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HDMI video card advantage?

HDMI video card advantage?

HDMI video card advantage?

(OP)
Hi all,
I've heard some say that there is a 'huge' advantage to using an HDMI interface to the monitor rather than dvi.  I'm wondering is this true?

In general, I'm not a gamer, my quality needs are more for still graphics editing and some HD video editing.  I've got an HP lp2475w monitor with HDMI inputs, and I'm wondering if it's worth getting a new video card with an HDMI-out just to use that interface.  

So I guess, assuming the cards is of equal performance, what would be the practical difference between hooking up the monitor with the DVI as opposed to using the HDMI?
Thanks,
--Jim

RE: HDMI video card advantage?

You shouldn't notice that big of a difference unless you are hooking up your PC to a high definition TV.  For PC monitors, I think DVI is just fine.  I wouldn't spend the money on a new vid card right now.  Maybe one day when everything is high def, but like I said, I think you are okay with DVI for now...

RE: HDMI video card advantage?

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You shouldn't notice that big of a difference
There is NO difference!!!

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A DVI signal is electrically compatible with an HDMI video signal; no signal conversion is required when an adapter or asymmetric cable is used, and consequently no loss in video quality occurs.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HDMI#Compatibility_with_DVI

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HDMI and DVI actually are more alike than they are different. Both of these support the transmission of digital signals. Both DVI and HDMI are based on specifications that are similar, because HDMI specification was derived from the specification for DVI.

There are two important differences between DVI and HDMI. The first difference is that HDMI technology incorporates content security that is called High Definition Content Protection, also known as HDCP. The other huge difference between Digital Video Interface and High Definition Multimedia Interface is that DVI can only support digital video, and HDMI can support audio and video on the same cable.
http://www.abccables.com/info-dvi-hdmi.html
so should you change to HDMI, probably not at this time, unless you have a BlueRay drive and a Graphics card that supports HD-Audio, and as mentioned a TV that sports HDMI input...

Ben
"If it works don't fix it! If it doesn't use a sledgehammer..."
How to ask a question, when posting them to a professional forum.
Only ask questions with yes/no answers if you want "yes" or "no"

RE: HDMI video card advantage?

(OP)
Thanks very much, that confirmed what I was thinking,
--Jim

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