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The new MacBook Pro Retina can work with 4K displays at 60Hz… but only in Windows

The high graphics power and huge definition of its panels are undoubtedly the best features of the MacBook Pro with retinal display . This allows you to work with an additional screen, making this notebook a true workstation. But interestingly enough, this workstation can be more powerful on Windows than on OS X . 9to5mac> Mac4everEn Apple

That’s what they’ve discovered in Mac4ever: The latest models of MacBook Pro retinal displays work seamlessly with the Sharp PN-K321 (sold as an option when configuring a Mac Pro) 60Hz displays – but only if you’re running Windows 8.1. With OS X Mavericks you must set them to 30 Hz .

The new MacBook Pro Retina can work with 4K displays at 60Hz… but only in Windows
The new MacBook Pro Retina can work with 4K displays at 60Hz… but only in Windows

Let’s do some numbers: we need 8 Gbs to transmit a 4K image , something that can be perfectly achieved with Thunderbolt connections and their 10 Gbs bandwidth. But sending a 4K image at 60 Hz requires 16 Gbs of data, so we need the 20 Gbs Thunderbolt 2 connection and the Multi-Stream Transport technology to be able to send two images combined with each other to form the complete image.

The drivers present in OS X Mavericks cannot do that, and consequently the image appears distorted. Apple itself warns on its support page that we have to manually configure the 4K panels using their own internal settings, and that at the moment this only works on Mac Pro. Retina display MacBook Pro will have to wait for a software update from Apple.

It always happens that we have a new and surprising technology (I remember Jobs presenting the 30 inch screen and his need to use two graphics cards): Macs support it but only in professional cases first and with “fixes” . 4K screens are still very expensive for the general user, but let’s hope that Apple has already solved this problem by the time they become more accessible to everyone.

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