The best HDMI cable for gaming isn’t the most expensive; don’t buy into the hype. Braided wire or gold plating is all well and good, but they’re not going to provide you with much you won’t realistically get from cheaper alternatives (especially with Amazon Prime Day making them more affordable than ever). As a result, we’ve listed our top but still very affordable recommendations here.
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The main thing to bear in mind when selecting the best HDMI cable for gaming on PC is bandwidth. This dictates how much data can travel down the wire. More specifically, 1.4 is fine for 1080p while 2.0 is what you’ll want for 4K resolution. Secondly, keep an eye out for high transfer speeds. These stop artifacting, and we’d recommend at least 18GBs. Anything higher than that (e.g. 48GBs) is a real bonus. If cables like that appear as a result of Amazon Prime Day PC deals, it’s not a bad idea to invest in one—this is a good way to future-proof yourself as higher resolutions become available down the line.
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The best budget HDMI cable for gaming.
Transfer speed: 18Gbps | Length: from 1.8m - 10.6m | Certification: CL3-certified
Don’t be put off by the own-brand label and a lower cost; this is still a fantastic cable. It’s the perfect example of not needing anything too showy or expensive to get the job done, and you’ll save a load of money that can probably be better spent elsewhere. As well as providing the coveted 18Gbps, this comes in an extensive range of lengths and is built to handle higher voltages. The only downside is that it’s not HDMI Premium certified. However, you can’t complain too much when you’re getting excellent 4K visuals at under $10/£10.
The best high-end HDMI cable for gaming.
Transfer speed: 48Gbps | Length: 2m | Certification: HDMI 2.1
If you want a high-quality HDMI cable that’ll last you a good few years, look no further than Belkin’s HDMI 2.1 Ultra High Speed. As the name would suggest, it offers premium performance at an affordable price. That’s not the end of it, though; an excellent refresh rate and ludicrous transfer speeds of 48Gbps make this a big deal. Unsure why that’s worth the cash? In short, it’s ready to serve up 10K resolution when the time comes. Better still, Belkin is a brand we’d trust with… well, not quite our lives, but they’re pretty great all the same.
The best durable HDMI cable for gaming.
Transfer speed: 18Gbps | Length: 2m/3m | Certification: HDMI Premium Standard
This is the cable to go for if you’re concerned about wear and tear or a pet that enjoys nibbling on electrical appliances. Durable and heavy-duty, a mesh sheath gives this HDMI all the protection it needs to withstand everything you throw at it. What’s more, metal outers protect the connectors. In terms of performance, Onyx’s HDMI also comes through; it manages 4K and a solid 18Gbps. There are cheaper options that’ll do much the same job, but none are as sturdy as this.
The best space-saving HDMI cable for gaming.
Transfer speed: 27Gbps | Length: 2m | Certification: N/A
Keen on saving space? Here’s the HDMI for you. With flat cabling that’s wrapped in sturdy nylon braid, it’s a good solution for those playing with limited real estate or anyone who needs to run a cable under their carpet. Stocky casing emphasises this sense of reliability, as does the fitting brand name. Rhinocables’ HDMI can apparently hit 27Gbps as well, so at least we know quality hasn’t been sacrificed for a more flexible build.
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