Have been frustrated over this system ever since adding a new GPU in April of this year, a nVidia GTX 960 that has DP 1.2 & HDMI 2.
Purchased an Accell certified DP 1.2 cable at a cost of $20 & it's no faster than the Nippon branded one that was purchased with the PC, 1.62Gbps x4 lanes = 6.48Mbps, which is slower than the very first DP 1.0 speeds (8.64Mbps) close to 10 years back. DP 1.2 speeds are 17.28Gbps total & has been a standard since December 2009, which only pours gas on the fire at me being ticked off. ASUS had all of the needed time to adjust & didn't, will never purchase their monitors again. In fact, with 4K UHD, will never consider a lesser standard, as prices are now dropping since more are hopping on the train.
In fact, DP 1.3 has been approved, and will likely be in devices by the next holiday season. While many may not realize this DP is said to be better than HDMI, which only recently caught up with DP 2.0 speeds & other specs, meaning in reality that 4K was available years ago, as far as the speeds goes, it's the other hardware (graphics cards, monitors & the price of TV's) that's held back the standard more than anything.
Come to find the monitor was the weak link, an ASUS VE248Q purchased about 3 months after the PC. While it does have great response time (2ms) & is & has been a decent monitor, feel kind of cheated 2 years later to find out it was only compliant with DP 1.1a, which isn't in Newegg's link & neither on ASUS's at the time. Today, 'Full HD 1080p' tells me nothing within itself, other than the screen resolution. Actually wasn't sure what to look for, even if I had been doing so, other than I wanted a gaming capable monitor & $300 was within my budget. I broke that by $9 because it was $200 off the retail price. Needless to say by now, this was my first major monitor purchase, had been running those given to me for doing computer work.
ASUS's spec sheet, which I read pre-purchase, kind of misleading by not publishing neither which DP or HDMI spec used. Will never make this mistake again.
All of this said, would I be better using a high speed HDMI cable (which I have), which runs at a max of 10.2Mbps? It's not a lot, yet as many of us enthusiasts says, 'every little bit counts'. What that may translate to be could be different. Current speeds posted below, don't know where to find this on Windows, and since I'm a 95% Linux Mint to 5% Windows user, it would matter if it shows, yet it doesn't, though does on my main OS. Maybe nVidia supports Linux users a little more than some of us thinks.
The reason I'm asking prior to doing is that there's a lot of things that will need rearranging, like at least 3 computers & cable arrangement, because I have no other one that runs DP, unlike other technologies, there's no adapter that will attach onto a DP cable to plug into a monitor, meaning another one will have to go to DVI-D or VGA. I also have so much hardware crammed in what was once a large area, yet not any longer, the printer is now sitting on the very top of the computer desk, which has storage area, and there's a table beside it with 2 more PC's.
Bottom line, is the roughly 3.72Mbps speed (about half of what I'm running) worth the effort? If so, I can try & see, and then make other adjustments if there's a noticeable difference. I just need some opinions as to the difference I'll see, would like to think that adding half again the speed, the monitor would be faster.
Though I know deep down that only 4K UHD will be my next step, it's a matter of when pricing drops, hopefully there'll be a price war come next holiday season, along with DP 1.3, though the latter will require a lot of changes on the hardware end. Still, my GPU has nVidia certified HDMI 2 in the specs along with 3 DP 1.2 ports, of which both are enough for that.
Is that enough to force the monitor to use the 10.2Mbps from the HDMI? This is nearly 2016 & these are speeds of the 1.3 spec (including overhead), which will be 10 years old come June 22 (second link). These cards are in PC's that many sits to the road for anyone in need to freely pick up or drops off at donation centers. ASUS should have been doing at least that good just two holiday seasons back.
All feedback is welcome & appreciated.
Edited by hamluis, 08 January 2016 - 01:23 PM.
Moved from System Building to Internal Hardware - Hamluis.