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Nvidia GeForce RTX 5000 series rumored to support DisplayPort 2.1

Leaks claim Nvidia RTX 5000 graphics cards will pack DisplayPort 2.1 ports, bringing support for higher resolutions and refresh rates.

An Nvidia GeForce RTX Founders Edition graphics card, showcasing its display inputs (bottom left)

The Nvidia GeForce RTX 5000 series will undoubtedly push the performance envelope, so it’d be a shame for its capabilities to be constrained by an aging interface. Thankfully, it appears that the new graphics card range will avoid this particular pitfall by sporting the latest display inputs, making them primed and ready for gaming monitors of today and the future.

Currently, GeForce RTX 40 graphics cards only able to support a maximum native resolution and refresh rate of 4K/120Hz, due to their use of HDMI 2.1 and DisplayPort 1.4 ports. While this is seldom an issue right now, it will likely limit even the GeForce RTX 4090 in the future as gaming monitor specs continue to improve.

A screenshot from X (formerly Twitter), of a post by kopite7kimi

While there’s no way to address this limitation on existing stock, Nvidia is allegedly tackling the lack of DisplayPort 2.1 in its upcoming GeForce RTX 5000 series. According to leaker kopite7kimi, we can expect to see the display interface make an appearance on the upcoming pixel pusher family.

If true, this would negate one of the few advantages that AMD offers versus Nvidia. Its Radeon RX 7900 XTX and other RDNA 4 graphics cards already support DisplayPort 2.1, adding to their long-term value if you plan on picking up one of the best gaming monitors.

Given the above, it’s likely that we’ll see DisplayPort 2.1 materialize on GeForce RTX 5000 graphics cards, but we’ll need to wait a while longer before we can expect confirmation from Nvidia itself. In the meantime, we may have the GeForce RTX 4080 Super and more to look forward to.

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