What you need to know
- OWC has announced a new adapter that takes a single Thunderbolt port and runs two 8K displays off of it.
- Thunderbolt to Dual DisplayPort Adapter is available now for $78.
OWC today announced a new adapter that can take a single Thunderbolt port and turn it into two DisplayPort 1.4 connectors, perfect for powering up to two 8K displays at the same time.
The adapter, which is available for $78 from OWC, is a little black puck that can be used with Macs as well as iPads, although the latter is limited to just a single display.
In terms of resolution, users can expect 4K at 60Hz for the most part, while 8K at 30Hz is as much as you're going to get if you're using two monitors — and even then, only with Display Stream Compression (DSC) enabled.
- Single display up to 8K @ 30Hz or 8K @ greater than 30Hz with DSC
- Dual display up to 4K @ 60Hz, 4K @ 144Hz with DSC, or 8K with DSC
Additionally, the new adapter is BUS-powered, meaning you won't need to take an additional power supply when you're on the move.
Whether you're using this with an iPad Pro or a Mac, this is a great addition to anyone's arsenal if they need to spend time powering external displays and have a Thunderbolt port to spare.
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