How to connect 4k display (SAMSUNG UD590) to MacBook pro 17″ (earlier 2009)?

Updated on 09-05-2015 in USB Graphics
14 on 01-12-2014

How to connect 4k display (SAMSUNG UD590) to MacBook pro 17″ (earlier 2009)?

 
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7 on 01-12-2014

Hi Francec, The only way to connect a 4K display to your Macbook Pro 17″ 2009 is via the USB port. Note that due to the limitation of the USB 2.0 data transfer speed you might experience slowdown on motion picture but you can run normal applications on it. The display resolution you will get is 3840×2160 30Hz on the USB 3.0 HDMI™ 4K adapter or the USB 3.0 4K DisplayPort adapter Even the supported Macs from 2013 or later  can run up to 3840×2160 30Hz natively as well. Here is picture testing our USB 3.0 4K DisplayPort adapter on a Macbook Pro 2008 using the USB 2.0 port The display is a Samsung UD970 prototype and running 3840×2160 30Hz
IMPORTANT NOTE 
Your monitor will not support DisplayPort 3840×2160 30Hz, only runs at 60Hz
In this case you must your the HDMI adapter

on 02-12-2014

Thank you very much Paul.
I am very interested in these products but I’ve been looking for buying in Spain and they are not available… The one I find here is USB 3.0 HDMI™ but it seems to get just a maximum resolution of 2048×1152.
An another question, what about USB 3.0 4K Docking Station (CSV-3103D)? It sounds good, isn’t it?

Waiting for your response. Thanks a lot.

on 02-12-2014

Hi Francesc,
Buenas tardes. 
Please let me know where are you located to see if we can help you with a local distributor so they can offer to you the 4K version for the HDMI adapter.
On your second question, the Docking Station will also work and you will have additional ports for USB, audio etc. This will work best with USB 3.0 of course.

on 02-12-2014

Hi Paul,
Thanks again!
I am from Barcelona and it would be grateful if you can help me with a local distributor to get de 4K version.
Why will work best with USB 3.0?

Thanks Paul!

on 02-12-2014

The main reason is because of the transfer speed on the USB 3.0 bus. I understand that is not going to be possible on your Mac but the full potential is on that bus. The good thing is that when you do on your next upgrade, this will serve you well.
I will try to contact Ingram Micro in Barcelona to see if they can help you with your inquiry.
Thanks again for your support.

on 03-12-2014

That will be great! Let’s see if Ingram Micro can help me.

Thanks a lot Paul

on 03-12-2014

Francesc, which adapter you want? the Docking Station of just the 4K HDMI adapter?
Thanks

on 03-12-2014

Paul, which one do you recommend? The Docking or the Adapter?
Obviously, if they both work with my MacBook Pro 17″(earlier 2009) I’d like to know how much they cost more or less.

Thanks

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1 on 04-12-2014

HI Francesc,
The Docking 4K station we will starting shipping at the end of the month. The final retail prices we will probably can feedback at the end of this month. For the HDMI 4K usb graphics adapter expect to pay in Spain about 90 to 100 euros, this all depends on the VAT.

on 04-12-2014

Hi Paul,
I’ll probably wait for the Docking 4K station.
I’ve found it (http://www.amazon.es/gp/product/B00NQ4LLDW/ref=ox_sc_act_title_1?ie=UTF8&psc=1&smid=A1AT7YVPFBWXBL). Although there is not yet available they have it at 147,95 euros. What do you think about getting it at Amazon? Would you reccomend getting it at another place?

Thanks a lot for being so patient!

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0 on 05-12-2014

Hi Francesc,
Amazon has a very good return policy so I would say it is ok to buy it from them. 
You can ask as many questions you want, we are here to help.
Regards

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2 on 07-05-2015

Hi again Paul!
I finally got the Docking Station and connected it with HDMI but the maximum resolution I am able is 2560×1440.
How can I get 4k resolution?
Thanks a lot!

on 07-05-2015

Hi Francesc,
You need to make sure that you have the latest driver
Also can you detail me the display you have? Please remember that 4K only works in 30Hz on the Docking Station.

on 09-05-2015

Hi Paul,
I have a Samsung U28D590D.
Oh my God! I am running under OS X 10.7.5
I think I should update 🙁
Anyway, I can’t choose 30Hz, it’s gray

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