Based on Apple's documentation, my Mac mini (Late 2014, mid-range model with Intel Iris) should be able to support 4K video through HDMI. I've plugged in my Seiki 39" 4K TV (SE39UY04), but when the "Best for display" option is chosen, it outputs 1080p, rather than 2160p. If I choose "Scaled" for the resolution, the only options are 1080p, 1080i, 900p, and 720p.

How can I force the Mac mini to output at 2160p? Or is Apple's marketing wrong and I bought a machine that doesn't actually support 4K over HDMI?

Edit: Apparently, it really is an Apple-acknowledged issue, but they've stubbornly not provided any fix. Frustrating.

Summary: Yosemite reads the EDID from the TV that clearly indicates it supports 4K @ 30Hz, and promptly throws it away considering it invalid because it erroneously thinks the pixel clock to be too high (297 MHz). Once you fix that, though, there's yet another bug in the frame buffer. Apparently others online have success in Mavericks and it fails in Yosemite and also no problems at all under Windows. I'm going to try both of those this week, but ... ugh.

Also... since the comments indicated that perhaps it had to do with the cable or the TV, I should note that during the initial boot (Apple logo with progress bar), the output is correctly set to 2160p@30Hz. Likewise if I boot while holding down option, when presented with the options for drives to boot from, that screen is outputed at 2160p@30Hz. But the moment the login screen is presented, it switches back to 1080p@60Hz.

  • did you hold the alt key before hitting Scale to show all options
    – Ruskes
    Commented Jan 4, 2015 at 9:35
  • @Buscar웃 Just tried that, the additional options are 1440x900, 1344x1008, 1344x756, 1280x960, 1024x768, 1024x576, 800x600, 720x576, 640x480. No 2160p / 4K, though. Commented Jan 4, 2015 at 9:37
  • I do not see your Seiki as model listed in the supported list?
    – Ruskes
    Commented Jan 4, 2015 at 9:39
  • @Buscar웃 That list is for 4K over DP (For TVs that have DP ports), not over HDMI. Commented Jan 4, 2015 at 9:47
  • Did you check it's an HDMI 1.4 cable? & that the TV can do 2160 at 30Hz?
    – Tetsujin
    Commented Jan 4, 2015 at 9:59

2 Answers 2


Did you try the final solution on that thread?

"Final update. Got my new 2014 Mac Mini now, works w/o problem with my 4k Hisense TV now.

Maybe, worth a note ...

Initially, boots in 4k but then switches to 1080p after the OS is loaded. To get 4k at the OS level, one has to do this: 1. Switch to 24Hz, 25Hz or 30Hz under Scaling 2. Now, the 2160p resolution emerges in the list (3840x2160) 3. Select it 4. Note how 50Hz and 60Hz now disappeared from the list

It is straightforward to do. But maybe not as intuitive to everybody as Apple may think."


OSX has a pixel-clock-limit at 165hz that you can overclock. You'll need to patch that with https://github.com/vinc3m1/mac-pixel-clock-patch

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