MacbookPro4,1 external monitor DVI or HDMI ?

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  1. Lukasmacy macrumors member

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    Hi I am buying a Dell monitor to use my mac in clamshell mode. I'm just wondering whether to buy just a DVI-DVI dual link cable or HDMI to DVI single link cable. As the dell monitor has a HDMI port and full 1080p resolution, will I see a difference between the two ?
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    Both can carry 1920x1080 resolution so you won't notice any difference. BTW, you don't need dual-link DVI cable
     
  3. Lukasmacy thread starter macrumors member

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    So what's the difference, is dual link for higher resolutions ?
     
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    Yes. Single-link has maximum bandwidth of 3.96Gbit/s allowing up to 1920x1200 resolution while dual-link can carry up to 7.92Gbit/s and 2560x1600 resolution. Unless you're going to use a monitor with +1920x1200 resolution, single-link is fine
     
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