Best Active Mini DisplayPort to DVI Adapter for Microsoft Surface in 2020
Are you looking for an Active Mini DisplayPort to DVI adapter for connecting your Surface tablet or Surface Dock to the external display? Here is the best available Active Mini DisplayPort to DVI adapters that can bring 4K and dual display support for your external displays.
We have been lucky to find the best Active Mini DisplayPort to DVI adapter that features 4K support, high-quality connector, and durable. Every Microsoft device including Surface Pro series, Surface 3, Surface Book and Surface Dock are using Mini DisplayPort for connecting to external displays.
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Active vs Passive Mini DisplayPort to DVI adapter
When you are looking for an adapter to convert from Mini DisplayPort to DVI for your Surface devices, you need to know what is different between passive and active adapter.
There are a lot of users who experience problems when they try to connect dual external displays to their Surface Dock. The main reason is Surface Dock doesn’t support dual-mode Display (DP++). The DP++ can dynamically convert the signal from Mini DisplayPort to DVI. So Surface Dock need an active adapter that has a special chip for signal conversion.
Generally, an active adapter is more expensive than a passive adapter. However, if you have a Surface Dock, then the active adapter will be a required accessory. Here are the best active adapters that allow your Surface devices to output up to 4K display.
Best Active Mini DisplayPort to DVI Adapters for Microsoft Surface
Cable Matters Active Mini DisplayPort to DVI Adapter (Active Mini DP to DVI) Supporting Eyefinity Technology
By Cable Matters
gofanco Mini DP to DVI Active Mini Displayport 1.2 to DVI-D Single Link Adapter Converter Thunderbolt 2, Eyefinity Compatible, Multiple Screens Supported for Gaming, Up to 4K @ 30Hz (See Bullet 2)
StarTech.com Mini DisplayPort to DVI Adapter - 1080p - Single Link - Active - Mini DP (Thunderbolt) to DVI Monitor Adapter (MDP2DVIS)
To start with, the Microsoft Surface team recommends this Cable Matters gold plated Active Mini DisplayPort to DVI adapter for use with the Surface devices especially the Surface Dock. This active adapter allows your Surface devices output up to 1920 x 1200 or 1080p resolution to your HDTVs, monitors or projectors via DVI port.
This cable features a lightweight and portable design and durable gold-plated connectors for improving data transmission. This active adapter allows your Surface Dock to connect to a dual 1080p display without any problems. This adapter also supports AMD Eyefinity multi-display technology and compatible with all Mini DisplayPort and Thunderbolt Port 2 that available on Surface/Mac/PC and tablets. This adapter is not compatible with the Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) port.
The next one is the GOFANCO Active Gold Plated Mini DisplayPort to DVI Convert adapter. This active adapter is also recommended by the Microsoft Surface team. This active adapter is designed to compatible with Microsoft Surface Dock and AMD Eyefinity graphics adapter.
It has been tested to support resolution up to 1080p @60Hz or 4K (3840×2160) @30Hz. For resolutions above 1920×1200 60Hz, you will require monitors to support DVI-D single link speed of 340 MHz. It compatible with all Surface Pro series, Surface 3, Surface Book, other ultrabooks and laptops with a Mini DisplayPort or Thunderbolt port output.
The last one is the StarTech.com active Mini DisplayPort to DVI active adapter. This active adapter supports Mini DisplayPort 1.1a while also backward compatible with mDP 1.0. This adapter will convert Mini DisplayPort to DVI while maintaining the high quality of the picture.
This active adapter is capable of resolution up to 1920×1200 or 1080p. It offers an active conversion for graphics adapters that are not capable of outputting multi-mode DP++ such as Surface Dock or AMD Eyefinity graphics adapter. It is also compatible with all tablets, ultrabooks, and laptops with a Mini DisplayPort Output and HDMI-enabled HDTV, monitors and projectors.
Those are the best Active Mini DisplayPort to DVI Converter adapter that works perfectly with your Microsoft Surface devices and Surface Dock. With GOFANCO active adapter will bring you the full 4K resolution to your 4K TVs and monitors if those display support DVI-D with the single link speed of 340Hz. Finally, any of those adapters will allow your Surface Dock to connect to two additional displays without any problems.
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