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    Connecting an old monitor to a (relatively) new graphics card

    I've recently built a new PC, which has an RTX 2080 installed. I'm trying to connect it to a fairly old Dell U2713HM monitor (2012 vintage), which has a dual-link DVI interface capable of 2560x1440 @ 60Hz. The monitor also has an HDMI 1.4 connector which is capable of 1920x1080. I've been looking for a dual-link DVI to displayport cable, but I don't think such a thing exists? There may be active adapters available, but their cost (and compatibility) probably makes their use somewhat impractical. Does anyone have any ideas, before I sell the monitor?
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    Re: Connecting an old monitor to a (relatively) new graphics card

    Does the CPU have an IGP?? Could try a passthrough using the IGP??

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    Re: Connecting an old monitor to a (relatively) new graphics card

    Seem to be a few "cheapish" adapters for using the dual-link DVI on the monitor:

    https://www.amazon.co.uk/VisionTek-A.../dp/B00DYRQXMK

    https://www.scan.co.uk/products/06m-...hz-deep-colour

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    Re: Connecting an old monitor to a (relatively) new graphics card

    Ouch yeah, looks like it's active needed to get above 1080p I've got a similar vintage Dell monitor and just run it at 1080p via HDMI (on my wife's desk to don't use it often) from a USB-C adapter on my laptop.

    Are you sure it hasn't got a DisplayPort hiding in there?

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    Re: Connecting an old monitor to a (relatively) new graphics card

    Quote Originally Posted by MrJim View Post
    I've recently built a new PC, which has an RTX 2080 installed. I'm trying to connect it to a fairly old Dell U2713HM monitor (2012 vintage), which has a dual-link DVI interface capable of 2560x1440 @ 60Hz. The monitor also has an HDMI 1.4 connector which is capable of 1920x1080. I've been looking for a dual-link DVI to displayport cable, but I don't think such a thing exists? There may be active adapters available, but their cost (and compatibility) probably makes their use somewhat impractical. Does anyone have any ideas, before I sell the monitor?
    The specs for that monitor says it has displayport?

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    Re: Connecting an old monitor to a (relatively) new graphics card

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    The specs for that monitor says it has displayport?

    Ha! That's hilarious! Me and my old eyes...yep, it does indeed have displayport! I thought that was a USB port! (it didn't help that I looked up the specs for the U2713HM, (minus the t), which doesn't seem to have displayport.) Dell & their confusing model numbers! Thanks everyone for pointing out my ineptitude!!

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    Re: Connecting an old monitor to a (relatively) new graphics card

    Has happened to us all at some point i'm sure. Better to find out now rather than after you had sold it
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    Re: Connecting an old monitor to a (relatively) new graphics card

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    Has happened to us all at some point i'm sure. Better to find out now rather than after you had sold it
    Absolutely...I'm very relieved I didn't end up selling it!!

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