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What is the difference between an HDMI and DisplayPort connection?

HDMI and DisplayPort are 2 connectors that many electronic devices have. They look similar, but in practice they do differ from each other. What are those differences? You can read that below.

Comparison HDMI and Displayport

HDMI 1.4 HDMI 2.0 DisplayPort 1.2 DisplayPort 1.3 DisplayPort 1.4
One Full HD monitor Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Multiple Full HD monitors No Yes Yes Yes Yes
One 4K monitor No Yes Yes Yes Yes
Multiple 4K monitors No No No Yes Yes
Connect DVD or Blu-ray player to TV Yes Yes No No No
Connect game console to TV Yes Yes No No No
Connect computer to a monitor for gaming No No Yes Yes Yes
Make a wired internet connection Yes Yes No No No

The difference

DisplayPort connector

When is DisplayPort the best option?

DisplayPort cables can achieve a higher bandwidth than HDMI cables. If there's a higher bandwidth, the cable transmits more signals at the same time. This mainly has an advantage if you want to connect multiple monitors to your computer. Even when you game on your computer, it's better to use a DisplayPort cable to connect a monitor.

HDMI connector

When is HDMI the best option?

Hdmi supports Audio Return Channel (ARC). This is useful if you want to connect a TV with a home cinema set. Wnen you watch TV, the sound is transmitted to your home cinema set. You can also use an HDMI cable for an internet connection. Do you want to connect a laptop with an HDMI cable that supports this function? You'll get an internet speed up to 100MB/s on your laptop. That's why an Ethernet cable is more advisable in almost all cases.

Different versions

DisplayPort cable connection

DisplayPort versions

DisplayPort 1.2* Supports resolutions up to and including 3840x2160 (4K UHD) with a refresh rate of 60Hz, or 60 frames per second.* 17.28GB/s of bandwidthDisplayPort 1.3* Supports 3840x2160 (4K UHD) resolution with refresh rate of 120Hz, or 120 frames per second.* Supports 7680x4320 (8K) resolution, but only with 30Hz refresh rate, or 30 frames per second. This is actually not high enough, especially if you want to game.* 32.4Gb/s bandwidthDisplayport 1.4* Supports resolutions up to 7680x4320 (8K) with a refresh rate of 60Hz, or 60 frames per second.* 32.4GB/s bandwidth

HDMI cable

HDMI versions

HDMI 1.4* Supports resolutions up to 3840x2160 (4K UHD), but only with 30Hz refresh rate, or 30 frames per second. This is actually not high enough, especially if you want to game at 4K.* 10.2GB/s bandwidthHDMI 2.0* Supports resolutions up to and including 3840x2160 (4K UHD) with a refresh rate of 60Hz, or 60 frames per second.* 18GB/s bandwidth



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