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Windows 7: VGA vs DVI vs HDMI

28 Sep 2009   #11
thefabe

Windows 7 ultimate 64 bit / XP Home sp3
 
 

Great artical. Wish I would have read this before I spent 15.00 for a dvi to hdmi cable. reason being I'm not streaming audio from my sound card to my video card(right?) so I didn't get anything better than if I just went dvi to dvi with the cable provided. If I comprehended the artical(s) from stormy13 correctly


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28 Sep 2009   #12
stormy13
Microsoft MVP

Win 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Criminal Fetus View Post

It really doesn't until you hook up two
Yep. One is primary and one is secondary, but can easily be changed once in Windows in either Windows on display properties or your video cards. Don't have it enabled ATM, but that is what I do with my onboard (connected to a 32" LCD TV, and allows me to continue using my other two monitors), as it defaults to being on the right; just open the display properties and it is as easy as just dragging and dropping them in the order you want them.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by thefabe View Post
Great artical. Wish I would have read this before I spent 15.00 for a dvi to hdmi cable. reason being I'm not streaming audio from my sound card to my video card(right?) so I didn't get anything better than if I just went dvi to dvi with the cable provided. If I comprehended the artical(s) from stormy13 correctly
Pretty much. Probably find it was those aforementioned jokers from Monster that started the whole "HDMI is better than DVI" thing. They have to justify their 500% markup somehow.

P.S. For anyone looking for cheap good quality cables and don't know about the place,

http://www.monoprice.com/home/index.asp

and they also ship to Canada (try and keep it under $20-25 to avoid and duty and taxes).
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28 Sep 2009   #13
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Thanks Stormy!
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28 Sep 2009   #14
Zahl

windows 8.1 Pro x64
 
 

Just a heads up that the dvi ports do carry audio on these cards. I run dvi to hdmi cables -i never use or recommend adapters- on both my monitor and TV as neither have a dvi port lol. But like others said you wont notice a difference between dvi or hdmi; vga is another story though

Edit- Also the dvi port closest to the pci-e connector is always port #1 but it don't make a difference. Its an easy way to remember.
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28 Sep 2009   #15
logicearth

Windows 10 Pro (x64)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Criminal Fetus View Post
...I would use the DVI to HDMI adapter if i were you. You'll still get optimal resolution
How would you get optimal resolution with HDMI and not DVI? Since after all HDMI is just a different way to connect DVI with audio included.
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28 Sep 2009   #16
Criminal Fetus

Windows 7 7600RTM X64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by logicearth View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Criminal Fetus View Post
...I would use the DVI to HDMI adapter if i were you. You'll still get optimal resolution
How would you get optimal resolution with HDMI and not DVI? Since after all HDMI is just a different way to connect DVI with audio included.
Read better, sir. I didn't say it was better than DVi, i did however, comment that in his situation i would just go ahead and use the adapter if he wants to use the hdmi connector on the new monitor he's gettin.
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29 Sep 2009   #17
A320

Win 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by stormy13 View Post

P.S. For anyone looking for cheap good quality cables and don't know about the place,

HDMI Cable, Home Theater Accessories, HDMI Products, Cables, Adapters, Video/Audio Switch, Networking, USB, Firewire, Printer Toner, and more!

and they also ship to Canada (try and keep it under $20-25 to avoid and duty and taxes).
Thanks for the link. Good prices but the shipping to Canada kills it. I found a 6' gold plated cable locally for $14.95, seems reasonable.
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29 Sep 2009   #18
grimreaper

Windows 7 Ultimate X64
 
 

I have used DVI from my 280GTX to my TV, awesome resolution.
I am currently using a DVI to HDMI adapter from my 280GTX to my TV, awesome resolution.
No difference.
and I use Monster 1000hd cables(eBay is so nice to use)
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