Add a DVI Port to Your USB-C or Thunderbolt™ 3 System

main Today Plugable is launching our USB-C to DVI “Alt Mode” adapter, the most recent addition in our family of USB-C graphics adapter and peripherals. The new USBC-DVI adapter adds a DVI output port on compatible systems with USB Type C “DisplayPort Alternate Mode” or Thunderbolt™ 3 technology to connect to displays with a DVI input. Alongside our existing USB-C DisplayPort, HDMI 2.0, and VGA graphics adapters, we now offer a complete lineup of adapters to enable you to connect virtually any display to your USB-C or Thunderbolt 3 system.

USB Type C Alternate Mode provides a direct video line to the system’s graphics processor on supported systems, enabling an additional high performance graphics port with minimal expense. The USBC-DVI adapter supports resolutions up to 1920×1200@60Hz on monitors, TVs or projectors.

Some of the popular current systems that support DisplayPort Alt Mode are the Apple Retina MacBook 12″ (2015 and 2016), Google Chromebook Pixel (2015), Dell XPS 9350 and 9550 (13″ and 15″), Lenovo Thinkpad P50, Razer Blade Stealth, most Thunderbolt 3 systems, and more new systems to be released this year and beyond. We recommend checking with your system’s manufacturer regarding Alternate Mode capability via USB Type-C or on our USBC-DVI product page as we update compatibility information as more systems are coming out and tested.

1-in_useIt is important to note that due to the unique way Apple MacBooks handle HDCP copy-protection certification, our adapter will likely yield undesirable performance if used with a legacy monitor that does not support HDCP over the DVI port along with a MacBook system, though most modern DVI monitors do support this feature. If you are unsure if your monitor supports HDCP, the monitor manufacturer is the best resource to confirm if this feature is present.

Please just comment below or email if you have any questions and we will be happy to help!

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9 comments on “Add a DVI Port to Your USB-C or Thunderbolt™ 3 System”

  1. Jeff Hershberger Reply

    Does this work with the new 2017 iMac? I want to connect my current 23″ Apple Cinema Display as a second monitor.

    • David Washburn Reply

      Hi Jeff, thanks for asking! Our adapter is compatible with the new 2017 iMac, but it is not compatible with Apple Cinema Displays, unfortunately.

      • Jeff Hershberger Reply

        Just curious, but why wouldn’t it work for that monitor? It’s just DVI in. Other DVI adapters such as thunderbolt/mini display port to DVI work. Its not the 30″ with dual link DVI. Is there some other difference? My issue has been finding thunderbolt 3 / USB-C adapters that are compatible with the new iMac.

        • David Washburn Reply

          We have found that the connected Apple Cinema Display will flicker and not provide a stable connection. This occurs on even the models using Single-Link DVI connectors.

  2. Tom Beale Reply

    Hi there, I’ve been trying a DVI cable from a monitor, to a DVI to Mini Display Port Adapter, and into a Thunderbolt 2 to USB C adapter, into a laptop. Yet this isn’t working, the laptop doesn’t see the monitor. Any ideas?

    • David Washburn Reply

      Hi Tom, thanks for asking. Would you be using a Plugable adapter in this connection chain? We’d be happy to help look into what may be happening, if you are. Please reach out to our direct support email address at with ‘Ticket number 189818’ in the subject line. We’ll match everything up and go from there.

      • Terry Trotman Reply

        Where can I find an adapter that works with the Apple Cinema display dvi and a thunderbolt 3 Connection on the opposite side

        • David Washburn Reply

          Hi Terry, thanks for posting! Unfortunately, we do not offer an adapter that is compatible with Apple Cinema Displays nor can we speak to any success of potential adapters on the market since we have no experience with them. To point you in the right direction, you would want to find a USB-C/Thunderbolt 3 to Dual-Link DVI adapter to support the Apple Cinema Display Dual-Link DVI connection. I am sorry that we can’t be of more help!

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