Advantage of DVI


macrumors 6502a
Original poster
Apr 10, 2003
I am going to be getting a 17in external display for my PB, which as mostly all of you know has a DVI port. Is the picture a lot better with DVI compared to the standard VGA? I've heard the colors show up better, but is it worth the extra cost? I don't do any intense graphics or video work, so that isn't an issue. What do you think?


macrumors 68030
Nov 2, 2003
San Francisco, CA
Well first of all, if you have a VGA monitor, DVI to VGA converters are pretty cheap so you won't need to buy a new monitor if you have one. That being said, VGA is an analog signal whereas DVI is digital. You'll notice that most DVI monitors don't let you specifically tune colors and stuff and that's because the colors are transmitted digitally whereas the VGA ones have a lot of OSD controls.

I know it is cliche... but it basically comes down to analog v. digital


macrumors 604
Mar 17, 2004
Melenkurion Skyweir
My LCD has both a VGA and a DVI port. And DVI brings a noticeable improvement. DVI is a good thing to have, but it's not worth getting a new monitor just for DVI if you already have a perfectly good VGA monitor.


macrumors regular
Feb 16, 2003
Germantown, MD
I've used a 19" Viewsonic FP for the past two years with a Dell 8300. For the first year I had it on VGA analog, then upgraded to a new video card and switched it to DVI (the monitor came with cables for both types of connections). In my particular case, the difference was negligible.

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