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So I just got a DVI capable monitor...

post #1 of 14
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...what exactly does this mean, and how do I take advantage of it?

As I understand, it means it can send a digital signal, but what exactly is the advantage of this?

And how do I take advantage of it? Do I need a special cable of some sort (I don't care if I have to go buy it, that's fine as long as I get increased quality). And can anyone tell me how to tell if my computer is able to accept a DVI signal?

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post #2 of 14
DVI = Digital Video Interface. Your monitor should have come with the cable for you to hook up onto your 7900 GTX. You will see an increased clarity because the signal is not having to be changed from analog to digital. Its digital through and through.
post #3 of 14
Yeah Im running that on my monitor. You can notice a decent difference.
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So do you think the Dell E207WFP will come with a hookup (it's technically still in the mail, not actually here).

Is it fairly easy to hook up to my 7900?
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post #5 of 14
Yes it will, on both accounts. It will ONLY come with the DVI hook up I would imagine. Which will hook directly to your 7900 GTX (which has 2 DVI inputs also!). It might come with a DVI-Analog converter though (the monitor, but I doubt it).
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Hmm come to think of it, on the back of my computer there is two input slot things right where my 7900 would be. So I just plug it into that? I thought I would have to go inside my computer and do a wire job or something lol

Well that's reassuring. I've had bloody 'nuff of computer problems to have to deal with hooking crap up inside my computer and having to deal with a bazillion drivers [looks sharply at X-Fi]
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post #7 of 14
Yes you just plug in the DVI connector from your monitor into your card and there you are mate.
post #8 of 14
DVI = Digital Video Interface. The only difference I notice is the picture being a bit sharper due to the monitor not having to guess where the pixels line up with auto adjust. With digital you couldn't adjust the size even if you wanted to

Also you get some other interesting options like centered timings. When you enable that and say run a regular monitor at widescreen resolutions, it doesn't strech the picture, it just adds black bars to the top and bottom.
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post #9 of 14
Ive used DVI and have to say that i didnt Notice much of a difference...Dont get me wrong know its there but i didint see too much of a difference.
post #10 of 14
You'll need a DVI cable for direct hookup, my monitor didn't come with one, so it was another 40 bucks, @ Walmart, needed one right away. And to tell ya the truth, I didn't notice much of a difference between the DVI and the VGA, maybe it's all in the eyes.
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