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  What's the difference between VGA cable and SVGA cable? 
 
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Dr. Peaceful Dec 28, 2007, 01:15am EST Report Abuse
A relative of mine wants to connect her computer (analog VGA only) to the HDTV, which has a VGA D-Sub port. So I am looking for a cable for her. This is the first time I actually need to look for a VGA cable, since all the monitors / KVMs I have came with the cable. I found out there are two types, VGA cable vs. SVGA cable, see below for examples.

Obviously the so call SVGA cables have better shielding, ferrite for reducing EMI, and some even have gold plated pins. Besides those, is there any other technical difference between the two cables? Such as, do they have the same pin layouts? Also, is there any real quality difference between the two?

VGA cable, inexpensive.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16812226010

SVGA cable, more expensive. Some local stores sell them outrageous $30 - $50!!
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16812120071
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16882203028



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FordGT90Concept Dec 28, 2007, 01:19am EST Report Abuse
>> Re: What's the difference between VGA cable and SVGA cable?
Supposedly VGA is only supposed to support up to 640x480 resolution while SVGA is supposed to support up to 800x600. From what I've seen, they can go much higher than that. The important thing is if they are all D-Sub 15-pin and how much shielding they got.

Edit: The first and third URL you listed is Male-Male. The second one is Male-Female...

Also, the local [big brand store] was trying to sell me a 6' DVI-I cable for just shy of $100. I got a 10' DVI-D cable for around $15 on Newegg. Some of these stores are simply rip-offs.

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Archangel Dec 28, 2007, 01:32am EST Report Abuse
>> Re: What's the difference between VGA cable and SVGA cable?
agreed! the whole ' monsters cable " and the whole " my electric current looks better in your hdtv that that guys electric current "
is all a farse. gold pins and all that... bunch of bs.. unless ur worried about corrosion since ull be using the cable while in a boat, i wouldn't worry about such stupid details.

Dr. Peaceful Dec 28, 2007, 01:48am EST Report Abuse
>> Re: What's the difference between VGA cable and SVGA cable?
Ford you got good eyes. I showed the second one only because I want to show it's gold. M-F is for extension, M-M is regular type.

Don't ever buy cables from local stores, unless it's same price or immediate in need of one (even that you need to be rational too). They super rip-offs. I saw a DVI to HDMI cable for near $100 bucks, too. Who the hack care if it's made in gold and sealed in Nitrogen (oxygen free) environment.

They sell a 25ft Cat5e cable for $50 for crying out loud. Newegg only for 3 bucks. ;)


FordGT90Concept Dec 28, 2007, 03:25am EST Report Abuse
>> Re: What's the difference between VGA cable and SVGA cable?
The sad part is that I am sure they get away with it quite frequently by poor chaps that just don't get it. There has to be at least a 50% markup on the average cable at the average store. It may actually be in the neighborhood of 80% for a lot of them. I mean, the same [big brand store] got me paying like $20 for a 6' Male to Male serial cable and I needed three of them for my UPSs. Their tactic actually worked on me there just because I was quite needy. Dammit, convenience costs: that's the bottom line.

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