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Use DVI versus HDMI when buying a new video card?

Asked by elbanditoroso (15947 points ) September 5th, 2012

For a variety of reasons, I’m buying a new video card for my desktop computer. The video card has both a DVI connector and an HDMI connector, and the monitor has both as well.

Which should I use?

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Tropical_Willie's avatar

HDMI is for HD video and audio. Does the monitor have speakers built-in?

If so use the HDMI otherwise DVI and feed the audio to whatever audio speaker system you have.

Lightlyseared's avatar

DVI and HDMI are essentially the same thing except that HDMI allows for audio as well. The video component is identical and it only requires a simple apater to plug to a HDMI cable into a DVI connector and vice-versa. Use what ever you have the cable for.

RocketGuy's avatar

HDMI also allows encryption so that you can’t duplicate a video transmission from one player to multiple screens. That makes it hard to play Blu-Ray movies on a computer – you need an HDMI output going into an HDMI screen. For other computer-related videos, HDMI and DVI are about the same.

Lightlyseared's avatar

@RocketGuy DVI can carry the same encrtyption info as HDMI (as can display port) and you can display blurays via DVI to a montior without problems (as long as the monitor has HDCP which most do assuming they were made in the last 5 years or so).

RocketGuy's avatar

My monitor did not have HDCP :(

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