Connecting a gaming PC to Apple Studio Display
…You're right, it shouldn't be this hard
I'll never forget when I bought the first 5K Retina
Almost as soon as I ripped it out of the box, I booted it while holding down
Command-F2, assuming it would support Target Display
Mode, with the intention of using its
one-of-a-kind display with my gaming PC. I was heartbroken when Mac OS X booted
anyway and I slowly realized that Target Display Mode hadn't survived the
transition to retina resolutions. And it never came back, either. (I haven't
really been happy with my
setup ever since.)
Well, here we are, 8 years later and Apple has introduced the 5K Studio Display. I ordered one the minute that they hit the store in the hope I would receive what I thought I had purchased in 2014: a single 5K Apple display that could drive both a Mac and a PC desktop. (Nevermind the fact that it's damn near the exact same panel that I bought 8 years ago.) When my Studio Display arrived, I tore it out of its environmentally-friendly origami box and excitedly plugged it into one of my Nvidia RTX 3090's DisplayPorts with a DisplayPort-to-USB-C cable.
I booted up the PC: nothing happened.