VGA is dying?

Many modern PCs still use the over 20 year old 15 pin analogue VGA connector to connect the display to PC. The VGA connector carries the video signal in RGB format, which is a bit outdated in the world where the graphics card and display devices are all digital. Most Windows PC builders have been clinging to VGA to support legacy displays, especially in corporate environments where companies have often been hesitant or unable to update to modern screens and projectors.


The digital display interfaces have thought to replace the analogue VGA interface long time ago, but it has not happened yet. But maybe after few years it might happen. Apple was one of the first to abandon VGA in its products, adopting first DVI and later the DisplayPort and derivative Mini DisplayPort standards for its notebooks and desktops.

AMD, Intel, PC builders plan to drop VGA by 2015 article tells: AMD, Dell, Intel, Lenovo, Samsung and LG on Wednesday said they plan on focusing on putting digital DisplayPort and HDMI connections into their computer products. They hope to drop analog VGA and LVDS connections in AMD- and Intel-based products by 2015.

The article says that AMD CTO of the graphics division Eric Demers believed DisplayPort 1.2 is the future interface for PC monitors and HDMI 1.4a is the next step for TVs. DisplayPort is backwards compatible with VGA and DVI thanks to adapters.


  1. Tomi says:

    According to
    AMD tries to get rid of the old VGA and DVI connectors starting from 2013.

  2. Chris says:

    could oyu please explain what is VGA?

  3. Winfred Lauritzen says:

    DVI is a great interface since it supports higher resolution video and of course more colors..

  4. Tomi Engdahl says:

    VGA In Memoriam

    The reports of the death of the VGA connector are greatly exaggerated. Rumors of the demise of the VGA connector has been going around for a decade now, but VGA has been remarkably resiliant in the face of its impending doom

    VGA is gone from the latest CPUs, but an announcement from Intel is a bang; VGA was always meant to go quietly. Somehow, without anyone noticing, you cannot search Newegg for a motherboard with a VGA connector. VGA is slowly disappearing from graphics cards, and currently the only cards you can buy with the bright blue plug are entry-level cards using years-old technology.


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