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    Default Which interface for a new computer (LCD) monitor?

    Do I want to get something (I'm looking in the 22"-25" range) that uses DisplayPort or HDMI or HDCP (or do I want to stick with plain old DVI)?

    .... and why?
    Last edited by beingbobbyorr; July 28th, 2010 at 02:31 AM.

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    HDMI because that's what's the best current connection with the highest resolution.

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    Depends on your video card. If it is Hd capable than i would go with HDMI provided the card will permit it.

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    HDMI or display port. I don't think you can go wrong with either. Display port is more suited for the computer applications while HDMI is better for things like TVs, Blu ray Players, etc.
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    HDMI and DVI are pretty much the same. They will both push 1080p and a resolution up to 1920x1200. Most good monitors will come with both HDMI as well as DVI. It just depends on the output on the computer you are using.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Creeping Death View Post
    HDMI and DVI are pretty much the same. .....
    Really? I was under the impression that HDMI and DisplayPort were more similar (at least as far as underlying technology).


    Quote Originally Posted by Creeping Death View Post
    ..... It just depends on the output on the computer you are using.
    I haven't bought the computer yet, so I can pick the video card to fit the monitor. I'm just lookin' for whatever is state-of-the-art.

    Where does HDCP fit in here?

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    Quote Originally Posted by beingbobbyorr View Post

    Where does HDCP fit in here?
    HDCP is a copy write standard, not a physical connection(HDMI, Displayport, or DVI.)

    High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection (HDCP) is a form of digital copy protection developed by Intel Corporation [1] to prevent copying of digital audio and video content as it travels across DisplayPort, Digital Visual Interface (DVI), High-Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI), Gigabit Video Interface (GVIF), or Unified Display Interface (UDI) connections. HDCP does not address whether copying would be permitted by fair use laws.
    If I had to choose out of those 3, I would take HDMI, seems to be the industry standard for PC, TV, and stereo manufacturers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Creeping Death View Post
    HDMI and DVI are pretty much the same. They will both push 1080p and a resolution up to 1920x1200. Most good monitors will come with both HDMI as well as DVI. It just depends on the output on the computer you are using.
    Quote Originally Posted by beingbobbyorr View Post
    Really? I was under the impression that HDMI and DisplayPort were more similar (at least as far as underlying technology).
    Yes and yes, they all use the same digital encoding and are pretty much interchangeable with each other as you can buy adapters to convert from one technology to any of the other two. The only difference with DVI is that it does not send a digital sound signal. Displayport and HDMI use a couple of pins for digital sound. Your best bet is to go with industry standard which at the moment is HDMI. Displayport is rarely used but might come back into style as video resolutions get higher. Displayport can handle higher resolutions. I'm not too sure about HDMI.

    Edit: As I understand Displayport version 1.1a is audio optional. If you do go with Displayport and are expecting audio to be transmitted to your monitor then make sure that it is an available option on your video card.

    Quote Originally Posted by beingbobbyorr View Post
    I haven't bought the computer yet, so I can pick the video card to fit the monitor. I'm just lookin' for whatever is state-of-the-art.

    Where does HDCP fit in here?
    Already answered by a previous poster (Sloppydog).
    Last edited by Len-Det64; July 29th, 2010 at 12:32 AM.


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