A good DisplayPort cable is built to work alongside any DisplayPort source device, including a laptop, display monitor, and any PC. This implies that a good DisplayPort cable should be able to work with the ancient DisplayPort systems created about five years back, and also meet up with the present and the future DisplayPort systems which are multi-stream supported. It should also be able to display 4K at 60Hz resolutions. A DisplayPort cable that is standard can also be used between a multi-stream hub as well as with a PC. You shouldn’t get worried about purchasing a different cable to assist some certain DisplayPort abilities.
Choosing a DisplayPort cable
You should be aware that not all DisplayPort cables are designed the same or equal. Buying a wrong cable can have different detriments. It can either not function as it should, it can also send corrupt packets to the monitor, give you a blank screen, and might not work in standard cases. Be sure to always buy your DisplayPort cables from brands with a good reputation and reviews. A good one to trust is the like PrimeCables.
Comparison Between Displayport 1.1, 1.2 and 1.3 Cables
This is fictitious as such doesn’t exist. This is caused mostly by misinformation. A DisplayPort cable will either carry the signal or will not. Contrary to this misinformation, the most expensive DisplayPort cables cannot give a picture quality that is better than others. With this said, always purchase trusted cables and not expensive ones.
Features of a Standard Displayport Cable
A standard DisplayPort cable should be able to support HBR, RBR, HBR2 (High Bit Rate 2), and also HBR3 thus supporting 4K at 60Hz, or even support four or more 1080p displays if a multi-stream transport is used. The cable length is determined by the maximum rate of data. Ensure to learn more about the cable’s maximum bandwidth by checking the cable package.
Cable Connector Type
Another major thing to consider when selecting a DisplayPort cable is the connector type at the end of the cable. We have two DisplayPort connection types, these are:
- The standard DisplayPort connector
It is close to the size of a USB connector and this type of DisplayPort connector is normally used on DisplayPort supported personal computer (PC) monitors.
- The mini DisplayPort connector
This is used for DisplayPort output on a PC, notebook including Apple products. It is now also used for Thunderbolt which is useful on Apple products.
Note also that, if you are selecting normal cables, then the total cable bandwidth will reduce with length. Make sure you read the packaging specifications if you have the intention of connecting 4K monitors. More often, you will get a full bandwidth by using a cable of 10 feet or less.