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Suppose I purchase a brand-new, top of the line, 17" MacBook Pro:

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What do I need to do in order to connect it to a 30" monitor?

I already own 2 30" monitors (a Dell 3007WFP and a Dell 3008WFP), so ideally I would hook the MBP up to one of those. However, if it came down to it, I might be willing to buy a new monitor.

Two thoughts:

  1. Will this adapter work? (For the 3008WFP)
  2. Will Apples's Mini DisplayPort -> Dual-Link DVI adapter work?

Note: I'm not interested in any solution that requires me to use the 30" monitor at less than its maximum resolution (2560 by 1600 pixels).

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I just purchased a Dell U3011 monitor. Amongst its inputs, it has dual-DVI and displayport inputs. I heard bad things about Apple's Mini DisplayPort to Dual-Link DVI adapter so instead went with a Mini DisplayPort to DisplayPort cable from Monoprice. Much cheaper and it works perfectly, happily driving 2560 x 1600 from my 15" MacBook Pro (2011 edition). The cable should work fine on any monitor that supports DisplayPort.

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Yes all of the new MacBook Pros with a mini-diplayport connector support 2550x1600.

Just look on Apple's website: http://www.apple.com/macbookpro/specs.html (Specifically the 'Graphics and video support' section)

To answer the second part: They should both work if used with the proper monitor.

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But what 30" monitor has a Mini DisplayPort input? – Tom Lehman Sep 22 '09 at 0:07
    
the 3008 seems to have a full-size DisplayPort port the 3007 seems to have a Dual-Link DVI port – GameFreak Sep 22 '09 at 2:10

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