Connecting Thunderbolt display to MacPro 2012


Maxwideman

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Can I connect a Thunderbolt display to a MacPro 2012 desktop computer?
If so, what cables do I need?
For information, the Mac Pro has a DVI Display port and two mini Display ports. It also has 3 USB 2.0 ports, 2 Firewire 800 ports, and 2 Gigabit Ethernet ports. It also has optical digital audio in and out ports as well analog audio line in and out ports.
The Display resolution is 2560x1440 and has a Gigabit Ethernet port, a Thunderbolt port, 3 USB 2.0 ports, and a FireWire 800 port.
Your advice would be much appreciated, thank you.
 
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Cory Cooper

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Thank you!

It depends...what is the brand/model of the Thunderbolt display? It sounds like the Apple Thunderbolt Display (27-inch) from your description.

You won't be able to connect an actual Thunderbolt display to older Macs that do not have a Thunderbolt port. However, you can connect Mini DisplayPort displays to Thunderbolt ports.

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Can I ask a similar question? I just bought myself a Mac Pro and an Asus PA32UC monitor. The monitor has 2 x Thunderbolt input ports and came with a Thunderbolt cable (with the small lightning symbol on it). However... the connector seems slightly too big to fit in the Mac Pro's sockets!! Are there different sizes of Thunderbolt connector???
 
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Hello,

If you bought Mac Pro (Late 2013), it has a Thunderbolt 2 port or HDMI. The ASUS has Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C), HDMI, and DisplayPort. The best option would be an HDMI cable, as you can't connect a Thunderbolt 3 display to a Thunderbolt 2 computer.

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