Originally Posted by IceCreamBarr
I applaud AMD for making it easier to have multi display but I need to get a "conspiracy" (of sorts) off my chest... there is NO WAY that the monitor industry has decided to omit DisplayPort from the connectivity options on their monitors because of early adoption issues. There is something going on in the background, I call it collusion, that is preventing the royalty free acceptance of DisplayPort. This display standard comes from the same brains and group, VESA, that created VGA and DVI - Wiki VESA, it gives an interesting take on the omissions. I would counter the Wiki by saying that HDMI is not free; why cry over paying one guy and not the other?
This collusion runs much deeper than just connectivity; bezel thickness, panel technology, lighting technology (although ViewSonic broke rank, let's see what happens now... collusion doesn't work when one guy gets greedy).
These issues will all be fixed in time, no doubt about it, but the monitor manufacturers need to milk each and every advancement... not one monitor manufacturer is making the ultimate screen at a reasonable price, this can only mean collusion.
EU, hey Europe, get on this, sue them or whatever it is you do to companies like Microsoft so their ballz shrink within your borders. Get these monitors flowing, I WANT EYEFINITY.
The monitor manufacturers do not care that Displayport is royalty free, they are not paying huge amounts for HDMI/DVI. I think the royalty is something like $0.04 per connector or something like that, so 8¢ per monitor if they include DVI and an HDMI port.
However, HDMI and DVI are both widely adopted standards in the industry, so even if you make a Displayport monitor, you still have to include DVI at the minimum, so they are paying the royalties anyway. However, they have to re-engineer their monitors, retool their factories, re-write technical manuals. All of that costs money, money that would be spend on a standard that 99% of potential buyers has no interest in. So while DP is royalty free, it isn't free.
There is no conspiracy here, HDMI and DVI were here first, it is what people accepted. So even if something better and "cheaper" comes around, the industry isn't likely to shift towards it unless there is really a demanded need that it fills that the other adaptors can't.