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Carleton D.

Carleton D.

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In response to the comment about the cable

PNY Quadro 5000 VCQ5000-PB 2.5GB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 Workstation Video Card
PNY Quadro 5000 VCQ5000-PB 2.5GB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 Workstation Video Card

Pros: I should point out that I am not an owner, but I am an engineer. This post is meant only to point out why the cable lacks the pins around the tab in a DVI connector. My hope is that it will allow people to make a more informed decision when buying the card. There are multiple accepted standards for DVI cables which include DVI-I and DVI-D. The I (for integrated) variant is capable of carrying analog and digital communications, whereas D is purely digital. Because this card is sufficiently recent, it was likely not designed expecting to be used with a display that accepts VGA input, which is an analog standard. The extra four pins that straddle the bar in a DVI connector are assigned to carry analog signals. They are therefore required in a passive DVI to VGA adapter. However, because they are analog pins, DVI-D cables do not have them, as these cables are intended to carry only digital signals.

Cons: If you intend to use this card with a VGA monitor, the inclusion of a DVI-D and not a DVI-I cable is a con. However, buying a DVI-I to VGA cable will cost you less than ten bucks on Newegg. Which is a fairly paltry sum next to the $1780 pricetag which this card currently carries. NOTE: Even though the card's DVI port clearly has the female sockets for the analog pins, this does not guarantee that they are connected internally. Often dual-link DVI-I ports (like the one on the card) are used because they are all encompassing and among the most common produced. It's entirely possible that the analog sockets on the card are not connected internally, or else not connected to an actual video signal.

Overall Review: The maximum image (not including pure text) resolution VGA can support is 640x480. So it may by an unusual circumstance that people want to attach a card meant to be used for presenting content from CAD/CAM, 3D modeling/animation packages and so on to a VGA monitor with relatively low resolution. But if you are such a person, note that the cable included will not allow this with the aid of a standard DVI-VGA adapter. You will either need a new DVI-I cable to use with a pre-existing adapter, or you will need to use a DVI-I to VGA cable, the latter being sold inexpensively on Newegg. Even with such equipment, as mentioned in the cons section, the card may not actually be providing an analog signal from its DVI port anyway. I highly recommend contacting PNY customer support and asking if the card will function with a passive DVI to VGA adapter. If it does not put out an analog signal over those pins, but you want to use the card with a VGA monitor, you could look for an active converter.