iMac Pro and Apple’s Pro Display XDR?

By | 13/12/2019

Mac Pro 2019 with Pro Display XDRWith new modular Mac Pro, Apple also released brand-new display. In the past, Apple was selling its own display, like Cinema Display or Thunderbolt Display, but sales were ended before years. The new Apple display is called “Pro Display XDR”. It’s hi-end 6K display designed mostly for 2019 Mac Pro. As for tech specification, it’s relatively cheap monitor for what if offers, though 4999 USD is too much for most users. It’s very similar to Apple’s 5K iMacs when Apple released its first generation back in 2014. But some users may ask: will Pro Display XDR work with iMac Pro, a hi-end all-in-one professional workstation?

Simple answer: yes, it will, but limited to 5K resolution. It’s because of “Alpine Ridge” Thunderbolt 3 controller, which has not enough bandwidth to drive a 6K display. If you want to benefit from 6K resolution, you must have a supported Mac:

  • Mac Pro with MPX Module GPU
  • 16-inch MacBook Pro
  • 15.4-inch MacBook Pro from 2018 or later
  • iMacs from 2019 or later

If you have Mac with Thunderbolt 3 paired with a Blackmagic eGPU or Blackmagic eGPU Pro, Pro Display XDR will work at 6K resolution, because these eGPUs are equiped with newer “Titan Ridge” controller.

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