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.
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:
Example: MiniDisplayPort to full-size DisplayPort:
Example: MiniDisplayPort to miniDisplayPort:
Example: MiniDisplayPort to HDMI:
Type C (Thunderbolt™) Cables
Example: Standard Type C to Type C cable (connects to a Type C port on the display):
Example: Type C cable with the video adapter to a different graphics port type built right in (DisplayPort in this example).
Other Type C cables/adapters are available. Find the combination that works for your monitor or television.
Intel NUCs with a VGA port use a 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|
|HDMI to DVI|
|HDMI to VGA|
|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.