Can I use DVI-to-VGA adaptors?

Posted on 2011-04-19
Last Modified: 2013-11-08
Pretty sure I can, but I just want to make sure.
I recently purchased four monitors from Dell that only come with VGA ports.
I also have a quad-video card that comes with two DVI connectors, and two DVI-splliter cables, to give me four DVI output connectors.
Can I use DVI-to-VGA adaptors on these connectors?
If so, will it reduce performance?
I am not a gamer, so that is not a consideration.

Would I be better off returning the four VGA monitors, and replacing them with DVI-capable monitors?  I do not want to do this, as I do not want to increase my expense.

Question by:cliffordgormley
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    Yes, the DVI to VGA adapters work fine.  I have used them on several monitors.  You will get slightly less sharpness, but you probably won't see any difference.  Some video cards come with DVI to VGA adapters (my new GeForce 570 card came with one.

    Try it with one monitor and see the results.  You will probably be happy with the results.

    I would go for it.
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    Expert Comment

    You should be good aslong as they are not dvi-d connections as they are digital only. If you know the model of the video card post it and we can find out what it has.

    Author Comment

    It is an ATI Radeon Graphics Video-PX309-Quad
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    Assisted Solution

    Looks like DVI-I so you should be good with dvi to vga adapters.

    Author Closing Comment

    Thanks guys!

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