Long gone are the days of playing “Pong” with minimal graphics and consequent data required to display the game. Now, avid gamers can appreciate the high-quality images perpetuated and provided by advanced technology, including specialty cables that can run 144Hz.
HDMI cables from editions 1.2 and up can run 144Hz. However, before the HDMI 2.0 was released, HDMI cables could only run 144Hz at a 1080p resolution. If you are looking to stream 4K resolution (on a device that supports it), you will need to invest in an HDMI cable that is a 2.0 edition or beyond.
Of course, if you choose to stream in 1080p resolution, you will still likely be impressed with the efficiency of the refresh rate on your display made possible by the HDMI cable supporting 144Hz.
With that said, it is important to know the ins and outs that come into play when using HDMI to run your gaming (or other types of media) on monitors or consoles.
Which HDMI Cables Run 144Hz?
For better or worse, the equipment that is required to run gaming and other high speed displays is highly advanced meaning you will need to purchase specialty equipment in order to view your media the way that you desire to.
Now, while many avid gamers would argue that this investment is well worth it for the experience that this type of technology can create, it is still important to know exactly what you need.
All HDMI cables 1.2 edition and beyond can run at 144Hz, but earlier editions were not designed to support as high of resolution as the HDMI 2.0 and up can support. If you do not mind sacrificing the contrast, image quality, and impressive detail that 4K resolution can offer, then opt between HDMI 1.2-2.0.
However, if you plan on running your media at 4K resolution (a highly impressive visual option that you can see even the finest blades of grass displayed on your screen), then you will need to opt for a later edition of HDMI cable including the HDMI 2.0 and beyond.
On this note, you will also need to ensure that your gaming console or monitor, as well as your display screen (TV), is able to support this type of media. Otherwise, you might be disappointed to find out that the investment will need to continue in other parts of your gaming system that will make this setup possible.
Still, with this in mind, many gamers choose to invest in the latest edition of HDMI cable knowing that they will want to continue to invest in new pieces of technology to enhance their overall media experience.
Using an HDMI cable that is at least of the 2.0 generation is imperative to keep up with the latest technology that will be seen across the board on your equipment.
Why Do You Need a High-Quality Cable to Run 144Hz?
Ok, so we have gathered that an HDMI cable 1.2 edition and up can run 144Hz at some resolution- before 2.0 being at 1080p and 2.0 and up being at 4K resolution.
Still, you might be wondering about the basics like why you need a high-quality cable to be able to run 144Hz in the first place. After all, can any old cable do the trick?
You need a high-quality cable (like an HDMI cable 2.0 generation and up) to run 144Hz at the highest resolution (4K) considering the high amount of data that is required to be transferred between your device and display. Specifically, you need the refresh rate of your display to reach 144 images refreshed per second.
In case you are unaware, this is a very high level of data that is required for the desired level of display that you are asking for.
However, in reality, this will look like incredibly detailed features on your character’s faces, the ability to see a high level of depth on your screen, and an overall impressive visual and audio gaming experience.
While 144Hz is more specifically referring to the number of images that are being displayed (refreshed) on your screen each second, it is still important to note that an HDMI cable will be transferring the audio for this data as well.
This makes it even more imperative that the cable is high-quality enough to handle all of the visual and audio data that will be transferred over it.
On this note, it is important to be able to see that the cables you are using to connect your devices are not just simple pieces of metal wrapped in some type of insulated cord.
Instead, they are highly advanced pieces of technology that can help to connect the various pieces of equipment in your setup to run smoothly together.
For this reason, you will need a high-quality cable to be able to handle a high-quality data transfer. Fortunately for you, this investment will have an almost immediate payoff as you begin to stream high-quality images on your screen.
Not only will you be impressed, but your friends and family who use your equipment with you will also be thoroughly impressed by the setup you have been able to make possible.
Can HDMI Run 144Hz on a Monitor?
So, you have your monitor plugged in, your HDMI 2.1 edition cable ready to go, and your friends are all waiting anticipatorily as you get ready to set up for a fun-filled gaming night. What you did not consider, though is if the HDMI cable- that can handle 144Hz- will work specifically on your monitor.
While HDMI cables editions 1.2 and up are capable of running 144Hz, they can only work on monitors that are capable of withstanding this as well. Many monitors are able to support a 144Hz refresh rate over HDMI connectivity, but some require the use of DisplayPort connectivity.
As you plug in your HDMI cable that can handle the display refresh rate of 144Hz, you would assume that this is where the tech might stop and end.
However, if your monitor is unable to achieve this connectivity rating, then the 144Hz will not be able to run accordingly. Instead, you might have to use a DisplayPort connectivity option instead or opt for a lower refresh rate.
For example, many monitors are able to work with HDMI connectivity at a 120Hz rating- so while the HDMI connection option is available, the speed of the refresh rate has gone down. Along the same lines, many TV monitors are unable to achieve 144Hz over HDMI connectivity as well.
Because of this, it is incredibly important to determine what the specifications are on your monitor before you decide to purchase a new HDMI cable and expect it to work with your monitor automatically.
You need to ensure that each component of your system is able to stream and handle the same rating that you are attempting to push the data through on all of the devices.
Can HDMI Run 144Hz on a Gaming Console?
Ok, so now that we have established a few of the ins and outs with an HDMI cable running 144Hz and the specifications needed when using this type of cable on your monitor, this might still leave it up to debate on how this would work with an Xbox One X or another type of gaming console.
Specifically, if HDMI cables (1.2 and up) can run 144Hz, is this always the case for your gaming console?
Unfortunately, the highest refresh rating offered on a gaming console is 120Hz on the Xbox One X. This means that even in the event that you are using an HDMI cable that can run 144Hz, it will not be able to process more information than your gaming console can supply.
This can be a bit frustrating to gamers who are used to using higher display rates with their PC games or other types of systems.
Still, it is important to remember that the HDMI cable is a specific piece of equipment that is used to transmit the video and audio signals between devices. However, it cannot transmit more than it receives.
When you use an HDMI cable with a gaming console, even one with the fastest refresh rating like the Xbox One X, you still rely on that gaming console system to supply the data that the HDMI cable will transmit.
In this example, the HDMI cable could transmit the data and run 120Hz, but it could only run as high up as the gaming system supplies.
If you are using an older model of gaming system like the PlayStation 4, you would only be able to run as much as this system can support- 60Hz- instead of the maximum rating that the HDMI cable can support.
For this reason, among many others, it is important to consider what your gaming needs are and which pieces of equipment are worth investing your resources and time into.