I've been using the Mac Mini with Dell U2711 monitor for couple days and only now I've realized what is wrong: The display isn't using its maximum resolution 2560x1440 but the 1080p which the OS reports as the max resolution. I then read from the Apple's site that for some reason 1080p is the maximum resolution when using the HDMI-connector.

The Mac Mini contains only HDMI and Thunderbolt connectors, at least according to Apple's site. The Dell-monitor doesn't have Thunderbolt but instead it has VGA, DVI, DisplayPort and HDMI.

So my question is: Is it possible to get the maximum resolution out of my monitor?


2 Answers 2


Thunderbolt contains a DisplayPort channel. You can get a Thunderbolt/Mini DisplayPort to DisplayPort cable. I found a cheap one on Monoprice a while back. Here is a 6 footer.

  • It would be more helpful if you linked to the actual cable you bought from them rather than just the site.
    – user10355
    Feb 11, 2012 at 16:01
  • This is the answer. Thunderbolt uses the same connector as Mini DisplayPort, since they're compatible. MiniDP-to-DP cables are available pretty much everywhere @cksum Feb 11, 2012 at 16:46
  • You're right, cksum. Just added a link.
    – segiddins
    Feb 11, 2012 at 16:50
  • So MiniDP to DVI adapter doesn't work, it must be MiniDP to DisplayPort? Oct 8, 2012 at 16:05
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    Single-link DVI can't drive the monitor at it's native resolution, but Display Port certainly can.
    – segiddins
    Oct 8, 2012 at 16:27

Only via Thunderbolt.

As you said, Apple's documentation for the Mac mini (Mid 2011) states:

Video Support

  • Thunderbolt port with support for up to 2560-by-1600 resolution
  • HDMI port with support for up to 1920-by-1200 resolution

It used to be possible with models using a dual-link DVI Adapter which the new models don't support:

Simultaneously supports up to 1920 by 1200 pixels on a DVI or VGA display; up to 2560 by 1600 pixels on a dual-link DVI display using Mini DisplayPort to Dual-Link DVI Adapter.

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