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April 9, 2010 6:37:40 AM

Should I get DVI to HDMI or HDMI to HDMI?

This is my graphics card: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
This is my monitor: http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

As you can see the monitor only has an HDMI or VGA inputs.
The graphics card has both DVI and HDMI outputs.

I just want to know if the quality would be higher one way or the other.
I'm not sure but I think that maybe the graphics card is better optimized for outputing from the DVI port for gaming and the HDMI is more a port for watching videos or pictures on your HDTV but not so great for playing games.

I don't really know.

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a b U Graphics card
April 9, 2010 8:03:07 AM

AFAIK, the picture quality between VGA, DVI and HDMI with regards to game image quality is minimal. I've used both DVI to HDMI and DVI to VGA, and I cannot tell the difference. I did have a malfunction with the DVI to VGA cable, where the display pictured only covered 90% of the screen (there was a black border around the desktop, even at max resolution.)

HDMI to HDMI would be best - IIRC, HDMI transfers can transfer higher quality video images, if you're watching Blu-Ray for example, it might make a noticeable difference.
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April 9, 2010 8:39:08 AM

Use HDMI - HDMI because then you can have the sound down the same cable
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a c 275 U Graphics card
April 9, 2010 4:44:28 PM

I presume that you plan on using the speakers integrated into the display. If that is so, then using the HDMI/HDMI connection is correct. If you will be using external speakers, I think it probably does not matter.

Also, do not pay a premium for high tech hdmi cables. Since it is a digital connection, normal standard cables work just as well. a $6 6 foot cable will work just as well as a $30 6 foot cable.
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April 9, 2010 5:55:01 PM

So then what's the difference between the cables? Why does one cost $6 and one cost $30?

Also look at this page: http://benchmarkreviews.com/index.php?option=com_conten...
If you Ctrl+F and type in HDMI you will see that it says the max resolution is 1920X1200, but if you look just above the DVI has a max resolution of 2560X1600. This makes me think that the DVI port is better than the HDMI port for this card. Maybe I'm just over reacting and maybe it doesn't matter anyway since I'll be running the card through a 1920X1080 monitor anyway.

Just curious.
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a b U Graphics card
April 9, 2010 6:26:42 PM

There is a difference. Primarily it is noticed on Cable -> TV ( large screen 1080i & P). I LIKE CHEAP but the cheaper cables often cause the pitcure to freeze, blocks, and a lose of sound for several seconds. Have tried several of the cheap cables and had problems with them all. My Son sent me a "quality" HDMI cable and that fixed the problem. My Son had this problem with some "better Quality "(PS He DOES NOT use cheap ones period) cables and ended up buying the High end HDMI cable to fix the same problem.

As to computer -> monitor, I have had no problems with the Cheaper HDMI Cables.
My Monitors: Samsung 24 In Monitor/HDTV and a 27 In monitor/TV. And NO problems with the cheaper HDMI Cables. In addition to the computer, I also have connected a stand-alone Blu-ray Player with cable input.

Only on the Living Room TV have I encountered the Problem of "Cheap" vs "Quality" HDMI Cables.

The Difference is in shielding and Impeadance. Any transmision line can be reduced to an equivilant RLC which is the one problem for digital signal transmitionue to the leading/lagging transistions.
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a c 275 U Graphics card
April 9, 2010 8:39:39 PM

TheOKAY said:
So then what's the difference between the cables? Why does one cost $6 and one cost $30?

Also look at this page: http://benchmarkreviews.com/index.php?option=com_conten...
If you Ctrl+F and type in HDMI you will see that it says the max resolution is 1920X1200, but if you look just above the DVI has a max resolution of 2560X1600. This makes me think that the DVI port is better than the HDMI port for this card. Maybe I'm just over reacting and maybe it doesn't matter anyway since I'll be running the card through a 1920X1080 monitor anyway.

Just curious.


Read here for s list of the differences, and whch may apply to you:
http://www.cablesforless.com/t-CompareOurHDMICables.asp...

This company has delivered good service for me.

DVI can, with a dual link dvi cable transmit to a 2560 x 1600 device.
To my knowledge, there are no TV monitors that can exceed 1920 x 1200 with or without a HDMI connector.
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April 16, 2010 12:09:00 AM

Best answer selected by TheOKAY.
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