How important is DVI?

Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by Vanquished, Jan 15, 2011.

  1. Vanquished

    Vanquished Mr. Bananagrabber Political User

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    Hey everyone,
    I just got a new monitor AOC e2243Fw 21.5 Widescreen LED Monitor - 1080p, 1920x1080, 16:9, 50,000,000:1 Dynamic, 5ms, VGA, DVI at TigerDirect.com

    And it doesn't come with a DVI cable, I Have a spare adapter (DVI to VGA that came with the card so I will still be able to do dual monitors) but I was wondering if I should spend the money on a DVI cable to make the image better. Does it make a noticeable difference (I was wondering specifically on a monitor this size since on my 17inch I have now, thats not super high-resolution Im sure I couldn't tell the difference.)

    Also, does the cable matter if I do get a DVI cable, I found a 6 foot cable on sale on Amazon thats a CablesToGo for 10 bucks from 22, and it got a lot of good reviews, Without springing for a Monster which I think is a waste are there other brands that need to be had?

    Thanks!
     
  2. Johnny

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    DVI is better in the regard that it is digital and VGA is analog. DVI is a step down from HDMI, and VGA is a step down from DVI.
     
  3. Vanquished

    Vanquished Mr. Bananagrabber Political User

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    Ok then, will purchase a DVI cable right about now lol. Thanks for the help.
     
  4. dreamliner77

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  5. LeeJend

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    Go DVI. Guy at work just got a computer upgrade annd they did not have 2 DVI cables. The montor they stuck him with a VGA cable on is illegible. He's not happy.
     
  6. LordOfLA

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    DVI = HDMI

    HDMI just added audio transit as well
     
  7. dreamliner77

    dreamliner77 The Analog Kid

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    Yeah, what lord said.
     
  8. Bman

    Bman OSNN Veteran Original

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    I use HDMI with my monitor, because I enjoy the cable design better, and the whole HD is HDMI makes me feel better lol Even though I know DVI is the same.

    I just wish video cards would incorporate sound into it, or something. Would be sweet.
     
  9. LordOfLA

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    ATI 5000 series or nvidia gt400/500 do :)
     
  10. Bman

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    I have a 5000 series card, and no it doesn't....Unless I am missing something.
     
  11. Johnny

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    If it has an HDMI connection then it supports high bit rate audio. At least the 5870 does.

    ATI Radeon
     
  12. Bman

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    Huh, so does the 5850, but I am pretty sure when I had my tv hooked up to my video card there was no sound coming from the tv, hmm must try again.
     
  13. LordOfLA

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    You need to run it through a Dolby TrueHD or DTS Master Audio receiver first. Your TV on its own won't recognise the audio signal.
     
  14. Bman

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    Ah yes, good point lol