is mini DVI better than DVI?

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by davelanger, Sep 28, 2010.

  1. davelanger macrumors 6502a

    Mar 25, 2009
    Is there a reason why apple went away from DVI?
    is it just so you cant use an apple display with most PCs (that dont have a mini DVI port)?

    Or is mini dvi that much better.
  2. EricNau Moderator emeritus


    Apr 27, 2005
    San Francisco, CA
    Well, it is significantly smaller, which saves space on the logic board in addition to the computer case.

    That's about it, really.
  3. davelanger thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Mar 25, 2009
    So the picture quality is not going to suffer then?
    I thought with mini dvi you cannot use all of the resolutions? Or do the ones you cannot use not really matter?
  4. tersono macrumors 68000


    Jan 18, 2005
    Mini DVI is electrically identical to DVI. The ONLY difference is the actual connector used.
  5. davelanger thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Mar 25, 2009
    Well plus mini DVI does audio I believe.
    Thanks for the info everyone.
  6. MaxMike macrumors 6502

    Dec 6, 2009
    Nope. DVI solely carries video, no matter what kind. The only connectors that carries audio with video (I believe) are the Mini DisplayPort on the more recent MacBook Pros (used to only carry video) and HDMI. I have a mini-DVI to HDMI adapter and only video is carried to my TV
  7. alust2013 macrumors 601


    Feb 6, 2010
    On the fence
    Also, you can't use resolutions above 1920x1200, as it is not dual-link
  8. dwhynman macrumors regular

    Jun 23, 2010
    How can that be true if the ACD supports a resolution above 1920X1200. If that is true the MDP must be able to transmit resolutions above 1920X1200. If I am wrong I will be very disappointed when my ACD arrives
  9. Vylen macrumors 65816

    Jun 3, 2010
    Sydney, Australia
    Talking about Mini DVI, not MDP
  10. davelanger thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Mar 25, 2009
    So what is the best way to connect the mac displays to the new mac pros?
  11. waw74 macrumors 68030

    May 27, 2008
    For what it's worth...

    I have a new mac mini, with a mini displayport to DVI adapter (what it came with) and a DVI to hdmi connection to the tv.

    I was greatly surprised when i got audio out of my tv, so some dvi connections can carry audio..
  12. davelanger thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Mar 25, 2009
    I think I am thinking of mini displayport instead of mini DVI

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