If you’re anything like me, you’re sick of having to unscrew/re-screw VGA and DVI cables every time you move your monitor, or maybe you’re fed up with having to use a different cable for every single monitor you use in a multi-monitor setup. DisplayPort seems to be the answer to both these problems and more.
DisplayPort is a cable that was standardized by VESA (Video Electronics Standards Association) in May of 2006. The port looks like an HDMI port. The two cables share more than similar ports, though; they both do nearly the same thing. Both transfer video and audio singles with a single cable and both are poised as potential replacements for the aging DVI and VGA cables of yesteryear. Let’s explore why DisplayPort is ready to become the next big cable.
- Speed. DisplayPort is seriously fast. The current revision (1.2) can transfer information to your screen at a blazing 2.1 gigabytes per second. To put that in perspective, that’s enough speed to output to four 2560 x 1600 monitors. At once. That’s a huge amount of data to put through a single cable at once, and DisplayPort pulls it off with ease. This speed can be carried longer distances than conventional cables as well. DisplayPort pushes content at the speeds I mentioned before for 2 meters and can carry the signal to a 1080p monitor for more than 15 meters. Not only can it send signals fast, but it can also do it to multiple monitors and