Is it possible to drive a monitor from a hub? If the hub was Thunderbolt 3 compatible and I used a USB-C to HDMI adapter, from the hub to the monitor, would this work? The monitor in question is a Full HD (1080p@60Hz) monitor - nothing crazy.

I ask this question as I'm currently looking at a USB-C to 3 HDMI adapter however the price is pretty high - and I'm looking for a workaround. It seems that individual USB-C to HDMI cables are a lot cheaper.

  • There's no such thing as a "Thunderbolt Hub." What you're looking for is a Thunderbolt Dock. Since you have a Thunderbolt port, it's not efficient or effective to go from USB to HDMI. Just go from DisplayPort to HDMI. What kind of monitor do you have? – Allan Jan 10 at 22:16
  • @Allan: I have three iiyama G-Master Black Hawk G2730HSU-B1 monitors. I was hoping to essentially buy three USB-C to HDMI adapters, plug them into the dock/hub then into the monitors. I'd then be able to plug the one dock/hub into one Thunderbolt 3 USB-C slot on the side of the device (MacBook Pro 15" Touch Bar). – Josh Murray Jan 11 at 0:10
  • If you go that route, then your CPU will drive the monitors, not the GPU (if you have one). See this post for a better solution – Allan Jan 11 at 0:13
  • @Allan: Thank you for that link - very helpful. – Josh Murray Jan 11 at 9:16

This is can work, however, it depends on your personal equipment. Both my motherboard's onboard video and my Geforce RTX 2080 Ti have the ability to do what you are asking.

For example, the "Anker USB C Hub" has the HDMI port built in, as well as USB and an Ethernet port.

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