Active vs Passive DP-> DVI adaptors

Updated 09/29/2021 10:09 AM

Active vs Passive DP->DVI adaptors

On NVIDIA Quadro boards, the choice between active and passive DisplayPort adaptors is driven by the output resolution and frame rate (just like the choice between a single link or dual link DVI cable).

If your board did not come with adaptors you can purchase them in the US from under cables. NVIDIA's workstation partners (Dell, HP, Lenovo, FTS) and our channel partners (Elsa, Leadtek, PNY) can also provide you with approved adaptors.

support up to 1920x1200 @ 60 Hz (24 color bits per pixel) or a max pixel clock of 165MHz.


Active DP->DVI Adaptors support a maximum pixel clock of 330MHz and can drive resolutions like

1920x1200 @120Hz (24 color bits per pixel)

2560x1600 @60Hz (24 color bits per pixel)

Keep in mind that DP->DVI-DL adaptors require power from a USB port to operate correctly.

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