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1080p VGA vs HDMI / DVI Gaming on HDTV LCD

post #1 of 17
Thread Starter 
Looking for more opinions on inputing a 1080p VGA signal into my HDTV versus utilizing it's HDMI ports.

More interested in picture quality not technical differences or ease of use.

Is a 1080p VGA signal / resolution consistent with 1080p signals for gaming?
post #2 of 17
Yeah, they are both 1920x1080 pixels with 32-bit color precision, there is no inherent difference in quality. Digital is less susceptible to loss or interference, but a solid analog connection can look just as good. Of course it also depends on how well the particular display handles each input, some displays do better with one or the other.
post #3 of 17
to me colors look more vivrant and "clean" with DVI vs VGA in my 1080p LCD (Westy LVM-37W3)
post #4 of 17
VGA requires the digital source to convert to analog and then your TV has to reconvert it to digital. It is always better to use the digital source through DVI if you can.
post #5 of 17
In most cases you'll see no discernable difference, but you should be aware that some HDTVs limit the display resolution when using a VGA input. My brother's LG for example would limit itself to 1024x768.
post #6 of 17
On the other hand, my Panasonic plasma only accepts up to 1366x768 progressive or 1080i though dgital ports, but accepts at least up to 2560x1600 progressive over VGA.
post #7 of 17
My understanding is it will come down to the hardware used. CNET was disappointed when hooking up a PC to the 32" Samsung A450 via HDMI. They stated:
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C: With analog sources delivered via the VGA input the Samsung performed very well, resolving every detail of the 1,360x768 signal according to DisplayMate and delivering crisp, sharp text and other on-screen details. Surprisingly, HDMI tested far worse. The set didn't handle all of the detail of the source, and edges looked blockier and softer as a result.

and in a larger Samsung display they noticed no difference between VGA and HDMI.
post #8 of 17
On my Sammy HL-S6187w, I very much prefer VGA over HDMI for my HTPC.

I wanted to use HDMI to keep it simple, but now I have to use VGA for video and HDMI for audio

I compared many times, and VGA was superior every time, particularly with text, both getting 1:1 with overscan off.
post #9 of 17
I'm using DVI/HDMI on mine. I thought about using the VGA but prefer using a digital, versus analog, feed. It seems that VGA is being phased out on newer video cards. You can use converters buy why? Ultimately, it depends upon the quality of picture too. I haven't tried the VGA on mine so I don't know.
post #10 of 17
Thread Starter 
I know VGA will outperform HDMI is the display does not do 1:1 pixel mapping which introduces artifacts otherwise when the TV scales the image to 16:9 etc. Thus producing blurred characters and other artifacts etc
post #11 of 17
HDMI is better!
post #12 of 17
My LG TV absolutely refuses to accept a signal over DVI->HDMI. Although my motherboard has an HDMI out, there would be no point to run it especially for gamin.

I'm forced to run DVI->VGA and it works perfect. I get a clean 1080p signal that is probably better than my cable box.

Plus if you have an HDMI port you can use it to send HD audio to your receiver!
post #13 of 17
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Originally Posted by gunbunnysoulja View Post

On my Sammy HL-S6187w, I very much prefer VGA over HDMI for my HTPC.

I wanted to use HDMI to keep it simple, but now I have to use VGA for video and HDMI for audio

I compared many times, and VGA was superior every time, particularly with text, both getting 1:1 with overscan off.

I have to agree! I have the 56" version of this TV, and the vga is the way to go.
post #14 of 17
In theory a pure digital signal should be the best.

With VGA the signal must be convert twice. Digital to analog then back to digital again. That conversion can be good or poor quality.

I'm not familiar with all the digital tricks used by HDTVs but it may be that once the digital signal is in the TV it attempts to manipulate the image via software.

An analogy is using DVI on a LCD and finding the VGA looks better.
People often run a LCD in non native rez. Even though the LCD is digital it uses algorithms to display images that are run in non native rez. This introduces lag, artifacts etc. This is why some people will run the display in 1:1, that way the display is still in native rez (Where its fastest) and have to deal with black bars around the image.

VGA can look smoother than DVI, again just using computer LCD here. DVI can only handle 60hz while VGA can do more. Now we have dual link DVI than can handle 120hz.

Anytime you get worse image using pure digital vs analog I would suspect some kind of post processing going on in the TV or LCD.



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Originally Posted by gunbunnysoulja View Post

On my Sammy HL-S6187w, I very much prefer VGA over HDMI for my HTPC.

I wanted to use HDMI to keep it simple, but now I have to use VGA for video and HDMI for audio

I compared many times, and VGA was superior every time, particularly with text, both getting 1:1 with overscan off.
post #15 of 17
Did you seriously just sign up in order to answer a question that was asked two years ago? I smell a sophisticated spam account incoming...
post #16 of 17
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Originally Posted by kylebisme View Post

On the other hand, my Panasonic plasma only accepts up to 1366x768 progressive or 1080i though dgital ports, but accepts at least up to 2560x1600 progressive over VGA.

It might be able to display 2560x1600 over VGA but your display definitely is not 2560x1600, all it's doing is downscaling your picture. As stated earlier, your best bet is going through the HDMI/DVI ports. I bet your display's native res is 1366x768.
post #17 of 17
Dude. Two years ago.
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