Connectivity

Gaming Monitors

Various standards exist for connecting your monitor to your pc.

These generally offer improvement or advantages over each, a list of the common ones are listed below:

VGA

The Video Graphics Array connector is an older, common connection type found on many computers although it’s being replaced by newer technologies. It’s an analog connection type carrying a RGBHV signal.

DVI

DVI is a digital interface developed with the intention of being an industry standard and is compatible with the VGA interface (via an adapter). It’s still fairly common on graphics cards and monitors and is available in a few different configurations. Limitations of your most common DVI connector are 1920x1200 at 60 Hz, but can reach 2560x1600 at 60 Hz. Using dual-link this is compatible with higher refresh rates (120 Hz). DVI is still commonly found on monitors.

HDMI

High Definition Multimedia Interface is a proprietary audio/video interface. It’s common on TV’s and can be found on most modern monitors and provides a convenient way to connect an output, like your gaming PC with a monitor or TV. The cables can transfer up to 18 Gbit/s in HDMI 2.0 supporting up to 4K, the cables also transfer sound allowing a single cable for both audio and visual connectivity on a single cable.

DisplayPort

DisplayPort is another digital display interface industry standard found on newer graphics and monitors, it provides a small convenient connection type that’s specifically designed to replace VGA and DVI. DisplayPort 1.2a features an optional Adaptive Sync and 1.3 supports 7680×4320 (8K). Over the next few years this will likely be the most commonly used connection type for gaming monitors.