The much-anticipated HDMI 2.1 monitor is becoming more commonplace nowadays, and we're here to make sure you get the best display for your needs.
Of course, if you have any one of the best gaming PCs, an HDMI 2.1 display can also be used for the same resolution and framerate.
We've rounded up what we think are some of the best monitors available right now, based on specs, reviews, and features they offer, which we thought made them stand out from the crowd.
We've also included what we think are some of the best HDMI 2.1 monitors that are going to be heading our way soon, such as the impressive Philips Evnia 42M28900.
Let's dive in, shall we?
Best HDMI 2.1 monitor
- Gigabyte AORUS FV43U
- ASUS TUF Gaming VG28UQL1A
- SAMSUNG Odyssey G7 LS28AG700NUXXU
- Asus ROG OLED PG42UQ
- Philips Momentum 27M1F5800
- Asus ROG Strix XG43UQ
- AOC Agon AG324UX
- LG UltraGear 27GP950
- MSI Optix MAG281URF
- Philips Gaming 279M1RV
- Gigabyte M28U
- Acer Nitro XV282K
- Asus ROG Swift PG32UQ
- BenQ MOBIUZ EX3210U
- ViewSonic Elite XG320U H
Best HDMI 2.1 monitor Gigabyte - Gigabyte AORUS FV43U
The Gigabyte AORUS FV43U is an absolute beast of a monitor and is arguably one of the best we've come across.
It packs some impressive specs to its name, with 144hz, 10-bit Colour, 97% DCI-P3, HDR1000, and of course, it's 4K.
It's also 43", making it one of the largest HDMI 2.1 displays we've seen. For cinematic titles like God of War though, this should certainly help immersion. We'd even say this is a great monitor for FIFA as you should find all the sports action showcased in immense detail.
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From the stand to its backplate, this Gigabyte display features a hefty, but seriously futuristic design, and is one to consider if you're looking for a statement piece for your setup and want to unlock 120fps at 4K on PS5 or Xbox Series X.
That said, if you're searching for something similar with an OLED display, you can always check out the Gigabyte AORUS FO48U too.
Best HDMI 2.1 monitor ASUS TUF - ASUS TUF Gaming VG28UQL1A
The ASUS TUF Gaming VG28UQL1A certainly packs a punch and is a great option for most gaming enthusiasts. The TUF line is designed with performance and affordability in mind...
We believe this model possesses a great all-rounder 4K panel. It features and supports both NVIDIA G-Sync and AMD Freesync Premium, giving it wide accessibility, depending on which graphics provider you prefer.
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The 28-inch screen size is arguably one of the best screen sizes for gaming since it will make 4K images look super crisp and allows for some competitive edge when playing FPS or any other reflex-based games. This goes hand in hand nicely with its quoted brightness of 450 nits.
Its all-black outer shell and minimalistic design also mean this monitor looks the part and should blend in well with all kinds of gaming setups.
An amazing monitor for most people and a great monitor for competitive gaming, sports games, as well as everyday use in our opinion.
Best 28-inch HDMI 2.1 monitor - Samsung Odyssey G7 LS28AG700NUXXU
If you want to experience 144hz, 4K, and a 1ms response time, but also don't need a huge screen dominating your desk, then you'll want to check out Samsung's new HDMI 2.1 monitor, the Odyssey G7 LS28AG700NUXXU.
First off, aesthetically speaking, it looks absolutely amazing and continues the tradition of many of the Odyssey monitors from the brand. This is certainly one display that will take your setup to the next level.
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Under the hood, you're getting a 144hz refresh rate, 4K resolution, and support for VRR with AMD FreeSync Premium Pro.
It's also got a ton of ports, from multiple HDMI 2.1 ports, 3 x USB, and 1 x DP, making this great for multiple console setups, especially for those that have both PS5 and Xbox Series X.
You're also getting a 3.5 mm audio jack if you fancy using your wired headset for gaming.
Best HDMI 2.1 OLED monitor - Asus ROG OLED PG42UQ
The world's first 42-inch OLED gaming monitor features a panel based on LG's OLED Evo series and has a smooth 120Hz (138hz over-clocked) refresh rate to boot.
Alongside the usual 1ms response time and NVIDIA G-Sync, this is a monitor that packs a punch in the colour and brightness department. Thanks to its OLED screen, you're getting serious contrast, which will make your games look more realistic than ever.
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This is a great monitor if you're a fan of truly immersive, cinematic gaming experiences, but due to its sheer size, it may not be best to double up as a work display...
Best HDMI 2.1 monitor for work and gaming - Philips Momentum 27M1F5800
As far as gaming monitors go, Philips is slowly but surely starting to step into the spotlight. While their Evnia Series is all about gamers, we think this Philips Momentum display ticks off more than a few boxes for gamers and workers alike.
First off, you're getting 175hz, 4K, 1ms response time, plus AMD FreeSync. But it's the DisplayHDR 600 rating that takes the cake in the visuals department.
Higher HDR ratings mean a few things - higher peak brightness, a wider colour gamut, and more contrast.
Typically, with more mid-range HDMI 2.1 monitors you'll get HDR 400, so this is a welcome surprise and one that we thought made games look absolutely stunning (especially Gotham Knights).
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What makes it good for work too? Well, it comes down to a couple of things - design and eye-care modes. Visually, this isn't coated in RGB and doesn't have the cyberpunk-like aesthetic which would tie in well with some of the more gamer-orientated gaming peripherals and PC cases.
In fact, what it looks like is an everyday monitor - and that makes it brilliant for home offices or some of the more minimally designed interiors.
Add that to low blue light modes, tilt, rotation, and height adjustment, and you've got a monitor that seemingly does it all...apart from cost that is.
Best large screen HDMI 2.1 monitor - ASUS ROG Strix XG43UQ
This ASUS ROG Strix monitor is a bit of a beast on paper and was one of the first HDMI 2.1 monitors on the scene.
It packs 144hz, 4K with a 1ms response time for fast and high-resolution gameplay.
It has 2x HDMI 2.1 ports, so you can use it with one of the best gaming PCs or a console if you wish.
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HDR with a DisplayHDR 1000 certification, combined with a professional-grade 90% DCI-P3 gamut makes for a potent combination when it comes to colour and contrast.
However, if you are looking for an ever-increasingly prominent glossy monitor, then you can check out our best glossy gaming monitor list right here.
Best HDMI 2.1 monitor AOC - AOC AGON AG324UX
AOC has now released its Agon Pro HDMI 2.1 monitor, and it looks as brilliant as expected.
You're getting 144hz, 4K, and 1ms response time here, which is now the gold standard when it comes to HDMI 2.1 monitors.
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Looks, power, and a 'one size fits all' solution to your next-gen needs. It looks like AOC have done it again.
Best HDMI 2.1 monitor LG - LG UltraGear 27GP950
This HDMI 2.1 monitor boasts some impressive specs under the hood, making it a showstopper for fast-paced gaming, but at high resolution.
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For PS5 and Xbox, you'll be capped at 120fps at 4K, however, if your PC is up to the task, you can aim for a higher frame rate.
If you're playing first-person shooters, racing games, or want something which will deliver a fantastic polished quality to your gaming experience, the LG UltraGear 27GP950 could be one to certainly consider.
Best HDMI 2.1 monitor MSI - MSI Optix MAG281URF
MSI is going to be getting in on the HDMI 2.1 action with their MSI Optix MAG281URF.
The spec sheet for this new candidate looks to be pretty stacked with a 144Hz refresh rate, 4K panel, support for HDR400, and 1ms response time meaning it'll be rather powerful indeed.
There's also VRR support with Nvidia G-Sync which will eliminate any form of screen tearing. For FPS games, this MSI Optix MAG281URF also has an intriguing feature called Optix Scope, which allows for multi-stage zooming thanks to shortcut keys you can map.
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If you're a fan of RGB lighting, you'll be pleased to know this MSI monitor does have some, and it can also be synced with any other MSI peripherals you may own, which is a bonus as they also make some of the best gaming keyboards out there, too.
Best HDMI 2.1 monitor Philips - Philips Gaming 279M1RV
Philips have also recently entered the fold of HDMI 2.1 monitors with their Philips Gaming 279M1RV, which looks to be rather good indeed.
Its 4K panel plus 144Hz refresh rate offers up plenty of power, and a 1ms response time also makes this a rather quick monitor indeed.
Its 27-inch display does make this one of the smaller monitors on our list, but this should be a great monitor for any competitive players out there.
In addition, when deciding on the best monitor size for gaming, going for a 27-inch panel provides a nice middle ground between showing off cinematic experiences and also allowing you to focus on the tasks at hand when in high-intensity battles.
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The monitor also features support for AMD FreeSync Premium which should eliminate any screen-tearing and is an officially 'Designed For Xbox' monitor, which also makes it a brilliant monitor for Xbox Series X, too.
You'll find plenty of ports with 3x HDMI 2.1 offerings which should be great for those that have multi-console setups.
Best budget HDMI 2.1 monitor - Gigabyte M28U
Gigabyte makes the list again, but this time for their small, but incredibly mighty M28U.
As far as the term 'budget' goes, we're speaking relatively here, and in this case, this is certainly the most 'budget' HDMI 2.1 monitor we've come across.
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But don't expect it to not deliver - this powerhouse packs 144hz, 4K, VRR, and a whopping 0.5ms response time.
When it comes to the monitor's size, it's also only 28 inches, which makes 4K look unbelievably crisp (in our humble opinion) and doesn't require a ton of space with your setup.
This is another impressive Gigabyte monitor and one we'd say could be well worth checking out in your search for the best HDMI 2.1 option.
Best HDMI 2.1 monitor ACER - Acer Nitro XV282K
The 144Hz monitor comes with FreeSync Premium to deliver tear-free gameplay, and of course, its response time is staggeringly low coming in at just 1ms.
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Other features include HDR for immersive visuals, USB-C ports so you can pair this monitor with your laptop or Mac easily, advanced ergonomics, plus VESA compatibility in case you want to attach it to your own monitor arm.
Best HDMI 2.1 monitor Asus - ASUS ROG Swift PG32UQ
Alongside the above, ASUS is also releasing this powerhouse HDMI 2.1 monitor, in the ROG Swift PG32UQ, which comes with some seriously impressive firepower (and looks!)
It's 144hz and 4K which is great for both Xbox Series X, PS5, or gaming PC.
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For next-gen, it also supports variable refresh rates alongside 120hz at 4K. For PC, if you've got the horsepower, you're looking at up to 144hz at 4K.
At the back of the monitor, you'll find a pretty eye-catching design too, with RGB lighting, and the monitor stand itself is completely adjustable... ideal for finding that all-important viewing angle.
Best HDMI 2.1 monitor BenQ - BenQ MOBIUZ EX3210U
BenQ recently headed into the world of HDMI 2.1 monitors with their BenQ MOBIUZ EX3210U.
We loved this monitor for its fantastic HDR and a host of added features, including BenQ's excellent eye-care solutions for those who find themselves in front of their screens for more than a few hours per day.
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It's 4K, 144hz as expected with most HDMI 2.1 monitors nowadays, so it'll work well with PS5 and Xbox Series X. It also has surprisingly good audio, which shows that extra level of care BenQ has put into making this display.
As for VRR support, this BenQ offering will support adaptive sync for both Nvidia and AMD systems, and also feature AMD FreeSync Premium Pro.
Best HDMI 2.1 monitor ViewSonic - ViewSonic ELITE XG320U
ViewSonic makes a huge range of monitors, ranging from cheap and cheerful to powerhouses like this ViewSonic Elite XG320U gaming monitor.
The ViewSonic Elite is tailored toward high-performance gaming, and this monitor ticks all the right boxes.
You'll find this monitor packs a 150hz, 4K, VESA DisplayHDR 600 display, with a blisteringly fast 1ms response time.
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As far as design goes, it's not the flashiest out of the monitors we've seen, but that could also be very appealing to the more minimal aesthetic-loving there.
At the time of writing, the Elite XG320U is available to purchase now on both Amazon US and Amazon UK.
More recently released HDMI 2.1 monitors
There are a number of monitors that have been released recently that also caught our eye...let's take a look at the latest, shall we?
Sony Inzone M9
The Sony Inzone M9 looks to be a great choice for PS5 owners. A 144hz refresh rate, 4K, 27" display combines with Display HDR 600 and features like Auto HDR Tone Mapping.
Design-speaking, it's probably the closest you can get to a 'PS5 design' in a monitor, which may not be everyone's cup of tea.
It's currently available to order at Amazon for £999.
Samsung Odyssey Neo G8
CES 2022 saw Samsung launch a new addition to their Odyssey Neo line-up with the curved Samsung Odyssey Neo G8.
In addition, the Odyssey Neo G8 looks to utilise a Quantum Mini-LED backlit panel with an expected 1196 dimming zones that should allow for 2000 nits of peak brightness thanks to QuantumHDR 2000 support.
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A 1000R curvature may be a little steep for some, but if you're looking for maximum immersion, then it should be rather good indeed, and push Samsung's offering towards being one of the best curved monitors for gaming out there.
As for its availability, you can currently purchase the new monitor in the US, via Samsung's website, with a global release expected to arrive soon.
For the UK, you can currently pre-order the new monitor directly from Samsung's website, with shipments expected to start from 28 July onwards.
Samsung also announced some other incredible monitors at CES 2022, the Odyssey Ark and the Odyssey G8QNB, which, whilst aren't HDMI 2.1, still look fantastic and should be worth a pickup once released.
Samsung also recently unveiled their Odyssey Neo G7 S32GB75 gaming monitor which appears to be a cheaper alternative to the Neo G8 and features HDMI 2.1 capabilities.
AOC AGON AG274UXP
For fans of smaller monitors, the AOC AGON AG274UXP looks like a marvellous choice and should pack quite a punch in games.
What you're getting is a 4K Nano IPS panel with a 144Hz refresh rate that should be able to deliver super-sharp images with a silky smooth output on next-gen consoles and PCs alike.
On the point of sharp images, this is backed up by the point the AGON AG274UXP offers DisplayHDR600, allowing it to feature 600 nits of brightness for crisp images. You'll also find it features Nvidia G-Sync, so any form of screen tearing or stuttering is eliminated.
In addition, a 1ms response time ensures there should be practically no input lag, and could also help to make this one of the best options for competitive gaming, given the power on offer.
If you're after an even faster display, AOC also recently announced the upcoming AGON PRO AG274QZM which features a Mini LED display, QHD resolution, and 240Hz refresh rate.
LG UltraGear 32GQ950
The LG 32GQ950 was rolled out in Q3 2022, and it was available in the US and for pre-orders across Europe.
As promised, the almost-borderless monitor comes with a 32-inch and 4k display, making it a good fit for gaming on a console as well as a PC. With HDMI 2.1, the new LG monitor is ready for next-gen consoles - PS5 and Xbox Series X.
You can catch all the action happening in 4k resolution at 144Hz. As the monitor is compatible with G-Sync, you shouldn't have to worry about screen tearing and ghosting. With a 1ms response time, the monitor will keep up with all the fast-paced games.
The Nano IPS panel, coupled with the ATW Polarizer technology, should deliver high colour fidelity. Add DisplayHDR 1000 to the mix and you get wide colour ranges and high nit brightness.
As things stand, you can currently pre-order the upcoming monitor in Europe directly from LG's website.
ASUS ROG SWIFT PG32UQXE
For those wanting a rather powerful HDMI 2.1 monitor that offers a beefier spec sheet than its predecessor, the upcoming ASUS ROG SWIFT PG32UQXE may just tick the right boxes.
Compared to the older ROG SWIFT PG32UQX, this new version ups the refresh rate to 160Hz and also utilises an adaptive Mini LED panel, which, whilst halving the number of zones, helps to resist the effects of LED burn-in.
For ports, you're getting a good selection with an HDMI 2.1 port allowing for powerful next-gen console gaming alongside DP 1.4, USB-C, and HDMI 2.0, too.
Best upcoming HDMI 2.1 monitors
Whilst more monitors have made their way to us, there are a number of monitors you'll want to look out for in the near future.
New HDMI 2.1 monitors look to be adding in some exciting features such as bigger displays and even OLED or Mini LED panels for even sharper contrast and extra brightness, alongside increasingly accurate colour.
Philips recently announced their new Evnia line of gaming peripherals, including gaming mice, keyboards, headsets, and of course, gaming monitors.
Out of the three displays we were lucky enough to see at their huge global event in the Stade de France, we thought the 42M28900 stood out for its breathtaking OLED screen and unique design.
Philips have gone all-in with their Ambiglow lighting, which can now be found on the back of each gaming monitor in the Evnia lineup. We've seen it in action, and it looks seriously good...
Add that to a 138hz refresh rate, 0.1ms response time, and HDMI 2.1 connectivity and you've got something that could well be the perfect match for both console and PC gamers alike.
Keep your eyes open around mid-January for this one, because we think it's going to be a game-changer.
Lenovo Legion Y32p-30
Announced at IFA 2022, Lenovo's Legion upgrade to the Y32p has everything a competitive gamer would want in a monitor.
A 32-inch screen featuring 4k resolution, 144Hz, and a ridiculous 0.2ms response time means this monitor has the ability to compete at the top end of the table. 16 local dimming zones ensure top-of-the-range colour quality at 99% of the sRGB colour gamuts.
As if the Legion Y32p couldn't pack more into the package, it also features a foldable headset holder and KVM switch, syncing nicely with your other peripherals and consoles.
Its USB Hub contains a USB-C 3.1 port and two USB-A 3.1 ports, HDMI 2.1 ports, alongside a DisplayPort 1.4, two HDMI 2.1 ports, and a 3.5mm audio jack, making the monitor more than capable of connecting to most hardware options.
A tiltable, height adjustable, and swivel-able stand comes as standard, but there is also room for third-party VESA arms as well, if you wish to further customise your monitor's positioning.
This sweet piece of kit is expected to be made available starting around January 2023 for roughly $749.
Acer Predator CG48
The Acer Predator CG48 is another highly-anticipated HDMI 2.1 monitor heading our way soon.
This monitor features a whopping 48-inch OLED display and offers a 4K resolution alongside a 120Hz refresh rate.
While not every HDMI 2.1 monitor packs an OLED display, we are starting to see more and more options enter the market.
OLED displays typically have greater contrast due to their self-illuminating pixels, and they've come a long way in recent years thanks to advancements in overall brightness and picture quality.
Do note though that these OLED monitors are likely to come at an increased cost initially, so it may be worth waiting a bit longer as HDMI 2.1 monitors become more common, as will the OLED panels.
Be sure to stay tuned for all the latest updates.
Frequently asked questions
As with most tech, there are always questions that pop up time and time again, and we're here to answer the most common queries so you can make the best decision possible with your next upgrade.
Are HDMI 2.1 monitors worth it?
The short answer is yes, they are. But only if you want to get the most out of next-gen gaming consoles or your powerful PC setup.
The big pull of HDMI 2.1 monitors is their ability to handle 4K at 120 FPS, often using an HDMI connection. This means that you can use them for both next-gen consoles or PCs, however, most PC users may opt for a DisplayPort 1.4 connection instead.
Console gamers especially will benefit from these monitors, as they will be able to experience some of the power of next-gen consoles without having to shell out for one of the best TVs for PS5 or one of the best TVs for Xbox Series X.
If you're on the fence about getting an HDMI 2.1 monitor, we'd recommend grabbing a 4K, 60hz display to test the waters.
In a more general sense, in the battle between regular and gaming monitors, we'd say gaming monitors are better and these HDMI 2.1 offerings are definitely worth it.
While some of the best monitors for home working, for instance, focus colour accuracy, brightness, and the ability to multitask, gaming monitors, such as these HDMI 2.1 offerings, are designed to give you a competitive edge against your opposition.
That, if you're looking for something more affordable, you can always check out the top gaming monitors for under 200.
Do you need an HDMI 2.1 monitor for 120hz gaming?
Essentially no, but you do need one if you want to get 120Hz at 4K and therefore the best performance on your next-gen console.
That's not all though, you'll also need a machine powerful enough, so make sure you've either got a next-gen console or a very powerful gaming PC before committing, or if you'd prefer something portable, you could even opt for some of the best gaming laptops.
When will more HDMI 2.1 monitors come out?
Even though HDMI 2.1 monitors made their first appearance back in late 2020, they can still be relatively hard to find in stock.
There are plenty of new monitors coming our way, as you can see in our Upcoming section, but as and when we hear about any more, we'll definitely be updating this list.
How much should you spend on an HDMI 2.1 monitor?
There are no two ways about it - they're expensive, and understandably so.
You're looking at around $1000 plus for an HDMI 2.1 display that's considered one of the best 43" monitors on the market, and around the $800 mark for small ones
It's an investment, but it's a good one considering they're practically future-proof
If you're working with a budget and interested in a 4K display, it may be worth checking out the best budget 4K monitor list from our friends at Stealth Optional. For 1080p though, the best budget 1080p monitors have you covered.
Should you get an HDMI 2.1 monitor or an HDMI 2.1 TV?
For living room setups, go for a TV but for a desktop, you'll want to go with a monitor.
Both will offer you the same power of 4K output at 120Hz, but just at different screen sizes. TVs can also have additional creature comforts like an OLED panel to offer incredible contrast, for instance.
Opting for some of the bigger HDMI 2.1 monitors will give you that TV-like experience, and even then some manufacturers are also adding OLED HDMI 2.1 monitors to their arsenals, such as ASUS and Acer.
There's always the option of going with a top ultrawide monitor as well if you're after a monitor specifically, but that's sized more like a TV than a regular PC display.
In terms of price, they're sort of on even levels, and there are even some cracking 120hz Gaming TVs coming in at under $1000.
Much like with the world of monitors, there are also more HDMI 2.1-capable TVs being released with the Sony A75K looking to be the latest one to be announced, alongside LG's C2 and G2 TVs.
Do you need an HDMI 2.1 cable for your HDMI 2.1 monitor?
In short, yes. Having one of the best HDMI 2.1 cables is going to be key in making sure the output from your console/PC to your monitor is as good as it can be.
This is due to the fact that the newer cables that support the HDMI 2.1 standard with their higher refresh rates and are, therefore, different from the older HDMI 2.0 options, most of which were practically identical.
Can HDMI 2.1 do 144Hz?
In short, yes. It looks like HDMI 2.1 can output at 144Hz and at 4K, hence why a lot of the monitors above support the refresh rate.
It is also worth noting that you can get 144Hz on HDMI 2.0 monitors, as long as they support the refresh rates. You can even get 240Hz on an HDMI signal, as long as you're willing to sacrifice some visual fidelity with 1080p or 1440p.
This is only true for PC gaming, of course, as next-gen consoles are of course working with 4K at 120Hz.
What Is 'Fake HDMI 2.1'?
Whilst we do have a separate guide on what fake HDMI 2.1 is, let's break things down a little.
Fake HDMI 2.1 in essence refers to a monitor that states it is HDMI 2.1 but doesn't feature what are understood to traditionally be HDMI 2.1 features.
Monitors may label themselves as being HDMI 2.1 but may not have features such as VRR or ALLM, which are traditionally associated with HDMI 2.1 monitors. VRR stands for Variable Refresh Rate whilst ALLM refers to Auto-Low-Latency Mode.
Such features are optional when it comes to labeling a display as HDMI 2.1, which appears to be a consequence of HDMI 2.0 no longer 'existing' as a standard, so, therefore, all new monitors can be labeled as HDMI 2.1 without having the classic set of features.
Always make sure to do your own digging before committing to a monitor, to avoid disappointment.
Is DisplayPort faster than HDMI?
Truth be told, there isn't necessarily a concrete measure to find out whether DisplayPort is quicker than HDMI 2.1.
When looking at bandwidth, it's worth noting that HDMI 2.1 can carry more data than DP 1.4, but less than the emerging DP 2.0.
The actual response time and refresh rate of the output are arguably determined more by the monitor than the cable it's utilising, and in addition, the platform you're using will determine which port you'll be using.
Whilst DP can carry more bandwidth, it doesn't mean it's a faster connection than HDMI.
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