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27" Apple Cinema Display with a GTX580

Poll Results: What to to about the display options??

 
  • 0% (0)
    Keep the GTX580 and 24" ASUS 1080 monitor.
  • 60% (3)
    Get the 27" ACD for a great deal, and snag the adapter and use it with the GTX580.
  • 40% (2)
    Sell the GTX580, snag a 7970 (or 680) and get the 27" ACD.
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post #1 of 7
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Hey there- I am wondering if anyone has used this set up. The main reason I ask is because my 580 doesn't have a native mini display or display port built in, and the Cinema has a male-out mini display cord. My buddy works for Apple and can get me a screaming deal on one, but I am trying to figure out if it will work properly with my current setup.

With that said, it seems like I have two options.
1) Buy an adapter similar to this to use with my current GPU. From some reviews, it seems with the adapter you cannot see the BIOS on boot. I did find some good software for adjusting brightness, etc so that shouldn't be an issue.

2)Upgrade/Sidegrade to another card (probably AMD?) that has native display port or mini display port.

I love my gtx580. With 1.5GB VRAM I am a little concerned about gaming on the resolution of the ACD, but for the deal I am getting it may be too good to pass up.. Selling my 580 would be a bit painful due to the recent price drops... then going to a 7970 or 680 with said display port native.

Does anyone have any feedback or experience with a similar set up? Any pro tips?

Thanks!
post #2 of 7
keep the 580 and get one of the 2560x1440 IPS monitors off ebay for $400 or less thumb.gif
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keep the 580 and get one of the 2560x1440 IPS monitors off ebay for $400 or less thumb.gif

Thanks for the feedback! I guess I should elaborate a bit on the "deal" for the display. My buddy wants the new Thunderbolt ACD, so he will sell me the non-thunderbolt thats about 7 months old for $500. I also have 150$ in credit card bonuses and could probably sell my current monitor for like 100$ to a friend. Overall, I could do the same for an IPS on amazon/ebay etc. But getting what is normally a 1000$ display for about 250$ after my shenanigans seems like a good call.
post #4 of 7
Keep the GTX580 and get an adapter.

However, do not get the adapter linked above. That Kanex is for HDMI connection and only supports
Quote:
1920 x 1200 @ 60Hz on 24" Apple LED Cinema Display
1280x720 @ 60Hz on 27" iMac and Apple LED Cinema Display

As the Apple 27'' Cinema Display can do 2560x1440 natively, it is best to use the Dual Link DVI output of the GTX580 and connects to the mini Display Port of the monitor.
http://store.apple.com/us/product/MC007LL/A

Use the Atlona DT-DP400 here:- http://store.apple.com/us/product/H3938LL/A
post #5 of 7
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Originally Posted by nerdybeat View Post

Thanks for the feedback! I guess I should elaborate a bit on the "deal" for the display. My buddy wants the new Thunderbolt ACD, so he will sell me the non-thunderbolt thats about 7 months old for $500. I also have 150$ in credit card bonuses and could probably sell my current monitor for like 100$ to a friend. Overall, I could do the same for an IPS on amazon/ebay etc. But getting what is normally a 1000$ display for about 250$ after my shenanigans seems like a good call.

The ones off ebay are likely of a little lower quality, but will still cost you less and don't require an adapter of any sort other then a normal dual link DVI

But I'm all for taking advantage of your friends stupidity as well....why you would throw away a bunch of money on a monitor where the only "upgrade" is the cable through which the display connects to the computer seems a bit odd to me rolleyes.gif

Reminds me of when thunderbolt stuff started coming out, a friend of mine who likes Apple started extolling the virtues of a thunderbolt external HD based on it's bandwidth capability....I had to explain to him that theoretical bandwidth is of little value when the speed of the HDD wouldn't allow it to run any faster then it would in a USB 2.0 enclosure.
Edited by trulsrohk - 3/19/12 at 12:25am
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post #6 of 7
ACDs are beautiful monitors.

You might want more muscle to power the larger resolution (it's almost twice the pixels of 1080p) if you like to max your games with high FPS. How about getting another GTX 580 (with display port) for SLI? Like you said they have been getting cheaper and should continue to do so.

But out of your proposed options, I would say go for the ACD + adapter route if you're on a budget, otherwise swing for the 7970.
Edited by jdip - 3/19/12 at 12:48am
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post #7 of 7
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Originally Posted by trulsrohk View Post

The ones off ebay are likely of a little lower quality, but will still cost you less and don't require an adapter of any sort other then a normal dual link DVI
But I'm all for taking advantage of your friends stupidity as well....why you would throw away a bunch of money on a monitor where the only "upgrade" is the cable through which the display connects to the computer seems a bit odd to me rolleyes.gif
Reminds me of when thunderbolt stuff started coming out, a friend of mine who likes Apple started extolling the virtues of a thunderbolt external HD based on it's bandwidth capability....I had to explain to him that theoretical bandwidth is of little value when the speed of the HDD wouldn't allow it to run any faster then it would in a USB 2.0 enclosure.

The main "upgrade" is actually the resolution, and size of the screen. Not to mention quality. I agree with your points on Thunderbolt, without the external storage being SSD, you can't truly utilize the bandwidth.

Thanks for the heads up Windfire!!!!! Who woulda thought I should have actually checked Apple's site. +rep
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