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What do I need to know about different versions of the DisplayPort standard?

DisplayPort is a modern digital video standard that is typically used for computer monitors. The standard replaces other standards such as VGA, DVI, and HDMI, but allows for adaption to older video standards.

There are two connector types for DisplayPort: DisplayPort and Mini-DisplayPort.

DisplayPort versions

Multiple versions of DisplayPort have been introduced. Later versions of the standard increased the bandwidth and amount of video modes, and implemented features beyond a simple video standard. The version is typically identified by the DisplayPort source and destination device specifications.

The following table shows the key features of each revision.

Version Release date Maximum speed Connector type(s) Introduced features
1.1 May 2006 8.64 Gb/s DisplayPort
  • Copper and fiber cabling
  • HDCP and DPCP
  • Active adapters
  • 7.1 audio
1.2 December 2009 17.28 Gb/s DisplayPort, Mini-DisplayPort, Thunderbolt, USB-C
  • Multi Stream Transport (MST)
  • Improved video and audio sync
  • Passive adapters
1.3 September 2014 25.92 Gb/s DisplayPort, Mini-DisplayPort, Thunderbolt, USB-C
  • 4K and 8K support
  • HDMI 2.0
  • DockPort