Buff Aging Twenty Series GPU’s HDMI Connectivity

I jumped on the 2080 Ti soon after it launched. Like everyone who purchased one in those early days, I paid more than I should have for the then cutting-edge hardware. Surprisingly, it lived up to the hype. At more than four years old, the 2080 Ti is still a strong card.

The limitations of its HDMI 2.0 connector prevent it from fully utilizing the newer models of 120 Hertz, 4K TVs. Of course, this only matters if you are using a HDMI 2.1 enabled TV in the first place. The HDMI 2.0 spec holds 4k performance to sixty frames per second and doesn’t work all that well with variable refresh rates either.

HDMI SPECMax Throughput (Gigabits per second)
1.04.95 Gbps
1.310.2 Gbps
2.018.0 Gpbs
2.148.0 Gpbs

I decided to try a DisplayPort to HDMI adapter to allow the 2080 TI to push my screen to its full 120 frames per second. I picked up a UPTab adapter for fifty bucks on Amazon. There are less expensive models available, but I’ve had good luck with UPTab in the past and decided to stick with them.

The adapter works great except for two minor issues. The first is that it gets very hot. To the point that it suffers from performance issues. To correct the problem, I point a fan at it. The other issue is that, at least in my case, it does not support variable refresh rates. So, I leave v-sync enabled to compensate.

Outside of those two issues, the adapter lets my 2080 Ti run at 4K 120 FPS with HDR enabled. I imagine the fifty dollars I spent on the adapter will get me at least another year or two of use from this GPU. Other adapters with the same function may produce better results, but I am happy with this one. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01B6ZOMIS/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_image?ie=UTF8&psc=1

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