DisplayPort and HDMI to DVI-i cable or adapter

Updated on 14-05-2020 in Others
2 on 14-05-2020

Guys, this question is for the experts. 

I am a photographer, and that means that I have to calibrate my monitors for correct color. Some of my clients are very, very nervous when it comes to the color or their products.

I use an NEC Multisync LCD2690 WUXi monitor, one of the best for that purpose. Though it’s pretty old it is extremely capable of displaying a huge range of colors, far beyond consumer or prosumer monitors. The killer feature is that it can be hardware calibrated. In a nutshell: 

Hardware calibration is the method of adjusting color directly by adjusting the settings inside the monitor. With hardware calibration, the target color is not reproduced through the graphic card output where all or a certain combination of white point, gamma, and brightness are reduced.

That means, I get the most out of this monitor by using the hardware calibration feature – and that requires to use the right connection to the computer. This monitor has two main inputs: DVI-D and DVI-i. The only way to go is DVI-i. DVI-D does not allow hardware calibration.

My workhorse computer is a Lenovo Thinkpad W520 (e.g. a fast Intel i7/32GB workstation shaped as a notebook) has a DisplayPort outlet, the other has HDMI. In both I cannot fit a new graphics card with a DVI-i plug. 

Getting a cable or adapter to connect DisplayPort or HDMI to DVI-D is a no-brainer. But what I try to find is a cable or adapter or combination to DVI-i with full functionality.

What I found here was this one: 

https://www.club-3d.com/en/detail/2479/displayport_auf_dual_link_dvi_i_aktiver_adapter/

The description is a bit confusing. It is declared as DVI-D but in the pictures I see a DVI-i plug. 

So, would that work? Or is there a better choice?

 
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Hi there – the puzzle here is that DVI-I only will allow hardware calibration. does it mean that you need an analog signal to arrange calibration or ? The reason why Club3D uses the DVI-I connector is so that it will fit Analog as well as Digital connectors – but since the source signal is DP that means that it will only support DVI-D (digital) signals.

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0 on 14-05-2020

Hi, MST… I must say: I have no idea why exactly DVI-i is required. What can we do to find out?

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