Between DVI and HDMI what is the best way to connect a full HD monitor to a PC? Is a HDMI connector sufficient or do I need a DVI connector?
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DVI came before HDMI. HDMI started out where DVI left off.
The both carry the video signal digitally.
If you have a video card with HDMI out, with a monitor with HDMI, use HDMI
If your card only has DVI out, and your monitor has DVI in, use DVI
Really no reason to buy a new video card just to have HDMI out... unless of course you also want to upgrade the video card for something faster and with more memory.
My video card has both DVI and HDMI connectors, but I am considering a new monitor that only has 2 HDMI connectors. Does this mean that HDMI will be as good if not better than DVI?
DVI and HDMI will be identical in terms of quality. If you need support for 3D you might have to go to HDMI.
The HDMI connector on most display cards carries identical DVI-D information to the DVI-I connector. You would get the same result using a DVI-D to HDMI adapter or cable.
HDMI is capable of supporting audio and additional control lines but these aren't usually supported by computer display cards.
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Recent discrete video cards and onboard video chipsets are able to send audio out via HDMI. Newer discrete cards with ATI chipsets support high bit rate 7.1 channel surround sound over HDMI, including AC-3, AAC, Dolby TrueHD and DTS Master Audio formats. I haven't been looking at NVidia video cards, but I would guess they have similar features on newer cards that include HDMI.
A TV port is only necessary if someone wants to use their computer with an SDTV, an older HD-ready TV or an older HDTV. However, HTPC enthusiasts who want to play Blu-Ray discs using their PC can only use HDMI and DVI because of HDCP.
Analog connections look to be on their way out, in general. They are beginning to disapear from new TVs. S-Video inputs are absent on most of the new TVs I've been looking at. I seem to remember at least one TV with a DVI port but not a VGA port. Component connections may go next. Component video is being phased out on Blu-Ray players. Most newer DVD players and HD cable boxes include HDMI, and their owners generally prefer to use HDMI if they have a free HDMI input on the TV.