Types & Uses of Monitor Input Cables

Submitted by skipclarke on 17 August, 2006 - 17:42

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Use of different cable types, may greatly affect your viewing quality depending on your output device (DVD, PC GFX card, console,TV box & etc), as well as your viewing device (PC Monitor or HDTV) Some combinations work great - others work dreadfully.

DVI Connectors

DVI TypesDVI can only send video signals

  • DVI-D (digital only)
  • DVI-A (analog only)
  • DVI-I (digital & analog)

The difference between dual and single link DVI is an increased bandwidth. Not all GFX and other products support dual link DVI. Since your screens native resolution is below a single link DVI`s maximum resolution with a good margine, you will have no benifits with it at all.

A single link DVI can do a teoretical resolution of 1920x1200 by using reduced blanking mode (blanking mode is something CRT needs, not LCD's). But, a single link DVI is optimal at 1600x1200 and anything above is dependent much on cable and also on hardware connected.

HDMI (High-Definition Multimedia Interface)

HDMI cables sends both video and audio signals.

HDMI cable HDMI Pins