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LCD Monitors: DVI vs. VGA

by ZekeEvans / November 2, 2003 12:09 PM PST

How much of an improvement is DVI over VGA? Am I correct in saying that all ATI and nVidia cards come with DVI output nowadays?

Pricing monitors at, I'm wondering if going from an analog signal to a digital one is worth $300.

My computer will be used a lot for gaming and DVD movie watching.

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Re:LCD Monitors: DVI vs. VGA
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / November 3, 2003 8:39 AM PST


First of all, NO, not all Nvidia cards come with BOTH digital and analog output included, but "most" of the newer high end ones do. So it's a good idea to check out the card before assuming that it has both types of outputs.

In regards to DVI (digital video interface) vs VGA (anaglog) differences on various monitors, it's going to depend on the monitor and what you use it for. If you get an expensive LCD monitor, which can fully utilize the digital input, then it will probably be a better viewing experience with a digital signal. But other than that, I don't know that I've noticed the difference much. Here's a link to a good discussion about the subject. You'll notice a link posted by one of the respondents in the discussion to Tom's Hardware. Their opinion is that there really isn't much difference in the two displays.:

Subject Discussion: DVI vs. VGA

Hope this helps and it's really up to you..


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Re:LCD Monitors: DVI vs. VGA
by Steven Haninger / November 3, 2003 9:58 AM PST

Grif is correct that you will need to be sure that the card you select has a DVI output. I have one computer with an ATI card connected to a Sony LCD monitor using the DVI connection and am well satisfied. If I may offer one bit of advice about LCD monitors is that they only run optimally in their native resolution. You will need to get a large enough monitor to support this resolution for comfortable viewing or you can end up with tiny desktop icons. Reducing the resolution will likely degrade image quality. Keep this in mind and good luck.

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LCD Monitor may not be a great choice for gaming. If you
by Ray Harinec / November 4, 2003 6:58 AM PST

must use one then be sure to get one of the newer designs that give the reponse time for the TFT's. Try to get one in the 15 microsecond or lower range. The first generation TFT's simply were too slow for fast games. [solid state devices turn on fast, but turn off much slower]

Also the resolution issue for LCD's mentioned in the other response may be a problem. In order to fill up the screen, at any resolution than the design resolution, requires an interpolation software to create the "missing" pixels.

I'm color blind and I still see that CRT monitors seem to have better color [by looking at color charts on the monitors]. LCD's do not seem to have the fine shades of difference. Of course, I haven't checked all LCD's. LOL

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Graphics card.......0
by Capt Bones / November 5, 2003 10:32 AM PST
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