Why DisplayPort Is Still Better Than HDMI

Why DisplayPort Is Still Better Than HDMI

The acronym HDMI (High-Definition Multimedia Interface) and the brand name DisplayPort are synonymous with digital display connections. While both DisplayPort (DP) and HDMI have come a long way and can now produce high-quality video and audio from a wide range of devices, DisplayPort (DP) still has the upper hand in some situations. In this essay, we'll explore the many ways in which DisplayPort excels above its competitors.

1. Higher Maximum Bandwidth

While both HDMI and DisplayPort have advanced over time, the maximum bandwidth available with DisplayPort is often greater. The maximum bandwidth of DisplayPort 2.0 is 80 Gbps, while the maximum bandwidth of HDMI 2.1 is just 48 Gbps. The increased bandwidth allows for more detailed images at greater resolutions and faster refresh rates.

2. Support for Multiple Monitors

DisplayPort's ability to handle many displays from a single output through the Multi-Stream Transport (MST) hub is one of its most notable features. Daisy-chaining allows users to connect many suitable displays to a single DisplayPort input on a computer. This feature is not built into HDMI.

3. Adaptive Sync and FreeSync

Adaptive sync technologies, which lessen instances of screen tearing and smooth out gameplay, are now supported by both HDMI and DisplayPort. Nonetheless, DisplayPort's Adaptive Sync functionality came first and opened the path for AMD's FreeSync. DisplayPort's early adoption means many devices and displays have long supported Variable Refresh Rate (VRR), but HDMI has caught up to some extent with the introduction of VRR in HDMI 2.1.

4. Audio Return Channel (ARC) vs. DisplayPort Audio

Connections between TVs and sound systems are made much easier using HDMI's Audio Return Channel (ARC) and Enhanced Audio Return Channel (eARC). However, in addition to video, DisplayPort also transmits high-quality audio. The difference may be insignificant for individuals who use monitors without built-in speakers or who do not hook up to a home theater system.

5. Superior in PC Monitor Space

While HDMI has been the norm for televisions, DisplayPort has become the industry standard for computer monitors, especially in professional and high-end settings. DisplayPort is often given top priority in high-end monitors meant for precise work, gaming, and professional software.

6. Locking Connectors

The locking mechanism that is often included with DisplayPort connections is a useful feature. A secure connection is maintained and the cable cannot be unintentionally disconnected. This benefit may seem inconsequential, but it becomes more significant in business settings or when constant communication is essential.

7. Royalty-Free

DisplayPort is a VESA (Video Electronics Standards Association)-approved standard that does not require licensing fees. The end effect may be cheaper goods for both makers and buyers. In contrast, manufacturers using HDMI must pay licensing costs, therefore it is not free from royalties.


It's important to remember that both HDMI and DisplayPort have their advantages, and that picking one over the other relies heavily on the situation at hand. HDMI may be better suited for consumer devices and home theaters, but DisplayPort's superior capabilities have made it the standard in many office and lab settings. The distance between the two may close as technology advances, but for the time being, DisplayPort remains a serious competitor in the digital display field.

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