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Hi all,

I've been sitting at my desk today wondering about my monitor's connection to my PC.

I am currently using a DVI(?) connector to connect a Radeon HD5850 to my monitor but I have the option to use a HDMI cable.... Which is better?

I realise that I could check this by simply plugging in my spare HDMI cable but i'm currently at work

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DVI and HDMI are identical in quality. You can even convert between the two with passive adapters. So use whichever one is more convenient for you.

HDMI is basically a DVI signal with support for sound.
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DVI and HDMI are identical in quality. You can even convert between the two with passive adapters. So use whichever one is more convenient for you.

HDMI is basically a DVI signal with support for sound.
Thanks, i'm glad I asked as i'd have been swapping cables around all night attempting to determine differences!
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There's a huge difference between my HDMI and DVI connections. DVI is far superior (on my monitor), as 1080p makes text look blurry, I've tried sharpening, I've tried all the settings, HDMI just will NOT look good on my monitor.

Aside from that, you must have a fairly decent monitor, if you can't tell the difference, go by the highest resolutions and the response times (which will be roughly the same unless you have sound coming through your monitor too, and even then, literally maybe 1% difference?).
    
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DVI and HDMI are identical in quality. You can even convert between the two with passive adapters. So use whichever one is more convenient for you.

HDMI is basically a DVI signal with support for sound.
This guy is right.

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Originally Posted by Roxborough
There's a huge difference between my HDMI and DVI connections. DVI is far superior (on my monitor), as 1080p makes text look blurry, I've tried sharpening, I've tried all the settings, HDMI just will NOT look good on my monitor.

Aside from that, you must have a fairly decent monitor, if you can't tell the difference, go by the highest resolutions and the response times (which will be roughly the same unless you have sound coming through your monitor too, and even then, literally maybe 1% difference?).
This guy is either a troll or has a broken/defective/fail monitor
Make sure your HDMI connection is set to 1080p and not 1080i. Mine defaulted to i a time or two before.
Edited by Nugu - 8/3/11 at 5:36am
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There's a huge difference between my HDMI and DVI connections. DVI is far superior (on my monitor), as 1080p makes text look blurry, I've tried sharpening, I've tried all the settings, HDMI just will NOT look good on my monitor.
If that's the case your system has a defect (either on your GPU or your screen) when using HDMI. You might try a different screen or GPU and see if it still happens.
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theoretically they're meant to be exactly the same but i've seen many ppl complain about monitors not working right on either.
so use whatever works best for you.
when problems arise it could be the monitor, cables or graphics card..
    
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This guy is right.



This guy is either a troll or has a broken/defective/fail monitor
Make sure your HDMI connection is set to 1080p and not 1080i. Mine defaulted to i a time or two before.
Nothing is defective, it's not really a monitor, it's an HDTV. But honestly, there is a huge difference, there is nothing I can do about it.

It's probably because it was cheap, only £235 for a 26" @ 1920x1200 5ms 130 degree viewing angle, 1000000:1 contrast ratio, 60hz.
    
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Nothing is defective, it's not really a monitor, it's an HDTV. But honestly, there is a huge difference, there is nothing I can do about it.

It's probably because it was cheap, only £235 for a 26" @ 1920x1200 5ms 130 degree viewing angle, 1000000:1 contrast ratio, 60hz.
Does it use letterboxing when you use 1080p over HDMI? DVI will detect the 1920 x 1200 resolution and use that, HDMI will stick to standard HD resolutions and so the 1080 lines will be stretched to 1200 which makes it look like crap.

Also is the 1920x1200 even the real resolution? HDTV manufacturers are known to outright lie on screen resolution to sell TVs. My mom's 1080p television is actually only 720p. It'll accept a 1080p signal but since it doesn't physically have enough pixels it uses some crappy downscaling algorithm that makes everything look awful.
Edited by mott555 - 8/5/11 at 5:26am
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HDMI = DVI + Sound.

Anything else is just misunderstanding or some other issue.
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