Question about monitor cables

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by Blipp, Mar 14, 2011.

  1. Blipp, Mar 14, 2011
    Last edited: Mar 14, 2011

    Blipp macrumors 6502

    Mar 14, 2011
    EDIT: My question was based on bad research on my part, I feel like a dummy.

    I'm by no means a cable expert but I'm also kind of a videophile so I'm looking for a little help.

    The Problem: I just bought a Dell U2311H 1080p monitor to use with my MBP which has a VGA, DVI and DisplayPort. I already have a DVI > mini-DisplayPort adapter but after doing a little research it seems that DVI won't transmit 1080p but only 1080i. I bought a 1080p monitor and I'm not going to gimp it right out of the box so that leaves me with the DisplayPort. All the DisplayPort > mini-DisplayPort cables I've found online have very spotty user reviews which leaves me weary.

    The Questions: I'm considering using a DisplayPort (male) > HDMI (female) adapter with a HDMI > mini-DisplayPort at the other end to maintain a 1080p signal from the computer to monitor. Is this a safe rout to go or am I degrading the signal every time I pass it through another adapter? What is your recommended cabling?

    Thanks for the help!
  2. balamw Moderator


    Staff Member

    Aug 16, 2005
    New England

    Their mini-DP to DVI adapters and cables also support 1920x1200 which is better than 1080p, so I don't know where your 1080i limitation is coming from. (e.g.

  3. Blipp, Mar 14, 2011
    Last edited: Mar 14, 2011

    Blipp thread starter macrumors 6502

    Mar 14, 2011
    It's very possible that where I was reading DVI won't support 1080p was simply incorrect. I'll see if I can find the source...

    EDIT: Dug further as per your advice and it seems as though DVI does in fact support 1080p however some cheap DVI cables do not. Thanks for the clarification, I should be set with what's in the box after all.

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