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Single link DVI vs Dual link DVI

Last response: in Graphics & Displays
January 1, 2007 12:23:36 AM

I understand the difference in resolution of the two types of DVI.

Hopefully, someone can give me a definitive answer to my question.

Can you use a single link cable (18-pin cable) in a dual link monitor/video card (24-pin female)?

I can simply try it out but I want to ensure that I won't lose quality. It's a matter of using a $25 dual link DVI cable or a free single link.
January 2, 2007 1:26:32 PM


I'll just bump it once. No one can answer this question? Come on DVI geeks!
January 2, 2007 2:08:21 PM

dual-link DVI is for high-resolution, up to 1920x1200 60hz you are good with a ingle-link, above that (up to 2560x1600) you need dual-link.

so if the resolution is 1920x1200 or below then single link should be fine, otherwise you need dual-link, the plugs should be cross-compatible.

Good luck
January 2, 2007 5:44:04 PM

Thank you, giblet!

since my monitor has max res of 1440x900. I should be good with the single link then.