ritchy 19:24 31 Jan 2005

hello room.......ime currently in the middle of picking a new tft monitor and i dont know what "dvi connectivity" means. your help will be appreciated thanks

  PA28 19:30 31 Jan 2005

Digital Video Input - your graphics card must support this for it to be of any use. It will be fitted with a conventional Analogue input as well. In theory DVI provides better quality as there's less stages of conversion of the video signal. In practice, feedback reviews indicate only a little difference and that the connecting cable may be a greater factor.

  PA28 19:31 31 Jan 2005

ps - who the hell is room????

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 19:31 31 Jan 2005

Some graphics cards have two outlet connections

digital output from your graphics card to the monitor.

and the old VGA that CRT monitors use.

dvi is better quality as not converted before sending to monitor.

  freaky 21:34 31 Jan 2005

Whatever TFT Monitor you buy will only come with in an Analogue Cable.

If your Graphics Card has a DVI connector as well as an Analogue connector, then you will need to buy a DVI Cable.

If you use your PC for games and/or graphic intensive programs, and your graphic card has a DVI socket, then get a DVI cable. Otherwise just use the cable supplied with your TFT.

Your TFT will perform better with DVI as they are Digital rather than Analogue. If they receive an analogue signal then it has to convert the signal to digital. This would cause a small detioration in picture quality.

This would not be very apparent unless you played games

  HXP 23:02 31 Jan 2005

I have a sharp TFT with both connectors and a video card with both outputs analogue and DVI.

I connected up using analogue and picture was fine I have it connected up DVI and again that is fine.

Can't say I was amazed either way but games look good - refresh rate is important mine is 16ms which is ok for games < 16 ms I guess would be better ?

No dead pixels which is a big bonus as well


  HXP 23:03 31 Jan 2005

My sharp came with both analogue and digital connectors in the box ;-)

  ritchy 16:50 01 Feb 2005

ok i think i understand, but how do i know if my graphics card is geared up for a dvi connection

  Gongoozler 17:23 01 Feb 2005

If it is DVI compatible, it will have a DVI connector click here

  Gongoozler 17:26 01 Feb 2005

This looks like a useful link as well click here

  freaky 20:25 01 Feb 2005

To know if your graphic card has a DVI connector as well as an Analogue, then you will have an extra socket which is about 35 mm wide, next to the analogue socket.

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