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Ever since I bought the Dell U2713HM monitor, I've had it plugged into my hackintosh and never considered using it with my Retina MacBook Pro, recently I wanted to find out if it is possible to get the full 2560x1440 resolution from the rMBP.

The short answer is yes, it is doable.
If you want to connect this monitor to a USB-C MacBook Pro, check out this article instead!


The long answer is a little bit more involved. I've tested a bunch of different cables and adapters to see what works and what doesn't. Below are my findings.

This is the configuration of the rMBP used for this test:

The first cable I tested was a Mini-Display Port to HDMI.

Resolution: 1920 x 1080 @ 60 Hz
Pixel Depth: 32-Bit Color (ARGB8888)

Next up was the Mini-Display Port to Display Port cable.

Resolution: 2560 x 1440 @ 60 Hz
Pixel Depth: 32-Bit Color (ARGB8888)

Then was time to use the Apple Mini-Display Port to DVI adapter with a DVI to HDMI cable.

Resolution: 1920 x 1080 @ 60 Hz
Pixel Depth: 32-Bit Color (ARGB8888)

After this I tried the Apple Mini-Display Port to DVI adapter with a Dual-Link DVI cable.

Resolution: 1920 x 1080 @ 60 Hz
Pixel Depth: 32-Bit Color (ARGB8888)

Last combination was the Apple Mini-Display Port to VGA adapter with a VGA cable.

The picture quality was terrible using a VGA cable.

Resolution: 2048 x 1152 @ 60 Hz
Pixel Depth: 32-Bit Color (ARGB8888)
Adapter Firmware Version: 1.03

It looks like the Apple DVI Adapter and a HDMI connection are the most limitation configurations. The VGA cable picture was terrible and not usable with colour bleed and ghosting. The best option is to use a mini-DP to DP cable.


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