Cables and Video Adapters for Intel NUC Display Connections

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12/29/2020

The information below describes different cables and adapters that you can use to connect an Intel NUC to a display. For information on which cables your NUC supports, see the Technical Product Specifications for your NUC model.

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Full-size HDMI Cables

There are multiple types of HDMI cables.

High Speed (Category 2)

  • Support for 1080p and beyond
  • 4K at 60 Hz
  • 3D, and Deep Color

Standard (Category 1)

  • Support for 1080i or 720p video
  • Typical for cable and satellite television, digital broadcast HD

We recommend you use High Speed (Category 2) HDMI cables for Intel NUC configurations.

High Speed Category 2 HDMI cables

Mini-HDMI Cables

Intel NUCs that have mini-HDMI connectors can use either of these cable types, depending on the type of port on the TV or monitor.
Example: mini-HDMI at one end and standard HDMI at the other:

mini-HDMI at one end and standard HDMI at the other

Mini-DisplayPort Cables

Example: MiniDisplayPort to full-size DisplayPort:


 
Example: MiniDisplayPort to miniDisplayPort:

MiniDisplayPort to miniDisplayPort

Example: MiniDisplayPort to HDMI:

MiniDisplayPort to HDMI

Type C (Thunderbolt) Cables

Example: Standard Type C to Type C cable (connects to a Type C port on the display):

Standard Type C to Type C cable

Example: Type C cable with the video adapter to a different graphics port type built right in (DisplayPort in this example).

Type C cable with the video adapter to a different graphics port

Other Type C cables/adapters are available. Find the combination that works for your monitor or television.

VGA Cables

Intel NUCs with a VGA port use a standard 15-pin VGA cable.

Standard 15-pin VGA cable

Video Adapters or Converters

Adapters that convert one type of graphics interface to another can allow you to connect an Intel NUC to a monitor that doesn't have the same type of video interface. Examples:
 

Type C to DisplayPort Type C to DisplayPort
HDMI to DVI HDMI to DVI
HDMI to VGA HDMI to VGA
Mini-DisplayPort to HDMI Mini-DisplayPort to HDMI

While these types of adapters usually work, they can cause graphics issues, such as:

  • No display
  • Flickering display

The best solution is a direct connection with a single cable with the appropriate connection type at each end.