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    Cable or Adaptor?

    Ok, I want to hook up a 256MB Sapphire HD3450 to my 42" plasma using HDMI, but the only was is either to use a HDMI to DVI-D Male Cable or to use an DVI to HDMI Adaptor and use a HDMI cable or a DVI cable, which would be better? Also I didnt think you could send audio through DVI? But the card says that it does?

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    Re: Cable or Adaptor?

    If you want to send the audio then you will need to convert to HDMI (should be a DVI to HDMI adapter in the box) The card will output audio through the DVI port and down the cable so I guess the answer to your question really is do you have either cable already? In terms of signal quality get the best cable you can (more important over longer distances).

    Personally I would get a HDMI cable and use the supplied converter to be on the safe side in case they have some special connections in the supplied adapter for the audio.

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    Re: Cable or Adaptor?

    Can a DVI port output audio?

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    Re: Cable or Adaptor?

    Quote Originally Posted by Blackmage View Post
    Can a DVI port output audio?
    On an ATi 3xxx series card yes

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    Re: Cable or Adaptor?

    Quote Originally Posted by Webby View Post
    On an ATi 3xxx series card yes

    interesting would you not need a special DVI cable for that?

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    Re: Cable or Adaptor?

    Quote Originally Posted by Blackmage View Post
    interesting would you not need a special DVI cable for that?
    A HDMI cable is required. I beleive you get an DVI to HDMI adapter with these cards. Then using an HDMI cable you can utilse sound and audio, assuming either your motherboard or sound card has the right header for this as the graphics card itself doesn't process the sound afaik.
    Last edited by staffsMike; 23-05-2008 at 12:26 AM. Reason: stupid mistake

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    Re: Cable or Adaptor?

    yeah I thought there would of been an DVI to HDMI adapter in the box but there isnt, I'm a bit cheesed off coz when you look in the scan website it says..
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    HDMI Output Support
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    Re: Cable or Adaptor?

    been looking around the net, and it seem that to use the audio over DVI - HDMI you need the ATI DVI to HDMI adapter, Something about it uses different pins to a normal DVI to HDMI adapter/Cable.

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    Re: Cable or Adaptor?

    Quote Originally Posted by Webby View Post
    In terms of signal quality get the best cable you can (more important over longer distances).
    It's really not important when it comes to digital cables
    Quote Originally Posted by Saracen View Post
    And by trying to force me to like small pants, they've alienated me.

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