Say good bye to VGA and DVI video ports in a few years

The VGA (Video Graphics Array) and DVI (Digital-Visual Interface) video ports for PC desktops and laptops are a very familiar sight to PC users. VGA was first launched back in 1986 while DVI support was launched more recently in 1999. However, it looks like those two ports will be disappearing from newer PCs in the next few years to make way for more modern technologies. PCWorld.com reports that a new study from NPD In-Stat predicts that in the next five years, new PCs will no longer have VGA or DVI ports.

The study claims that Intel and AMD will phase out their own chipset support for VGA ports by 2015. AMD has also announced it will phase out chipset support for DVI ports by 2015. PC makers will likely not want to add extra support for VGA or DVI ports after that date since it will likely make the cost of making PCs more expensive.

We are already seeing two newer and thinner video ports, HDMI (High-Definition Multimedia Interface) and DisplayPort, appear in newer desktops and especially on laptops. HDMI ports are, of course, standard on all new flat screen televisions as well as new DVD and Blu-Ray players. Both ports are always being upgraded as well which will likely help VGA and DVI ports to be phased out.

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Just ordered a DVI to VGA lead actually. I can see HDMI being the only way forward, but DisplayPort was just a massive flop!

wierd, ive only got dvi on my gtx 470 got no hdmi or displayport option
would have been nice since i have vga/dvi/hdmi and displayport plugs on my monitor

SATA was supposed to be more solid than all the 40 pins of an IDE connector.... Remember those plugs on your mobo where after a few months or years all the IDE pins where bent over ? It's no longer an issue with SATA. Problem with SATA is cable manufacturers... Cheap cables are made of poor plastic that kind of melt with the heat. And thus they... break or fall out. BTW they are norms for SATA cables like the metal latch that's supposed to avoid cables from falling out. But nobody in the industry really respect that norm...

The trouble with VGA and DVI connectors is they are not flimsy enough. We've got to have tiny, fragile connectors like SATA that fall out or break if you breathe on them too hard. Sturdy, reliable connectors have no place in today's world.

there are cheap ~$20 Active DP/MiniDP to HDMI/VGA/SL-DVI (max 1920x1200) adapters out now that allows you to use HDMI/VGA/DVI displays on DP graphics cards

the reason amd and intels want to go over to DP is that DP needs alot less pins to connect to display internaly in laptops and it uses a upgradable and superior packet technology that is based on the same technology that is used in PCI Express and USB 3.0

lol @ the this predictions. Something that would happend and for sure, desktop will vanish. GFX cards would be something from the past as well AMD.
Cant they see the strongest trend that its really happening?. If they dont then they will collapse, like AMD.

What a poor pointless story. We're in 2012, what faith can we give to a 2015 forecast ?

DVI was supposed to replace VGA, HDMI was supposed to replace DVI, DisplayPort was supposed to rule them all.

Fact is VGA is still mainstream king, DisplayPort has totally failed, and HDMI is king in the living room not in the PC space.

Seriously John, good journalism is to put stories in perspectives, with past experiences, and to decide wether they are worthy of being reported. One more time one of your post is a waste which I regret.

linxeye182 said,
What a poor pointless story. We're in 2012, what faith can we give to a 2015 forecast ?

DVI was supposed to replace VGA, HDMI was supposed to replace DVI, DisplayPort was supposed to rule them all.

Fact is VGA is still mainstream king, DisplayPort has totally failed, and HDMI is king in the living room not in the PC space.

Seriously John, good journalism is to put stories in perspectives, with past experiences, and to decide wether they are worthy of being reported. One more time one of your post is a waste which I regret.


are you sure?, NVIDIA/AMD both have DisplayPort on their latest cards, Dell has on their monitors and computers, btw the reason VGA is used much is because most non-geek people just use it. as in they dont know better, if computer manufacturers quit having DVI/VGA on their computers then people will start using DP or HDMI

i prefer DP, why?, its alot newer technology, its royalty free and open standard, its future proof unlike HDMI/VGA/DVI

you can already see AMD pheaseing out DVI on their Radeon HD 7970 cards, if they remove another one you only have HDMI+2xMiniDP left and VGA is gone long ago as standard on high end graphics card

wiak said,

are you sure?, NVIDIA/AMD both have DisplayPort on their latest cards,

Mhhh are you really sure ? Last time I checked at NVIDIA's, all their latest enthusiast cards are DVI & HDMI only (560/570/580). To my knowledge only the 590 has miniDP in. Sure you can always find some AIB with custom outputs. I'm talking about reference design here. AMD does indeed have a broader support for DP.

BTW "phasing out DVI" might not be the right wording since every 7970 comes with a DP/DVI adapter.

And the point of my comment wasn't to challenge the advantages of DP vs HDMI vs DVI. It was just to outline that such predictions are worthless. We got the same story a couple of years ago for DP. Look where it is now. And don't get me started on Dell. Only their Ultrasharp monitors come with DP support.

It would be nice is they at least phase out VGA. I was so frustrated when shopping around for PC laptops because they all still have vga ports. Some had HDMI which yes was future ready. However can they not support what is currently being used with most monitors, DVI? All my LCds use DVI which meant either an adapter from VGA or HDMI. Im tired of the old excuse that projectors still use VGA

wv@gt said,
It would be nice is they at least phase out VGA. I was so frustrated when shopping around for PC laptops because they all still have vga ports.

How would I hook my notebook to a projector if I don't have a VGA-port? Adapter-hell like Apple wants it is not a solution for the 21st century…

wv@gt said,
Im tired of the old excuse that projectors still use VGA

It's still true…

Manufacturers should have added HDMI ports to projectors back in 2003, so that nine years later we wouldn't have to deal with fat ugly VGA ports on laptops. You wouldn't need to use adapters then!

It's 2012, laptops and desktop bundles (commissioned by businesses) come with VGA. That brick in the board room that projects your fancy spreadsheets? Has VGA most likely. Things won't change to a great extent in the next 3 years; maybe by the end of the decade.

On my list of personal requests - DisplayPort. It's superior tech and royalty free. (not going to happen, but a little more support than it currently has would be great)

dknm said,
It's 2012, laptops and desktop bundles (commissioned by businesses) come with VGA. That brick in the board room that projects your fancy spreadsheets? Has VGA most likely.

Most likely it has VGA, DVI, HDMI and possibly Display Port.... Not everyone is using a 1997 Viewsonic VGA only projector. In fact any projector I have seen since... ~2005 has at least VGA/DVI and anything around 2007 has HDMI as well.

xendrome said,

Most likely it has VGA, DVI, HDMI and possibly Display Port.... Not everyone is using a 1997 Viewsonic VGA only projector. In fact any projector I have seen since... ~2005 has at least VGA/DVI and anything around 2007 has HDMI as well.

Ebuyer still has 12 monitors listed as being only VGA. Given that monitors last much longer than the computer they are attached to (I still have a perfectly good monitor that is over 10 years old, it was one of the first DVI ones), I think VGA will still be widely used in 10-15 years, let alone by 2015.

At least if they stop making it by 2015 then maybe we'll see the end of its use in our lifetimes!

My HDTV, PS3, AppleTV2, Laptops & PC have HDMI ports, even my neighbors have been updated their TVs and surround systems to HDMI and SPDIF.

Maybe in a few years we could use Ethernet over HDMI in some kind of easy of use way! i mean like a computer or TV acting as the router, LOL, IDK. sounds cool.

I haven't seen nothing with a Displayport yet.

I'd rather see the mini-Displayport or Thunderbolt connector on all modern laptops. Carrying a VGA or HDMI dongle in your laptop bag isn't a real problem and certainly better than having to make the laptop bigger and uglier to fit a VGA connector in there.

I don't like HDMI on laptops because on most it can only put out up to 1920x1200 resolution. Not to mention there are no monitors on the market that allow a higher resolution via HDMI. For example my Dell 3008WFP (2560x1600) allows the full res via dual link DVI and Displayport but not HDMI for some reason and the newer U3011 apparently has the same issue, probably stemming from the fact that most output devices don't support the higher resolutions either.

LaXu said,
I don't like HDMI on laptops because on most it can only put out up to 1920x1200 resolution. Not to mention there are no monitors on the market that allow a higher resolution via HDMI. For example my Dell 3008WFP (2560x1600) allows the full res via dual link DVI and Displayport but not HDMI for some reason and the newer U3011 apparently has the same issue, probably stemming from the fact that most output devices don't support the higher resolutions either.

The newer HDMI 1.3 spec supports up to 2560x1600

Edit: apparently HDMI 1.4 spec supports 3D, 4K and higher bpp as well

Ill be the first to say it:

**** HDMI. **** DisplayPort (although what I am about to say is basically the same connector).

We want Thunderbolt.

htcz said,
Ill be the first to say it:

**** HDMI. **** DisplayPort (although what I am about to say is basically the same connector).

We want Thunderbolt.

You may be the last to say it as well.

Breach said,
Sure, but given the number of peripherals featuring VGA/DVI phasing out will take a while.

VGA is almost gone now I think, I haven't seen any new video cards that even have it anymore. Yet for some reason you buy a new LCD and they still ship a VGA cable with it. DVI will probably be around for quite a while yet.

Well all 3 of my monitors are already Support Display Port and HDMI so no problems. In fact I have not used vga on my rigs for quite some time.

I've always found HDMI has worse quality than VGA/DVI regarding computers. Not sure why this is but i've installed a few pcs with hdmi and went back to VGA/DVI almost every time and on various monitors/tvs

Uplift said,
I've always found HDMI has worse quality than VGA/DVI regarding computers. Not sure why this is but i've installed a few pcs with hdmi and went back to VGA/DVI almost every time and on various monitors/tvs

Are you kidding? HDMI will alwas have bette quality.

Now your monitor is a whole nother story

Uplift said,
I've always found HDMI has worse quality than VGA/DVI regarding computers. Not sure why this is but i've installed a few pcs with hdmi and went back to VGA/DVI almost every time and on various monitors/tvs

HDMI uses the same signalling as DVI, so you are mistaken. VGA is terrible though.

htcz said,

Are you kidding? HDMI will alwas have bette quality.

Now your monitor is a whole nother story

HDMI = DVI with audio. The quality shouldn't be any different.

The shift to Display Port means that real PC monitors (16:10) will start showing up since panel manufacturers now have so much more bandwidth to support 120Hz or greater frequencies at higher resolutions.

Too long has this 16:9 garbage been on the market with no available 1920x1200 120Hz monitors anywhere to be seen (even though DVI DOES have the bandwidth for it).

I've been waiting so long to get off my old 1920x1200 monitor (manufactured in 2004 with H-IPS technology! HP f2304 if anyone's wondering), I've been breaking down enough to seriously consider a 16:9 monitor just so I can experience CRTs again without actually using one. (P1130 is still sitting on my desk, not in use. Sadly, I never owned a FW900.)

DAOWAce said,
The shift to Display Port means that real PC monitors (16:10) will start showing up since panel manufacturers now have so much more bandwidth to support 120Hz or greater frequencies at higher resolutions.

Too long has this 16:9 garbage been on the market with no available 1920x1200 120Hz monitors anywhere to be seen (even though DVI DOES have the bandwidth for it).

LOL you are mistaken, unfortunately. Monitors are 16:9 simply because they can get more screens out of a single sheet of TFT, thus making the manufacturer more money. 16:10 will always be available, but they are more rare now than ever before, and generally for the prosumer market, so expect to pay more for them.

cleverclogs said,

LOL you are mistaken, unfortunately. Monitors are 16:9 simply because they can get more screens out of a single sheet of TFT, thus making the manufacturer more money. 16:10 will always be available, but they are more rare now than ever before, and generally for the prosumer market, so expect to pay more for them.

That's really interesting. Is it true?

DAOWAce said,
The shift to Display Port means that real PC monitors (16:10) will start showing up since panel manufacturers now have so much more bandwidth to support 120Hz or greater frequencies at higher resolutions. Too long has this 16:9 garbage been on the market with no available 1920x1200 120Hz monitors anywhere to be seen (even though DVI DOES have the bandwidth for it).

There is no "real PC monitor" ratio. Clinging on to a earlier more popular ratio is just being conservative. The 16:10 ratio took over from 4:3 and 5:4 in popularity, and 16:9 has taken over since then (probably due to HDTV and it becoming more mass produced and cheaper). For the future extreme resolution, 4096x2160 with ~1.9:1 ratio (or ~16:8.4) is an even wider ratio. Although those monitors are prohibitively expensive right now, so it can change before they reach consumer market.

Edited by Buio, Jan 21 2012, 9:02am :

Jose_49 said,
I still feel like 16:9 is the perfect ratio. Anything wider than that I feel like I'm wasting space....

16:10 is as close as you can get to the golden ration… I'd say 16:10 would be the perfect solution…

I prefer 16:9 myself as most HD video content fits perfectly with no black bars. True that for web browsing a taller less wide screen makes more sense but to me the difference there is negligible.

Five years? Quite possible. Given the sheer number of perfectly working projectors with male VGA plugs, it's definitely not going to happen over at least the next three years. Most likely when the projectors break down or when say education IT departments finally get a clue and offer adapter cables at projector podium stations.

I have and use Display Port on my MacBook Pro and my 30" Dell display. I really like the standard it feels robust and it's very easy to connect and disconnect. DVI and VGA both have those screw in things and DVI is much more bulky. I think the Mini Displayport on my Mac is probably 1/6th the size of a DVI connector for example.

So yeah I'm happy about this personally.

Vice said,
I have and use Display Port on my MacBook Pro and my 30" Dell display. I really like the standard it feels robust and it's very easy to connect and disconnect. DVI and VGA both have those screw in things and DVI is much more bulky. I think the Mini Displayport on my Mac is probably 1/6th the size of a DVI connector for example.

So yeah I'm happy about this personally.

What's weird is there was a push for DisplayPort a few years ago but then it seemed to fade away. My old Dell Studio XPS 1340 had VGA, HDMI, and DisplayPort connectors. 3 video connectors on a laptop is unusual. The new things just seem to have VGA and HDMI.

But yes, VGA and DVI have the ancient D-SUB connector with the screws. Not only does it just look ancient, but the pins are easily bent.

Wrong. Quite a few motherboards still have parallel and serial on them. VGA might be fading but it's still widely supported. Some new Dell LCDs still only support VGA and it's 2012. 2015 might seem like a long way ahead but 2015 is only 3 years away. DVI is king for PC monitors and I don't see it going anytime soon. Saying that HDMI is replacing DVI is a little misleading. HDMI is just DVI with audio and a different connector. DisplayPort adoption is going very slowly. Only 43 of the 434 monitors on Newegg support DisplayPort. As far as I'm concerned, DVI will still be the primary video connection on PCs for at least 7 to 8 more years.

P!P said,
Wrong. Quite a few motherboards still have parallel and serial on them. VGA might be fading but it's still widely supported. Some new Dell LCDs still only support VGA and it's 2012. 2015 might seem like a long way ahead but 2015 is only 3 years away. DVI is king for PC monitors and I don't see it going anytime soon. Saying that HDMI is replacing DVI is a little misleading. HDMI is just DVI with audio and a different connector. DisplayPort adoption is going very slowly. Only 43 of the 434 monitors on Newegg support DisplayPort. As far as I'm concerned, DVI will still be the primary video connection on PCs for at least 7 to 8 more years.

Expect those displays were lilky 2010 or2011 models. Nice to see a dvi and VGA fanboy though.

P!P said,
Wrong. Quite a few motherboards still have parallel and serial on them. VGA might be fading but it's still widely supported. Some new Dell LCDs still only support VGA and it's 2012. 2015 might seem like a long way ahead but 2015 is only 3 years away. DVI is king for PC monitors and I don't see it going anytime soon. Saying that HDMI is replacing DVI is a little misleading. HDMI is just DVI with audio and a different connector. DisplayPort adoption is going very slowly. Only 43 of the 434 monitors on Newegg support DisplayPort. As far as I'm concerned, DVI will still be the primary video connection on PCs for at least 7 to 8 more years.

Motherboards with serial and parallel connectors are specialty boards. Most normal boards no longer have them, and if they do, it's just a header on the board for you to plug in the port somewhere else. This is also no problem because like you said, you can just use HDMI to DVI cables and DisplayPort to whatever adapters are really cheap.

P!P said,

Not exactly. 16 of 20 Intel motherboards on Newegg have them. http://www.newegg.com/Product/...Order=PRICE&PageSize=20

It's 2012 and here's Dell selling a VGA-only LCD. http://accessories.us.dell.com...ank=14&baynote_irrank=0

Again. It may be a 2011 or even a 2010 model. Just because it's 2012 does bot mean the year something was made in changes. Using your logic a 57 Chevy is now a 2012 Chevy even though it was made in the 1950s. You have a lot to learn kid.

P!P said,
Wrong. As far as I'm concerned, DVI will still be the primary video connection on PCs for at least 7 to 8 more years.

Have fun being left behind, since last time I checked you didn't control what the industry decides to adopt.

xendrome said,

Have fun being left behind, since last time I checked you didn't control what the industry decides to adopt.


Apart from Apple the industry cares about legacy support…

P!P said,

Not exactly. 16 of 20 Intel motherboards on Newegg have them. http://www.newegg.com/Product/...Order=PRICE&PageSize=20

It's 2012 and here's Dell selling a VGA-only LCD. http://accessories.us.dell.com...ank=14&baynote_irrank=0

I went to the best buy site and clicked desktops and opened the first 12. Of those 12, one had a serial port. None had parallel ports.

Most had HDMI and about half had DVI. All had VGA. The cheapest Dell Inspiron desktop had only VGA and nothing else.

CMG_90 said,

Again. It may be a 2011 or even a 2010 model. Just because it's 2012 does bot mean the year something was made in changes. Using your logic a 57 Chevy is now a 2012 Chevy even though it was made in the 1950s. You have a lot to learn kid.

And the difference is that those monitors are still being sold new by the manufacturer. If you can find Chevrolet selling a new '57 car, you'll have a point, but until then, it seems you've got something to learn yourself.

mrp04 said,

Motherboards with serial and parallel connectors are specialty boards. Most normal boards no longer have them, and if they do, it's just a header on the board for you to plug in the port somewhere else.

I bought a Gigabyte Z68XP-UD3P board about a month ago, and that has no serial or parallel ports. And only 1 PS/2 port too. Instead it has 8 USB 2 ports, and 2 USB 3 ports. http://uk.gigabyte.com/product...oduct-page.aspx?pid=3979#sp

CMG_90 said,

Again. It may be a 2011 or even a 2010 model. Just because it's 2012 does bot mean the year something was made in changes. Using your logic a 57 Chevy is now a 2012 Chevy even though it was made in the 1950s. You have a lot to learn kid.

Well, seems you have a lot to learn. Your logic is flawed too. I understand you want to differentiate between early 2012 and late 2012, but saying a '57 chevy is a new 2012 model is just wrong. You could've sad buying a '57 chevy in '58 doesn't make this chevy a '58 version. Though it could have been the latest version available at the time.

So, buying a 2011 model now does not necessarily make it an old model or history for that matter. It does not however mean it's the latest and greatest and that there's nothing fancy coming very soon. You're trying to prove someone wrong with an argument that is flawed in itself.

No real worry. The ports change, but we will change our hardware in due course. Everything I have is DVI, but I do like the Display Port experience when I used it to connect my Dell XPS Laptop to my Dell U2410.

Frazell Thomas said,
No real worry. The ports change, but we will change our hardware in due course. Everything I have is DVI, but I do like the Display Port experience when I used it to connect my Dell XPS Laptop to my Dell U2410.

And the thing is, HDMI IS DVI, so you can still get a HDMI to DVI cable. DisplayPort to HDMI/DVI adapters are also cheap.

mrp04 said,

And the thing is, HDMI IS DVI, so you can still get a HDMI to DVI cable. DisplayPort to HDMI/DVI adapters are also cheap.

who wants a dongle?

mrp04 said,
And the thing is, HDMI IS DVI...

Er, what? HDMI has over double the bandwidth of DVI to begin with.
HDMI = 10.2Gbps, whilst DVI = 3.96Gbps.
DVI only supports RGB, whilst HDMI supports both RGB and YCbCr.

Goldfire86 said,
Er, what? HDMI has over double the bandwidth of DVI to begin with. HDMI = 10.2Gbps, whilst DVI = 3.96Gbps. DVI only supports RGB, whilst HDMI supports both RGB and YCbCr.

Almost all DVI are dual-link today and your HDMI numbers are with overhead included, while you give the DVI single link with overhead removed. So you compare best case HDMI with worst case DVI.

In reality HDMI has very similar bandwidth roof as dual-link DVI around 10Gbit/s (with overhead included). Newest DisplayPort top about 17Gbit/s, which allow 4096x2160 screens over single cable.

Goldfire86 said,

Er, what? HDMI has over double the bandwidth of DVI to begin with.
HDMI = 10.2Gbps, whilst DVI = 3.96Gbps.
DVI only supports RGB, whilst HDMI supports both RGB and YCbCr.

It is electrically the same signal. They may have different standards saying what should support what, but the signal is the same. You can get a straight cable with no electronics that has one HDMI end and one DVI end.

Buio said,
Almost all DVI are dual-link today and your HDMI numbers are with overhead included, while you give the DVI single link with overhead removed. So you compare best case HDMI with worst case DVI.

Be interesting to see you try and bitstream HD audio over that DVI link, dual or not...