Why do I have hdmi ports on my video card and on my motherboard and which do I use to connect to my monitor?

by on June 15, 2011

Q: Hello,

I have a mini hmdi cable on my graphics card. Am I suppose to buy an hdmi – mini hdmi cable to connect it to the monitor? Also what is the point of having video ports on the graphics card and motherboard? Can I just buy a normal hmdi cable and connect it to the motherboard instead?

Thank you.


One Response to “Why do I have hdmi ports on my video card and on my motherboard and which do I use to connect to my monitor?”
  1.  

    You probably own a motherboard that has a built in (and probably cheap/crappy) video card built in to it. This is very common.

    Ignore the video ports on the motherboard.

    For best results with your picture I suggest connecting your video card to your monitor using either a DVI cable or hdmi, there is no picture quality difference between the two. Both of these options are included on your video card as a matter of convenience.