What are the differences and benefits between HDMI and DisplayPort? Which is better to play?

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What are the differences and benefits between HDMI and DisplayPort? Which is better to play?

Two great connections that today represent the most relevant in the use of televisions and monitors. We refer to the HDMI and DisplayPort connection, we will analyze both connections so that you can come to the conclusion of which one suits you best.

HDMI

HDMI is one of the best known interfaces today, it was born as a proposal for replace analog connections of the past, as in the case of the VGA connection. The design of the HDMI cable started in 2002, but finally saw the light in 2003.



It has had multiple versions over the years, however the devices you connect must be compatible with certain versions. The latest available version of the cable is version 2.1, which includes some exciting new features.

DisplayPort

DisplayPort is a connection video in digital format, which went into production in 2008 and slowly became one of the most important interfaces. Its relevance currently lies in the fact that it is able to offer high refresh rates.

Over time, this type of connection is becoming more and more common in most modern graphics cards and devices. Something that was mainly encouraged by some very useful options for video game players.

Comparison of HDMI and DisplayPort

It is necessary to make a comparison taking into account the advantages and disadvantages of each of the connections. To be properly informed, we recommend that you read the following sections and draw your own conclusions.

Video game

The truth is, most consoles only have this type of connection, which allows you to connect a game console to an HDMI monitor but rarely to a Display Port.



Also, over time the HDMI connection has significantly improved its performance compared to previous versions, but the truth is that DisplayPort continues to have a certain advantage in many sections of the game, let's evaluate the reasons for this.

HDMI in its most modern version has support for high refresh rates up to 120Hz with 1080P resolution. In any case DisplayPort can offer up to 240Hz in 1080P, in other words twice the speed of the HDMI connection.

Thanks to its high performance with higher refresh rates, it is the most recommended option for PC gamers, it could also be useful for the new consoles, PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series. In any case, to take advantage of these features, you will need to change the screen refresh rate in Windows 10.

More monitors

In this section DisplayPort also has the advantage, as it offers better support for configurations with multiple displays. On the other hand, HDMI doesn't have great offerings in relation to this, so DisplayPort is the best option for working with multiple monitors at the same time in Windows 10 and other platforms.

Resolutions

In the past, the most recommended production for high resolutions, i.e. from 4k onwards, was undoubtedly DisplayPort. However, in recent years the situation for HDMI has improved, offering support for resolutions up to 10K at 120Hz refresh rates.


Either way, DisplayPort is still a good option if 4K and 8k resolutions are what you're after, considering they don't currently support refresh rates above 60Hz.

Versatility

While DisplayPort may be a better option than HDMI in many respects, the truth is that the most devices have HDMI connection, while many don't contemplate DisplayPort. Either way, this has changed over time, as there are more devices today that include DisplayPort.


Audio

The audio from both connections can reach up to eight channels, 24-bit and 192kHz frequencies, so the performance of both connections in this section are similar.

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