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Add dual 4K displays to your Intel Mac with OWC’s new adapter

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OWC's new adapter helps you drive two displays with your Intel-based Mac or iPad.
OWC's new adapter helps you drive two displays with your Intel-based Mac or iPad.
Photo: OWC

At Cult of Mac we’re always going on about M1 Macs, but here’s something for the Intel Mac crowd. OWC launched a new DisplayPort adapter allowing you to connect two 4K displays or one 8K display to your Intel-based Mac or iPad using a single Thunderbolt port.

OWC Thunderbolt to Dual DisplayPort Adapter

OWC’s new Thunderbolt to Dual DisplayPort Adapter uses DisplayPort 1.4. It enables better performance and higher resolution in multi-monitor computer setups.

The adapter supports Thunderbolt compatibility. And it’s bus-powered, so you’ll have no need of other power adapters.

The adapter supports one 8K display at 30Hz (or 8K) at more than 30Hz using display stream compression (DSC). Or, it can drive up to two 4K displays at 60Hz, 4K at 144Hz with DSC or 8K with DSC.

Additionally, the new adapter works with HDR content and multichannel digital audio formats. It features one Thunderbolt 3 port and two DisplayPort 1.4 ports.

Small and portable

Made to be portable, the adapter weighs in at about 55 grams. It could work well for folks who need to bring their own devices to work or school.

And, while it supports Macs, of course, it can also connect Thunderbolt-equipped iPads to external displays.

Note that OWC‘s Thunderbolt to Dual DisplayPort Adapter won’t help you use two monitors with M1-powered Macs.

Although macOS can support multiple monitors, the M1 chip currently only works natively with a single external display running over Thunderbolt with MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, Mac mini and iPads (though the M1 Mac mini can support two external monitors if one is connected via HDMI and one via USB-C).

Price: $78

Where to buy: OWC