Wednesday, January 6th 2021

Ultra High Speed HDMI 2.1 Cables Now Entering Wide Market Availability

Over three years after the launch of the HDMI Specification Version 2.1, major products are now widely available that support HDMI 2.1 features including 4K@120Hz, 8K@60Hz, Dynamic HDR and eARC. Instead of asking when HDMI 2.1-enabled products will be available, people are now asking for advice about which new HDMI 2.1-enabled products to buy.

"It's exciting to see so many new products available with these new features," said Rob Tobias, CEO and president of HDMI Licensing Administrator, Inc. (HDMI LA). "And with the launch of the latest gaming consoles, consumers can now enjoy a thrilling HDMI 2.1 end-to-end experience with consoles, AVR's, cables, TVs and monitors. With shipments of HDMI products reaching almost 10 billion since it launched in 2002, HDMI technology continues to be the universal interface for consumer electronics products."
HDMI 2.1 technology's enhanced gaming features deliver advanced, unrivaled gaming experiences into the home. These features include Variable Refresh Rate (VRR), Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM) and Quick Frame Transport (QFT); and when combined with new 4K and 8K displays, HDR and eARC immersive audio, HDMI 2.1 brings the best of home entertainment to life. The new Fixed Rate Link (FRL) mode of HDMI 2.1 ensures much more robust video delivery over the cable, by using a robust forward error correction scheme, combined with a link training protocol which adapts the link rate, if needed.
Another year of big accomplishments for the HDMI Forum
"The HDMI Forum didn't rest after releasing the 2.1 specification and 2020 was one of its busiest years ever," said David Glen of Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. and President of the HDMI Forum. "We launched the Ultra High Speed HDMI Cable Certification Program (UHS Program) and now these UHS Cables are available in the market to enable full the 48 Gbps performance of HDMI 2.1. We also released the Compliance Test Specification for Active Cables, and end-users will shortly be able to purchase Active Optical Cables that support longer length installations, an important step in completing the HDMI 2.1 ecosystem." Regarding the future he added, "In addition to the great products released in 2020, we're expecting many new products in 2021 supporting the enhanced features of HDMI 2.1."

The mandatory UHS Program ensures that quality Ultra High Speed HDMI Cables reach the market and support 4K and 8K video, HDR, VRR, eARC and all other HDMI 2.1 features, and cables are required to affix an Ultra High Speed HDMI Certification Label to each package notifying consumers of the certification status of the product. These Certified cable designs must pass rigorous testing requirements for 48G signal performance and pass new state-of-the-art EMI tests designed to minimize interference with Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and other radio frequencies.

The HDMI Forum is also promoting HDMI Cable Power. With this feature, active HDMI Cables can now be powered directly from the HDMI Connector, without attaching a separate power cable. This makes attaching and using active HDMI Cables as easy as using passive, wired HDMI Cables.
Shipments of Premium High Speed HDMI Cables grow along with expansion of 4K content distribution
With the explosion of 4K content, this cable is vital to both the consumer and commercial sectors connecting 4K cable, satellite and IPTV set top boxes to TVs. It is specified globally for use by service providers for in-home installations. It also requires packaging to display the Premium HDMI Cable Certification Label for added verification of compliance and to prevent counterfeiting; this cable certification program is also administered by HDMI LA.
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21 Comments on Ultra High Speed HDMI 2.1 Cables Now Entering Wide Market Availability

#1
FreedomEclipse
~Technological Technocrat~
Is this like the same thing where they charge you an extra 350% because it has gold plated connectors but this time its a certification??
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#2
Dristun
FreedomEclipseIs this like the same thing where they charge you an extra 350% because it has gold plated connectors but this time its a certification??
Kinda. There are non-certified that are capable of 48gbps but at the same time there are definitely others that aren't. This is more like "overpaying because I can't be arsed to read specs and reviews on cheaper ones" - simple peace of mind thing if you're lazy.
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Raevenlord
News Editor
DristunKinda. There are non-certified that are capable of 48gbps but at the same time there are definitely others that aren't. This is more like "overpaying because I can't be arsed to read specs and reviews on cheaper ones" - simple peace of mind thing if you're lazy.
That all goes out the window with "up to X" speed values, though.
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#4
Dristun
RaevenlordThat all goes out the window with "up to X" speed values, though.
Yeah, you're right. So in the end if someone splurged on a fully packed Atmos audio+receiver combo and 120hz+hdr panel they'll still have to read through reviews for a cable that actually does what they want. [ISPOILER]100% chance that tons of people will use older cables and won't notice :laugh: [/ISPOILER]
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Raevenlord
News Editor
DristunYeah, you're right. So in the end if someone splurged on a fully packed Atmos audio+receiver combo and 120hz+hdr panel they'll still have to read through reviews for a cable that actually does what they want. [ISPOILER]100% chance that tons of people will use older cables and won't notice :laugh: [/ISPOILER]
Indeed. t's what I always do, even with things such as USB drives. There's no way to really know without a certification (or a review) because of the "up to" clause.
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#6
R-T-B
I've been using a club3d 3m un-certed hdmi 2.1 cable since before cert'd cables were a thing.

Works fine, for anyone curious. Using at HDR 4k@120hz.
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Raevenlord
News Editor
R-T-BI've been using a club3d 3m un-certed hdmi 2.1 cable since before cert'd cables were a thing.

Works fine, for anyone curious. Using at HDR 4k@120hz.
But you'se a smart frogger, we all know that :slap:
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#8
R-T-B
RaevenlordBut you'se a smart frogger, we all know that :slap:
It wasn't smart. It was a lucky guess.

That's why certs are good.
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#10
Tomorrow
RIP DisplayPort?

2.0 is nowhere to be seen. It looks like the future is HDMI and DP will slowly fade away?
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#11
siki
nuggdoctorive been using this monster cable hdmi for 2 years now. its awesome. and for the money its lasted quite awhile. i use it for my pc and used to use it for my one x. www.walmart.com/ip/Monster-UHD-Platinum-Fiber-Optic-HDMI-Cable-15ft/247894860?irgwc=1&sourceid=imp_wwYVh010exyLTlCwUx0Mo3bMUkEyKpyvNxPFUY0&veh=aff&wmlspartner=imp_353483&clickid=wwYVh010exyLTlCwUx0Mo3bMUkEyKpyvNxPFUY0&sharedid=798812279-190-&affiliates_ad_id=566719&campaign_id=9383
It lasted quite awhile? As oppose to HDMI cables that break down for no reason?
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#12
nuggdoctor
sikiIt lasted quite awhile? As oppose to HDMI cables that break down for no reason?
a lot of people think that their gpu is bad when in reality its their hdmi cable. ive had dozens of cables die on me. this ones still going strong. wasnt sure if it would hold out being that its powered. that means it carries an electrical current with it to carry the data. thats why it can only be used one way. unlike regular hdmi cables that you can use either end for your source or monitor/tv. thehometheaterdiy.com/signs-and-symptoms-of-a-bad-hdmi-cable/
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#13
R-T-B
TomorrowRIP DisplayPort?

2.0 is nowhere to be seen. It looks like the future is HDMI and DP will slowly fade away?
lol, no. Unless you are worried about 8K dp 1.4 was already enough.
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#14
JAB Creations
HDMI is a royalty sell versus DisplayPort non-royalty so that incentivized the anti-capitalist cronies to intentionally withhold the HDMI version numbers. I remember reading (can't verify right now) that in order to certify your product you were forced to intentionally hide the HDMI version number. Unfortunately my own experience with DisplayPort is my current 32" Samsung 4K screen that occasionally would stop working unless I did a sacrilegious reboot to get the monitor to see the signal again, in the middle of my work! So I really don't like either option.
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#15
bug
It's good we're getting the cables, but we're no longer getting the specs :(
Starting with HDMI 2.1, the specs are no longer available to the public, which prevents anyone that doesn't pay up from adding support.
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#16
yotano211
FreedomEclipseIs this like the same thing where they charge you an extra 350% because it has gold plated connectors but this time its a certification??
Make it RGB and it goes up another 350%.
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#17
300BaudBob
nuggdoctora lot of people think that their gpu is bad when in reality its their hdmi cable. ive had dozens of cables die on me. this ones still going strong. wasnt sure if it would hold out being that its powered. that means it carries an electrical current with it to carry the data. thats why it can only be used one way. unlike regular hdmi cables that you can use either end for your source or monitor/tv. thehometheaterdiy.com/signs-and-symptoms-of-a-bad-hdmi-cable/
I gave up on cheap HDMI cables awhile ago just don't last. I don't do monster but mid range cables seem to last. Sme for DP in fact cheap DP can have weird things happen.
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#18
Caring1
nuggdoctorive been using this monster cable hdmi for 2 years now. its awesome. and for the money its lasted quite awhile. i use it for my pc and used to use it for my one x. www.walmart.com/ip/Monster-UHD-Platinum-Fiber-Optic-HDMI-Cable-15ft/247894860?irgwc=1&sourceid=imp_wwYVh010exyLTlCwUx0Mo3bMUkEyKpyvNxPFUY0&veh=aff&wmlspartner=imp_353483&clickid=wwYVh010exyLTlCwUx0Mo3bMUkEyKpyvNxPFUY0&sharedid=798812279-190-&affiliates_ad_id=566719&campaign_id=9383
I've got one Monster HDMI cable and had it for around 10 years, it's very thick and inflexible, but unlikely to break.
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#19
delshay
I've got Audioquest leads including the Diamond class, had this for many years now.
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#20
GamerGuy
Though I'd not be using HDMI 2.1 to its full potential (same goes with the DP 1.4 cables I'd gotten), I find the prices to be pretty decent these days. I'd gotten:
ATZ HDMI 2.1 (2m)
Tera Grand HDMI 2.1 (2m)
Ugreen HDMI 2.1 cables (2m + 1m)
Club 3D DP 1.4 (2m, VESA Certified)
Linkup DP 1.4 (2m, VESA Certified)

They didn't cost that much, pretty reasonably priced compared to the 'branded' HDMI 2.1 cables available locally.....if you can find one.
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#21
nuggdoctor
300BaudBobI gave up on cheap HDMI cables awhile ago just don't last. I don't do monster but mid range cables seem to last. Sme for DP in fact cheap DP can have weird things happen.
I dont use dp cables. i had way too many problems with them. at least budget models of them lol. Anymore i treat my cables like i do psu. I go a little overkill for what i need and then i dont have to worry about it for a long time. In my experience hdmi cables are much more reliable. Anyone else have issues with dp cables or is it just me?
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