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 do it for huge lengths.
- Compatible. DisplayPort can directly transmit DVI and HDMI signals without the use of an adapter. It can also be converted VGA signals with an active adapter. This is essential for people to begin using it, as it allows them to buy a monitor without