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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 Hdmi 2.1 DisplayPort 1.2 DisplayPort 1.3 DisplayPort 1.4 DisplayPort 2.0
One Full HD monitor Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Multiple Full HD monitors No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
One 4K monitor No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Multiple 4K monitors No No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Connect DVD or Blu-ray player to TV Yes Yes Yes No No No No
Connect game console to TV Yes Yes Yes No No No No
Connect computer to a monitor for gaming No No No Yes Yes Yes Yes
Make a wired internet connection Yes Yes Yes No No No No
8K support No Yes (30 Hz) Yes (60 Hz) No No No Yes (120 Hz)
Dynamic refresh rate for gaming (PS5 and XSX) No No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes

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. When 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. You can also connect a game console like PlayStation 5 or Xbox Series X to your TV or monitor via HDMI.

Different versions

DisplayPort cable connection

DisplayPort versions

DisplayPort 2.0

  • Supports resolutions higher than 7680x4320 (8K) and 8K with a refresh rate of 120Hz, or 120 frames per second.
  • 80Gbps bandwidth.

DisplayPort 1.4

  • Supports resolutions up to 7680x4320 (8K) with a 60Hz refresh rate, or 60 frames per second.
  • 32.4Gbps bandwidth.

DisplayPort 1.3

  • Supports 3840x2160 (4K UHD) resolution with 120Hz refresh rate, or 120 frames per second.
  • Supports 7680x4320 (8K) resolution, but only with 30Hz refresh rate, or 30 frames per second. This is too low, especially for gaming.
  • 32.4Gbps bandwidth.

DisplayPort 1.2

  • Supports resolutions up to 3840x2160 (4K UHD) with a 60Hz refresh rate, or 60 frames per second.
  • 17.28Gbps bandwidth.
HDMI cable

HDMI versions

Hdmi 2.1

  • Supports 3840x2160 (4K UHD) with a refresh rate of 120Hz, or 120 frames per second.
  • Supports 7680x4320 (8K) with a 60Hz refresh rate, or 60 frames per second.
  • The standard in PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X.
  • 48Gbps bandwidth.

Hdmi 2.0

  • Supports resolutions up to 3840x2160 (4K UHD) with a 60Hz refresh rate, or 60 frames per second.
  • 18Gbps bandwidth.

Hdmi 1.4

  • Supports resolutions up to 3840x2160 (4K UHD), but only with 30Hz refresh rate, or 30 frames per second. This is too low, especially if you want for gaming in 4K.
  • 10.2Gbps bandwidth.


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