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Windows 7: Display Port or HDMI

10 Apr 2012   #1
HammerHead

win 7 X64 Ultimate SP1
 
 
Display Port or HDMI

Just purchased a new Mobo (Asus P8Z77-V Deluxe). Haven't bought the CPU. I am waithing on the new 22nm models. After taking a close look at the display outputs on the mobo I have a choice of HDMI or Display Port. None of my existing monitors have ports for that. Soooo I guess I get a new display.

What should I be looking at as far as cables and the choice between HDMI or Display Port. I am not familiar with either one. Also I am assuming the cabling is different for the two ports.


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10 Apr 2012   #2
profdlp

Main - Windows 7 Pro SP1 64-Bit; 2nd - Windows Server 2008 R2
 
 

You can find adapters to allow you to use either with DVI. If your current monitor needs replacing anyway, an HDMI-native model will be cheaper than the DP version.

It can get more complicated if you have plans for multiple monitors down the road.
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10 Apr 2012   #3
HammerHead

win 7 X64 Ultimate SP1
 
 
Adapters?

Great idea. I have never seen one. I'll look around.
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10 Apr 2012   #4
profdlp

Main - Windows 7 Pro SP1 64-Bit; 2nd - Windows Server 2008 R2
 
 

Newegg.com - $0 - $10, hdmi to dvi

Newegg.com - display port to dvi

Note: Pay attention to the Male/Female connection alternatives. M/M is most likely what you'll want.

If you go the Display Port route, I'd recommend getting an Active type adapter. It will leave you with more flexibility in the future.

The motherboard may also include an HDMI-to-DVI adapter - check before you spend any money.
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10 Apr 2012   #5
HammerHead

win 7 X64 Ultimate SP1
 
 
Male to Male

M/M is correct. I found this which has got my interest. I wont't have a dongle hangin' out on one end.

HDMI-DVI Cables

What do you think?

It's right at the top of the page.
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10 Apr 2012   #6
profdlp

Main - Windows 7 Pro SP1 64-Bit; 2nd - Windows Server 2008 R2
 
 

I'm using two of them, and I agree - the fewer connectors along the way the better.
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10 Apr 2012   #7
smarteyeball

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by profdlp View Post

If you go the Display Port route, I'd recommend getting an Active type adapter. It will leave you with more flexibility in the future.
Actually, a passive one should be okay with a native display port capable monitor.

(When I had my 5970+eyefinity, I simply used the supplied passive DP cable for my monitors native DP input without any dramas.)


Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by HammerHead View Post
What do you think?

It's right at the top of the page.
That'd work.
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10 Apr 2012   #8
HammerHead

win 7 X64 Ultimate SP1
 
 
Mobo Box

There was none included in with the Mobo I checked after you mentioned it. I think those adapter are normally included with a graphics adapter. I must have a gazillion DVI to VGA adapters. I throw some of them away everyonce in awhile.

I checked the EVGA site and some of their cards are packaging the DVI to HDMI adapters now. The newer boards with on board graphics ports will possibly start including them with the board or they could just leave it to the grapics vendors but that remains to be seen.
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10 Apr 2012   #9
HammerHead

win 7 X64 Ultimate SP1
 
 
Active Vs Passive

Smartyball:

Clue me in Active versus Passive.
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10 Apr 2012   #10
kegobeer

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

A passive adapter is just a cable that connects DP to vga/dvi/etc, the video card detects the display and then sends the correct signal. An active adapter contains hardware that converts the signal from DP to vga/dvi/etc.

My two cents on DP - avoid it. At work, we have very expensive, very high quality monitors with DP inputs (with all of the other usual inputs) and very expensive and dependable video cards with dual DP outputs. DP is very flaky, sometimes losing the signal on one monitor or the other, requiring a reboot to fix things, and sometimes not supporting hot swapping cables (something dvi/hdmi/vga does not suffer) - when doing so causes loss of signal, requiring a reboot to fix. I'd go for the much more dependable HDMI interface.
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