Will my early 2012 Macbook Air (13-inch, Mid 2012) work with this monitor?

  • Asked by fn
LG UltraFine 5K Display

LG UltraFine 5K Display

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    The Apple specs say the MacBook Air 2012 supports up to 2560 x 1600 on an external display.

    The LG UltraFine 5K manual says it has a 2560 x 1440 at 60 Hz timing so it should work but maybe not. The Macbook Air (13-inch, Mid 2012) only has Thunderbolt 1 (10 Gbps). 2560x1440 60Hz uses about 5.3 Gbps, which leaves less than 5 Gbps for all the USB devices of the LG UltraFine 5K. But Thunderbolt 1 has two bidirectional 10 Gbps channels. If the display uses one channel, then the other channel is free for USB devices. I guess the only way to know for sure is to try it.

    To get 5K though, you need an eGPU with Thunderbolt 3 output. The only solution so far is the Blackmagic eGPU (all other eGPU's do not output their DisplayPort signals through a Thunderbolt 3 controller). Apple does not support eGPUs on Thunderbolt 1 or Thunderbolt 2 Macs, so you'll need to use a workaround (available on the eGPU.io website).

    • Answered by Joseph V from Fort Langley
  • No, your macbook has thunderbolt 2.

    • Answered by Anthony W