You May Not Need A New HDMI 2.0 Cable For Your 4K Monitor At 60Hz
If you are going out to buy a 4K ultra HD monitor then you might be confused with what kind of wire you need to go with your system. Be advised in order to run so many pixels you will need a GPU that can withstand the rendering. The latest GPUs from Nvidia work fine over HDMI while on the AMD side of things it is a bit different as the company has preferred to stick with DisplayPort. The latest HDMI specification is HDMI 2.0b. What are the benefits of HDMI 2.0 you ask?
HDMI 2.0 enables you to have a 4K/60Hz output. HDMI 2.0 does not define whether you need a special kind of cable or not. It all comes down to what you need out of the monitor and whether you want the best possible output or anything would do. If you have spent money on a 4K display then chances are that you want the very best results out of what you have got.
Here is what you need to know about HDMI 2.0 cables:
- Standard HDMI Cable: Supports up to 1080i or 720p video
- Standard HDMI Cable with Ethernet: Same baseline performance as the Standard HDMI Cable, plus an additional dedicated data channel for device networking
- High-Speed HDMI Cable: Supports up to 4K at 60Hz, 3D, and Deep Color display technologies
- High-Speed HDMI Cable with Ethernet: Same baseline performance as the High-Speed HDMI Cable, plus an additional dedicated data channel for device networking
- Premium High-Speed HDMI Cable: Special designation for High-Speed HDMI Cables that have passed additional testing and certification for ultra-reliable performance for the most advanced capabilities, including high frame rates, HDR, expanded color space, and more
- Premium High-Speed HDMI Cable with Ethernet: Same baseline performance as the Premium High-Speed HDMI Cable, plus an additional data channel for device networking
The sweet spot is 18Gbps, this is enough for all applications. The quality of the cable will help you get this speed.