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December 10, 2010 7:33:27 AM

I ordered the EVGA SuperClocked 015-P3-1582-AR GeForce GTX 580 (Fermi) and a Dell UltraSharp U3011 monitor. The GTX 580 has two DVI-I ports and one mini-HDMI port. The monitor has two HDMI, two DVI-D, one DP and one VGA.

Is it best to hook the monitor to the PCI using HDMI or DVI, or does it not mattery? Will they both allow for the sam maximum resolution of the monitor?

I apologize if this is a silly question or if it has already been answered.

Thank you.

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a b U Graphics card
December 10, 2010 7:47:47 AM

It doesn't matter much.

HDMI = DVI + Sound. So the video display output is the same. But if it suits you, connect it to the HDMI.
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December 10, 2010 11:00:27 AM

hell_storm2004 said:
It doesn't matter much.

HDMI = DVI + Sound. So the video display output is the same. But if it suits you, connect it to the HDMI.



Oh ok. Thank you. I won't need sound as I have a dedicated sound card for that. But I will use HDMI connection.

Thanks.
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December 10, 2010 1:54:31 PM

No, if you want to run at 2560*1600 you need dual link dvi or displayport which your card doesn't have. Which I'm sure you do or you wouldn't drop 1500 on a display.
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December 10, 2010 6:58:54 PM

There are Two Dual Link DVI-I and a Mini HDMI port on the GTX 580.

If you're going to be using the DVI port you will definitely require a DVI Dual Link cable otherwise you will be limited to a maximum resolution of 1280 x 800 with a Single Link DVI cable.
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December 10, 2010 10:12:28 PM

Not sure why microterf says my card doesn't have dual link. Below are what the specs say:


GTX 580:
One mini HDMI
Two Dual Link DVI-I HDCP Capable Connectors
Max Resolution 2560 x 1600


Dell UltraSharp U3011
One Display Port
Two HDMI 1.3 connectors
Two DVI-D Dual Link connectors
Max Resolution 2560 x 1600

The monitor came with a VGA, DVI and Display Port cable. I believe the cable is dual link. The cable does fit in both the monitor DVI sockets and the GTX-580 socket. So I assume if I use this DVI cable to connect both I should be able to use monitor at maximum resolution?

Here is a quick pic I put together:

http://img703.imageshack.us/f/dviconnections.jpg
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December 10, 2010 10:17:02 PM

You assume correctly on the cable usage.
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December 10, 2010 10:25:18 PM

ko888 said:
You assume correctly on the cable usage.


Thank you. I'm still not clear on what DVI-I does. It allows for analog as well as digital? So there are DVI analog connections?
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December 10, 2010 11:30:29 PM

No. I was saying your card doesn't have displayport. I was saying that you need the dual link dvi. Can't use the hdmi. The U3011 comes with a dual link dvi cable.
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December 11, 2010 4:24:51 AM

microterf said:
No. I was saying your card doesn't have displayport. I was saying that you need the dual link dvi. Can't use the hdmi. The U3011 comes with a dual link dvi cable.


Oh ok, my apologies. Thank you.
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December 11, 2010 4:39:56 AM

magicanthony said:
Oh ok, my apologies. Thank you.


My fault, not very good at using commas to separate statements. :) 
Do you have the stuff yet, hook it up? I was about to cry when I got my U3011, I hooked it up, got a bunch of flashing pixels all over. I thought I was gonna have to RMA
it, but it turned out to be the DVI cable. It was just bad. Luckily when I ordered my 3008wfp I ordered a second Dual Link DVI cable because I wasn't sure if it came with one or not. When I hooked that one up, it worked perfectly, you should love it.
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December 11, 2010 4:40:20 AM

You can use HDMI if you have a HDMI Male to HDMI mini Male cable. You can get a 10 FT. one from Newegg for less than $15 if that is the direction you want to go.
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December 11, 2010 4:51:49 AM

Not if he wants 2560x
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December 11, 2010 5:17:25 AM

I have all the parts for my new build but have not had a chance to build it yet. Probably won't build for another week. I did hook up the monitor to my existing computer with the DVI cable to test it and it worked fine (although the video card could not bet set at the maximum resolution of the monitor). But the monitor looked great with no dead pixels, etc. Below are my specs:


--OS: - Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate (64 bit)
--Video Editing Software: Adobe Creative Suite 5 (CS5) Production Premium
--Monitor: - Dell UltraSharp U3011 30-inch Widescreen (w/ PremierColor)
--Case: - COOLER MASTER HAF X RC-942-KKN1 Black Steel/ Plastic ATX Full Tower Computer Case
--Motherboard: MSI Big Bang-XPower LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
--CPU: - Intel Core i7-980X Extreme Edition Gulftown 3.33GHz LGA 1366 130W Six-Core Desktop Processor
--CPU Cooler: - Liquid Cooler - CoolIT Systems VAN-R120 Vantage A.L.C. CPU Cooler
--Power Supply: - CORSAIR Professional Series AX1200 1200W ATX12V v2.31 Certified 80 PLUS GOLD Modular Power Supply
--Sound Card: - Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium Fatal1ty Champion Series 7.1 Channels PCI Express Interface
--Video Card: - EVGA SuperClocked 015-P3-1582-AR GeForce GTX 580 (Fermi) 1536MB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16
--Memory: - G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 24GB (6 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)
--Memory Cooler: - G.SKILL FTB-3500C5-D Fans
--1st Hard Drive: - Intel X25-E Extreme 64GB SATA II SLC Internal Solid state disk (SSD)
--2nd Hard Drive - Intel X25-E Extreme 64GB SATA II SLC Internal Solid state disk (SSD)
--3rd Hard Drive: - Western Digital VelociRaptor 600GB 10000 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s
--4th Hard Drive: -Seagate Barracuda XT 2TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s
--1st Optical Drive: - LG WH10LS30K 10X Blu-ray Burner - LightScribe Support
--2nd Optical Drive: - LG WH10LS30K 10X Blu-ray Burner - LightScribe Support
--Keyboard/Mouse: - Logitech MX 5500 Revolution Black Bluetooth Cordless Desktop Standard keyboard & Mouse Kit
--Card Reader: Nippon Labs Delux 3.5" Internal All In One Card Reader/Writer with USB2.0 & eSATA Ports
--Speakers: - Altec Lansing ADA995 5.1 surround speakers
--Logitech QuickCam Pro 9000 2.0 M Effective Pixels USB 2.0 WebCam
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December 11, 2010 5:22:55 AM

microterf said:
Not if he wants 2560x

You're right. The monitor only has 19-pin HDMI Type A which is equivalent to single-link DVI-D.
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December 11, 2010 2:12:44 PM

lmao, me too. This thread got confusing for a simple question. lol
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a b U Graphics card
December 11, 2010 2:21:53 PM

if you can't answer this question yourself then you do not deserve a gtx 580, return it immediately... Rich kids these days...I mean its really nessessary to have two ssds and 2 blurays drives what a joke and waste of money.
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a b U Graphics card
December 11, 2010 2:45:54 PM

jjb8675309 said:
if you can't answer this question yourself then you do not deserve a gtx 580, return it immediately... Rich kids these days...I mean its really nessessary to have two ssds and 2 blurays drives what a joke and waste of money.

Sorry, let him be the judge of his money and hobby.
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December 11, 2010 2:50:57 PM

notty22 said:
Sorry, let him be the judge of his money and hobby.



I will just seemed like that money could be directed in different ways depending on what his purpose is, but still way overkill probly for what he will do.
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December 11, 2010 4:14:55 PM

jjb8675309 said:
if you can't answer this question yourself then you do not deserve a gtx 580, return it immediately... Rich kids these days...I mean its really nessessary to have two ssds and 2 blurays drives what a joke and waste of money.


I'm going to just assume that was written in a drunken bitter rage...

Remember a couple things. I don't care if anyone here has their MCSE, CCNA, A+, or whatever. The forums are here to get help and answer others questions.
We all started somewhere. There is no reason to flame someone for asking a question. If you don't like the question, or refuse to answer even if you can, fine. Just don't post then...
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December 11, 2010 4:16:57 PM

jjb8675309 said:
I will just seemed like that money could be directed in different ways depending on what his purpose is, but still way overkill probly for what he will do.



btw, I only use my computer to play solitaire and check my e-mail. ;) 
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a b U Graphics card
December 11, 2010 4:18:48 PM

far from a drunken rage at 10am on a saturday, but I will keep it to myself.
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December 11, 2010 4:21:05 PM

microterf said:
btw, I only use my computer to play solitaire and check my e-mail. ;) 


yeah right and im sure you get 500000 fps on your crt in solitaire with your 580s
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a b U Graphics card
December 11, 2010 4:24:38 PM

I can def respect the fact that the OP picked some prime top of the line parts however, def did not go cheap when it came to quality, that is good
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December 11, 2010 6:06:27 PM

Yes I will be using my computer to play solitaire as well. I just wanted to make sure solitaire was really fast.

I'm not rich, and I'm not a kid. Just been saving a long time and like to get the best I can so it lasts the longest. I thought things out and have resons for all the parts I chose. Maybe I didn't make the best or most cost effective choices but I am satisfied with the decisions I made. I did research and posted questions on other forums for help. I was just a little confused about single and dual link DVI and the resolution that HDMI provides. I did compare specs and resolution of the video card and monitor to make sure they matched so I was pretty sure they were compatible. But that doesn't mean I may get confused at some things or ask a silly question sometime. Thanks for the help.
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a b U Graphics card
December 11, 2010 7:32:46 PM

Yeah sorry, no disrespect. Good luck to you, there is no doubt you will have one killer machine when its all said and done. I would have very little doubts in the gtx 580s capabilities, especially since it will be paired with an ample and powerful system with high quality components at its core. Whenever you go for the top of the line you should never be disappointed, and in your case I'm sure your new build will soar.
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December 11, 2010 11:55:34 PM

jjb8675309 said:
Yeah sorry, no disrespect. Good luck to you, there is no doubt you will have one killer machine when its all said and done. I would have very little doubts in the gtx 580s capabilities, especially since it will be paired with an ample and powerful system with high quality components at its core. Whenever you go for the top of the line you should never be disappointed, and in your case I'm sure your new build will soar.



No problem. Thanks.
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December 22, 2010 4:42:23 AM

Best answer selected by magicanthony.
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