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HDMI vs. DisplayPort: Which is Better for eSports?

HDMI vs. DisplayPort: Which is Better for eSports?

eSports and consumer gaming demand extremely fast processing speeds, ultra high-definition resolutions, accurate color quality and blazing refresh rates. So when it comes to choosing a video connection format, is it better to go with HDMI or DisplayPort? This article explores the differences. 

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HDMI vs. DisplayPort Specifications

On the surface, DisplayPort handily outperforms HDMI with maximum transmission rates, maximum data rates and overall maximum resolution. The chart below compares signal formats (including their release versions) commonly used for gaming. 

Signal Type Release Version Max Transmission Rate Max Data Rate Resolution @ Refresh Rate
DisplayPort 1.0 - 1.1a 10.8 Gbps 8.64 Gbps 1080p @ 144 Hz
DisplayPort
1.0 - 1.1a
10.8 Gbps
8.64 Gbps
4K @ 30 Hz
DisplayPort
1.2 - 1.2a 21.6 Gbps 17.28 Gbps 1080p @ 240 Hz
DisplayPort
1.2 - 1.2a
21.6 Gbps
17.28 Gbps
4K @ 75 Hz
DisplayPort
1.2 - 1.2a
21.6 Gbps
17.28 Gbps
5K @ 30 Hz
DisplayPort
1.3 32.4 Gbps 25.92 Gbps 1080p @ 360 Hz
DisplayPort
1.3
32.4 Gbps
25.92 Gbps
4K @ 120 Hz
DisplayPort
1.3
32.4 Gbps
25.92 Gbps
5K @ 60 Hz
DisplayPort
1.3
32.4 Gbps
25.92 Gbps
8K @ 30 Hz
DisplayPort
1.4 - 1.4a 32.4 Gbps 25.92 Gbps 8K @ 120 Hz (w/DSC)
DisplayPort
2.0 80 Gbps 77.37 Gbps 4K @ 240 Hz
DisplayPort
2.0
80 Gbps
77.37 Gbps
8K @ 85 Hz
HDMI 1.0 - 1.2a 4.95 Gbps 3.96 Gbps 1080p @ 60 Hz
HDMI
1.3 - 1.4b 10.2 Gbps 8.16 Gbps 1080p @ 144 Hz
HDMI
1.3 - 1.4b
10.2 Gbps
8.16 Gbps
1440p @ 75 Hz
HDMI
1.3 - 1.4b
10.2 Gbps
8.16 Gbps
4K @ 30 Hz
HDMI
1.3 - 1.4b
10.2 Gbps
8.16 Gbps
4K @ 60 Hz (4:2:0)
HDMI
2.0 - 2.0b 18.0 Gbps 14.4 Gbps 1080p @ 240 Hz
HDMI
2.0 - 2.0b
18.0 Gbps
14.4 Gbps
4K @ 60 Hz
HDMI
2.0 - 2.0b
18.0 Gbps
14.4 Gbps
8K @ 30 Hz (4:2:0)
HDMI
2.1 48.0 Gbps 42.6 Gbps 4K @ 144 Hz 
HDMI
2.1
48.0 Gbps
42.6 Gbps
8K @ 30 Hz

 

As a side note, you might notice the above chart doesn't include Thunderbolt, which is becoming more common in monitor connectivity. Thunderbolt is based on the DisplayPort standard -- Thunderbolt 2 supports DisplayPort 1.2 and Thunderbolt 3 support DisplayPort 1.4. HDMI is also supported via a Thunderbolt connection; however, adapters are required to make the conversion. 

 

Construction & Implementation

Specifications shouldn't be the only factor in comparing the two standards. Construction and implementation also factor into the conversation. The chart below compares often-asked signal and construction features. 

Feature

DisplayPort

HDMI

Locking connector

Yes

No

Embedded audio channel

Yes

Yes

Embedded HDCP content protection

Yes

Yes

Variable refresh rates (VRR)

Yes (DP 1.2a)

Yes (HDMI 2.1)

Multi-stream transport (MST)

Yes

No

Native USB-C connector support

Yes

No

Max certified cable length

3m (9.8 ft.) 

15m (49.2 ft.)  

 

Specifications vs. Reality

When only considering raw specifications, DisplayPort clearly outperforms HDMI. So why don't we see it more widely used? 

The reality is the vast majority of consumer devices lean toward HDMI connections. Monitors are increasingly featuring DisplayPort connectors; however, video game systems and PCs more commonly leverage HDMI. This preference becomes even more heavy when considering other electronics, such as projectors, splitters, switchers and other audio-visual distribution devices. 

In most cases, DisplayPort and HDMI are implemented the same and your preference should fall toward what you are connecting and the length of the video run. 

TechLogix manufacturers a variety of fiber-based cables and electronics used to distribute audio, video, control, network and USB signals. They regularly interface with both HDMI and DisplayPorts, especially in eSport and gaming applications. 

New to eSports? View our FAQ.

 

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