HDMI vs. DisplayPort – Which is Better for Gaming

Getting the best high-definition picture quality for your gaming system involves many different variables. Typically, things, like having a great graphic card and pairing it with a high quality monitor, is important. Nevertheless, those are not the only things that influence video quality. Surprisingly, cable has a huge role to play. If you’ve got a basic audio-video cable, expect to receive a signal that is… well, basic.

PrimeCables: Differences betweem Displayport, DVI and VGA cables
PrimeCables: Differences betweem Displayport, DVI and VGA cables

 

There’s no shortage of advanced audio-video cables for gaming available. The most popular gaming cables are VGA, DVI, HDMI, and DisplayPort. VGA and DVI cables are somewhat antiquated though you can still get a pretty good signal from them. DVI is familiar but has its limitation and VGA capability is on its way out, though either may be appropriate for a low-end video card. By far, when searching for the most advanced cable, you’ll want to go with either HDMI or DisplayPort. But, which one is better – that’s what we’re here to discuss.

 

The argument for HDMI

 

HDMI stands for “high definition multimedia interface” and is considered the most advanced home theater consumer cable today. HDMI cables can be used to connect gaming consoles, an A/V receiver, or streaming media box. For computer-based monitor systems, they will likely have HDMI inputs ready to go. The most advanced HDMI cable on the market today is HDMI 2.1, capturing up to 8K video when possible. Also, it maintains a 48 Gbps-bandwidth, impressive specifications supporting HDR, enhanced audio return channel functionality and more. Now, there are some HDMI 4K cables limited to a 30 Hz refresh rate. For gaming, that’s not great so you may wish to buy a more advanced HDMI cable or to seek out DisplayPort.

 

The argument for DisplayPort

 

Most modern video cards are equipped with DisplayPort connections. DisplayPorts are rarely found on contemporary flat-screens however they are present on computer monitors and similar setups. Depending on the refresh technology used, sometimes you may be forced to use a DisplayPort cable. For example, FreeSync requires an HDMI cable whereas Nvidia’s G-Sync requires DisplayPort. Though HDMI is portrayed as superior to DisplayPort, that’s not necessarily true. The latest update on DisplayPort includes 32.4Gbps of bandwidth and an impressive 3:1 lossless compression ratio which makes it perfect for some gaming setups.

 

Whether you choose HDMI or DisplayPort, there’s a lot to weigh. If you choice is not already preordained, do your research. HDMI supports higher maximum resolutions however one would have to have a massive system to accommodate its top end specifications. Arguably, a DisplayPort cable makes more sense for gamers, especially those on multiple monitors.

 

Browse monitors, DVI, VGA, HDMI, and DisplayPort cables for gaming at Canada’s top cable eCommerce site, PrimeCables!

Time to Update your Display Port Adapter before Black Friday Arrives!

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Black Friday 2017 should be on Nov 24th this year!

Black Friday is coming up fast and if you’ve already made the decision on what you’re going after, the last thing you want to find out is your display port adapter is wrong. That’s why it might be time to update your display port adapter. When it comes to Apple display port adapters, the best place to shop for them in Canada is Prime Cables. Here’s why.

 

We stand by our selection of high quality products, all of which are available to be browsed here. There, you will find a range of display port adapters, some of which are no doubt applicable to your unique situation and others that are not. Feel encouraged to take a thorough look through what’s there.

 

If your current display port adapter does not support connections to certain displays, now might be an opportunity to find one that does. If you have any questions on display port adapters and their compatibility with a given machine, please refer to your manufacturer’s manual or please give us a call and we would be happy to have a representative assist.

 

Display port adapters are highly useful for their ability to deliver a pure digital connection to external displays. Plug-and-play performance right then and there. Should you decide to buy from Prime Cables and come to find out the adapter is not doing what you want it to do, we provide free returns. We would be happy to swap it out for another.

 

This Black Friday is going to be filled with amazing deals on computers, laptops, tablets, smartphones, and all kinds of devices. If you want to save yourself some of the stress on that day, buy ahead. Prime Cables has a number of deals, mainly based in cables and accessories that are sure to help a little when it comes time to hook up that TV or laptop. Though our display port adapter selection can be retrieved here, we have a wide range of table and smartphone adapters; VGA, DVI, and HDMI adapters; and HDMI and DVI splitters as well. Please feel free to take a spin through them and pick up what you need.

 

There are also mounts and sit-standing desks, tools and appliances, and numerous other accessory-based items that might tickle your fancy before the big Black Friday blowout. Remember, for any order over $49, shipping is free as well!

 

Prime Cables is a reliable name you can trust to buy your display port adapter from. As a Canadian brand offering premiere products across a multitude of different categories, we have been serving Canadians from sea to sea since 2007.