What is DisplayPort?

DisplayPort (left in the image above) is a 20-pin digital video cable developed by the Video Electronics Standards Association (VESA). It is one of the most advanced cables on the market today and was specifically designed for use with computer monitors.

What is Mini DisplayPort?

Mini DisplayPort (right in the image above) is a downsized version of DisplayPort that is used on devices too small to fit a standard DisplayPort.

What is Thunderbolt?

Thunderbolt is an off-shoot of Mini DisplayPort developed by Intel & Apple most commonly seen on Apple products. While Thunderbolt and Mini DisplayPort look the same, Thunderbolt is much more advanced. Mini DisplayPort is not forward compatible with Thunderbolt, but Thunderbolt is backward compatible with Mini Displayport.

What is DisplayPort 1.2?

DisplayPort 1.2 is the current standard version manufactured by most cable makers. DisplayPort was originally released in 2006 (version 1.0) but has had several improvements since then. There are versions better than 1.2 as well, but they are considered overkill for non-professional usage.

Is DisplayPort Backward Compatible?

Yes, both DisplayPort cables and the actual DisplayPorts are all backward and forward compatible. However, the signal quality will only go up to the specs of the oldest connection in the system.

What is the Distance Limit of DisplayPort?

Recent developments have boosted the maximum distance of DisplayPort to 25 feet. The old limit was 15 feet.

Can DisplayPort Carry Audio?

Yes, DisplayPort is an audio/video cable.

Can DisplayPort Support 4k?

Yes, all versions of DisplayPort can support at least 4k. Newer versions can support up to 8k.

Are DisplayPort and HDMI Compatible?

Yes, HDMI and DisplayPort are cross-compatible.

What Other Cables are Compatible with DisplayPort?

DisplayPort can work with older video connections found on computers, namely DVI and VGA.