing Consumers! I had hoped Intel would have put a stop to the 8Pin, D-Sub, BNC, 15 Pin, Powerbook 100 Series adapter, Powerbook Duo Adapter, DVI, VGA, Mini DisplayPort to VGA, Mini DVI to VGA, Mini DisplayPort to DVI, Mini DVI to DVI, Mini DVI to Video, Mini DisplayPort to VGA, Micro DVi to Video, MADNESS!!! Just to name a few.....

      • Written by David B from San Diego

      216 of 281 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?Design Engineering Staff Shouid be Publicaly FLOGGED!!

    • 1.0 out of 5 stars

      Serious noise / interference problems - as widely reported

      I purchased one of these (expensive) adaptors for use with a new MacBook. Unfortunately there is serious interference on black parts of the screen. Many other u I purchased one of these (expensive) adaptors for use with a new MacBook. Unfortunately there is serious interference on black parts of the screen. Many other users have encountered this, so I don't believe my experience is uncommon.

      • Written by Ben M from LONDON

      153 of 175 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?Serious noise / interference problems - as widely reported

    • 5.0 out of 5 stars

      Expensive but it works

      An expensive adaptor but at least it works (MacBook Pro, 2012 and a 30" Cinema HD monitor). Reading the other reviews made me worried I would be returning it im An expensive adaptor but at least it works (MacBook Pro, 2012 and a 30" Cinema HD monitor). Reading the other reviews made me worried I would be returning it immediately but so far it seems to be more than fine - it's great.

      • Written by D G G from KINGSTON UPON THAMES

      Is this review useful?Expensive but it works

    • 2.0 out of 5 stars

      Beating a dead horse

      I recently purchased an iMac 27" and wanted to use my older 30" Cinema Display as a second monitor. After ready many sources I opted to buy the Mini Display Po I recently purchased an iMac 27" and wanted to use my older 30" Cinema Display as a second monitor. After ready many sources I opted to buy the Mini Display Port to Dual Link DVI Adapter. Once I tried to hook this up I found there were no mini display port on the iMac. So now I suppose I must buy another adapter to hook mini display plug to firebolt? Or is there some other adapter I need to make this work? Planned obsolescence I say.

      • Written by Ken W from Chester

      1 of 3 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?Beating a dead horse

    • 4.0 out of 5 stars

      Late 2012 iMac bootcamp for gaming setup

      I use this cord to connect to a 144hz monitor I got for gaming on my iMac 2012 because I got tired of the constant screen tearing with ALL my games I played on I use this cord to connect to a 144hz monitor I got for gaming on my iMac 2012 because I got tired of the constant screen tearing with ALL my games I played on the native monitor. I thought that this would be a good compromise because I wanted to get a second monitor anyway for things like watching 1080p videos in native quality or reading articles without having to squint. The primary purpose of getting this monitor was to play games at a higher refresh rate though because the iMac is limited to like 59 hz or 60 hz (which caused the tearing). This adapter has pretty much completely eliminated that screen learning problem and I can play games at higher frame rates and settings as a result. It does have some caveats though. The snow problem mentioned is very irritating but it seems to ONLY happen in the mac partition. It is corrected by unplugging and replugging the mini display plug for me. The other issue is that it is limited to 120 hz gaming, so I can't take advantage of the full 144 hz my monitor can dish out. When I try to set it at 144, it freaks out and goes to black for extended periods of time before defaulting back to 120. Expensive is the last con, as I would have given 5 stars easy even with the other problems if this had been $50. I would say do your research, make sure you know WHY you should or even need to buy this before getting it. This is a good solution for me though because I can play games at 1080p without stressing my iMac to pieces, and get 120 hz for smooth gameplay and seriously extend the life of my aging mac that can still game.

      • Written by Steven D from Holt

      4 of 4 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?Late 2012 iMac bootcamp for gaming setup

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