If this is the first time you got your hand on a gaming monitor, chances are that you will keep using your old HDMI cable that has been with you for ages. This is nothing wrong if you just use your computer and your new screen just for Words and Excel. But of course, you will not buy a brand new gaming monitor just for those purposes.

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No one in their right mind would buy a monitor like this just for office usages

If you buy a new gaming monitor for a better gaming experience, we strongly advise you to toss your old HDMI cable to your trash can immediately and get to know about HDMI and DisplayPort now.

For the people who don’t know much, DisplayPort is just a type of display cable like HDMI. It started to become viral since 2010. If you’re using your computer just for editing documents or filling out spreadsheets, the DisplayPort has absolutely no usage for you.

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The DisplayPort

Using your new gaming monitor with an old HDMI cable will of course still upgrade your gaming experience, but your monitor can do so much more. And by refusing to use those advanced features, you are basically throwing your hard earned money through the window.

But there are a lot of NVIDIA graphic cards are being used right now, and HDMI ports don’t support NVIDIA’s G-Sync technology (the same technology as AMD’s FreeSync). Only DisplayPort cables support both technologies. That is why DisplayPort is the choice of most gamers nowadays. But that doesn’t mean the HDMI is useless. Each of them has their own specific usage.

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The HDMI

About HDMI cables, they will work best for watching movies at home. All the devices now support HDMI (if yours don’t, you better bring it to a museum). The popularity of HDMI is huge, so you might probably have one in your house right now. But you’d better check your HDMI cables. If yours are older than HDMI 1.4 ports, you should change to at least HDMI 2.0 ports or higher versions. HDMI 1.4 ports only support 4k up to 30hz, while HDMI 2.0 ports and above support HDR technology for TV, especially HDMI 2.1 even supports 4K at 120FPS and Dolby Atmos audio technology.

Not just that, HDMI cables work well with AMD. It means if you use a monitor with FreeSync technology (actually most gaming monitors now support both FreeSync and NVIDIA’s G-Sync technology) and an AMD’s graphics card, an HDMI cable is perfectly okay for you. But if you are using a graphics card from NVIDIA, please keep reading this article.

The most important feature of DisplayPort cables is that they support both two technologies. Even so, your monitor and graphics card still need to work with each other. It means that if you are using a graphics card from NVIDIA, you monitor need to have G-Sync technology. If your monitor only supports FreeSync technology while you use an NVIDIA’s graphics card, things are much more difficult for you now.

Good news is that most monitors now feature both two technologies. So no matter what kind of graphics card you use, take a monitor that supports both (a lot of them are available now) with a DisplayPort cable, plug them in and enjoy your games.

In conclusion, neither HDMI nor DisplayPort are certainly better at all things, or better than the others. But if you are using one HDMI cable for years, it’s time to take a look at it and change it if necessary. We are living in the 4.0 era, so keeping yourself up with the new technology will bring you the most enjoyable experience in life.

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The DisplayPort and HDMI ports are both still very useful nowadays