HDMI VS DVI VS VGA.

HDMI is the most common connector with televisions. But if you need to connect a computer to your TV, then the options extend to be the HDMI, DVI and DisplayPort cables, and sometimes VGA.

Before we start it’s important to note that all other connections except VGA here are digital, so while the maximum resolutions will vary, the quality does not vary. As in 1920×1080, over 60 Hz should be the same over the HDMI Switch, DVI and Display port. Each connection has its pros and cons.

When you are buying a new graphics card, computer, or display, the thing you will need to consider is how you are going to connect the display to the computer. Display port and HDMI are different connections that support 4k resolution. HDMI is a good choice if you are just connecting a game console or any streaming device to your TV and DVI is the best choice if you want to get the most out of your frame rate at 1080 pixels monitor.

HDMI

High Definition Media Interface or HDMI is standard on TVs or most computer monitors. It is easy to use as it is cheap and carries audio too. If you are going to plug your computer into the TV, HDMI should be your first choice. HDMI is good in most of the resolutions. You can connect various devices with HDMI. You can access 4k gaming through this cable for HDMI 2.0 at 60Hz. The HDMI was designed to be backward compatible with DVI. So, the quality of the video will not be lost when you are using the HDMI –DVI adapter.

Color depth is the other thing where HDMI 2 gains advantages. HDMI has 10-bit or 12-bit color available, where the older version (1.4) has a limited 8-bit color. When HDR content becomes broadly available, the color depth becomes more important. HDR is the ratio between the darkest and lightest parts of the image.

In HDMI 1.4, only 24 fps were possible at 4k resolution which allows you to view at 3840×2160. Now in the HDMI 2.0, up to 60 fps are available at 4k resolution allowing us to view 144Hz at 1080p.

HDMI will be the best one to go with if you are connecting something to a television. Most computer monitors include an HDMI input. Apart from TV’s the HDMI port is most used while connecting a PC with an HDMI supported LED or monitor.

How to connect your PC through the HDMI port?

Gamers often find it very difficult when they shift from the traditional VGA and DVI to HDMI.  At first, it was difficult because the connectors were needed to convert DVI into HDMI, but now the modern-day graphics cards like the RTX 2060 graphics card and the RTX 2070 Super have the HDMI port integrated into them by default. The process is very easy but it requires a way to be done. Here’s how you can connect.

  1. Get an HDMI connector Cable
  2. Look for the HDMI port over the LED or monitor and insert one end of the cable in the port
  3. After that, If you have a dedicated GPU, then look over the HDMI port on the graphics card.
  4. If you have on-board graphics, then look if you have an HDMI connector over the board.
  5. Plug the second end of the wire in the GPU port.
  6. You have successfully connected your PC via the HDMI port.

DVI

The DVI is a classic way to connect your PC with a LED or Monitor Display. DVI is not much different from the VGA port and in other words, you can say that it is a type of extension to the classic VGA port. The maximum resolution barrier is 2560X 1660 pixels, If you go above that you will see image degradation and low quality of Pixels. So if you are planning to get to a 4K display then HDMI would be the better decision for you. DVI is good in terms that you are only going for a display of 1080 resolution. Above that, the HDMI will perform far better than this.

Here are the Pros and Cons of the DVI port

Pros

  • Common connection (Not complicated and easily available)
  • Supports Old hardware
  • Resolution supported more than VGA

Cons

  • Unlike HDMI, there is no Audio support.
  • Resolution barrier of 1660p
  • Outdated

The DVI is a quick way to get connected to a display monitor or LED but as time passes, DVI is outdating, So it’s better for you to move to HDMI before DVI officially gets discontinued.

VGA

VGA (Video Graphics Array) is the oldest way among all of connecting your PC with a display port. It is the most common way of connecting, but sadly nowadays we don’t see VGA ports on the new graphics card. For Example, you can see the RTX 2070 Super or the RTX 2060 graphics card, which do not have a VGA port integrated on them. Although there are still some motherboards that support the VGA display because they do not deliver much performance.

The VGA port is locked to have a maximum display resolution of only 1080 pixels, which is just a mid-range display as of now. You can use the VGA port to connect an OLD pc with an OLD monitor because they are not used nowadays, So we would better advise you to go for either HDMI or Display Port.

Pros

  • Classic way
  • Supported by all Old generation models

Cons

  • Outdated
  • Not supported by new graphics cards and monitors

Conclusion

In the end, we would say that the VGA and DVI port were the kings of their time and have delivered unmatchable performances, but if you will try to compare them with the modern-day ways like the HDMI or display port, then they are no match for them. You can still use DVI as your way of connecting as the DVI port is still available in graphics card, but as time passes it would be disappeared soon. It is better to get over HDMI because of the compatibility and audio feature as well.

That’s it for today, We hope that this post would have helped you in choosing the best way to connect your display with a PC. If you have more queries then you can reach out to us by commenting below.

About RJ Frometa

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