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Is MacMini (2012) capable of viewing 4K?

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MarcelloM1973 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Dec 19, 2013 1:26 PM

Hi,

     If I connect my MacMini (2.6 Ghz, Intel Core i7) to a 4K monitor with thunderbolt/mdp... will I be able to play full screen video?
And whatabout to a 1.4 HDMI 4K TV Monitor? Not through the HDMI port but through the Thunderbolt/MDP with a good MDP--> HDMI converter?
I am asking this because you can start to find some "cheap" 4K monitors around but most of them (if not all) have only 1.4 HDMI.. but no MDP.

Mac mini (Late 2012), OS X Mavericks (10.9.1)
  • lllaass Level 10 Level 10 (135,340 points)
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    Dec 19, 2013 1:59 PM (in response to MarcelloM1973)

    No. Just purchase the new MacPro. It supports 4K. The downside is that the base price is $2999. Today is the first day you can order it but shipping is not till January

  • lllaass Level 10 Level 10 (135,340 points)
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    Dec 19, 2013 2:34 PM (in response to MarcelloM1973)

    I have the 2012 Mini

    *This model simultaneously supports 1920x1200 on an HDMI or a DVI display (using the included HDMI-to-DVI adapter) and2560x1600 on a Thunderbolt or Mini DisplayPort display or even a VGA display (with an optional Mini DisplayPort-to-VGA adapter, which is compatible with the Thunderbolt port).

     

    Also see:

    Apple Mini DisplayPort adapters: Frequently asked questions (FAQ)

    18. What is the maximum resolution available for use with the Apple Mini DisplayPort to VGA adapter?

    The resolution available with the Apple Mini DisplayPort to VGA Adapter is 1920 x 1200. VGA displays that use higher refresh rates (such as 85 Hz) at resolutions of 1600 x 1200 or greater may not generate video properly until you lower the refresh rate.

  • MMcCorkleRX30 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Dec 24, 2013 11:56 AM (in response to MarcelloM1973)

    Yes, you can view 3840x2160 @ up to 31hz on a 2012 Mac Mini. I do this personally using a Mini Display port to HDMI 1.4 adapter (Accel) on a Seiki 4k.

     

    There is one drawback. It only works on <10.9 and you must use a patch along with SwitchResX to make it work. You can easily find the mac-pixel-clock-patch with a google search. SwitchResX is free as well.

     

    Enjoy!

  • DougToo Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jan 6, 2014 12:03 PM (in response to MMcCorkleRX30)

    Any hope for the Mac Mini to work on 10.9?

  • MMcCorkleRX30 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jan 6, 2014 12:11 PM (in response to DougToo)

    Not until someone finds out how to hack the current 10.9 video driver to disable the 165hz pixel lock. That or Apple enables it in the driver... I have a feeling the solution is to simply "buy a new Mac Pro". ;-)

  • DougToo Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jan 6, 2014 12:14 PM (in response to MMcCorkleRX30)

    Yeah, have one on order.  But I have the Seiki monitor sitting around.  Wanted to see how it looked at 4K

  • MMcCorkleRX30 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jan 6, 2014 12:30 PM (in response to DougToo)

    Well, in short, it looks awesome. ;-) The 31hz limitation is more than enough for nice looking video (the limited amount that exists). The only place you would need more than the 31hz refresh is while moving windows around quickly with your mouse or gaming. I also had to download a mouse smoothing app that makes the mouse feel much better at the higher res. The highest setting for scroll speed is way to low @ 3840x2160.

     

    Once you use it you won't ever be able to go back to 1080. I replaced 3 42" 1080p's with 1 50" Seiki and love it everyday. You'll want to tweak the color settings and not put the backlight over about 70 or else you'll get a noticable flashing on light areas of the screen. A simple color calibration in OSX fixes any miscolorations. Search around for calibrating the Seiki and you'll find some good settings to change in the advanced settings menu on the Seiki.

     

    For about $770 shipped who can possibly complain about a 50" 4k monitor? But people still find reasons...

  • DougToo Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jan 6, 2014 12:33 PM (in response to MMcCorkleRX30)

    Cool.  Thanks for the info.

  • jcer93705 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jan 7, 2014 2:25 AM (in response to MMcCorkleRX30)

    What model from Sieki?

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