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KONA 5 and KONA 4 both offer 4K I/O, so what’s the difference between the two cards?

Category: FAQ

Released: 2018-11-13

Platform(s): macOS Windows Linux

• KONA 5 allows for 4K/UltraHD 60p I/O over a single cable using 12G-SDI, whereas KONA 4 requires four 3G-SDI cables to either Ingest or Output 4K/UltraHD 60p.

• KONA 5 allows for up to 8K/UltraHD2 60p  Ingest or Output over four 12G-SDI connections, whereas KONA 4 supports Ingest or Output up to 4K/UltraHD 60p.

• KONA 5 has HDMI 2.0 monitoring with a full-size connector compared to HDMI 1.4b monitoring on a mini HDMI connector with KONA 4. Both cards support HDR, with KONA 5 also supporting 10-bit 4:2:2 at HFR.

• KONA 5 uses HD-BNC connectors on the card endplate (five HD-BNC to full-size BNC (F) pigtails are included), KONA 4 uses DIN 1.0/2.3 sliding sleeve video connectors on the card endplate (a DIN to full-size BNC (F) adapter cable snake is provided).

• KONA 5 has a Reference spigot on the card, whereas KONA 4 Reference is located on the breakout cable (included).

• KONA 5 has a breakout cable (included), KONA 4 has a different breakout cable (included) and an optional Breakout-Box (K3G-BOX) which includes support for HD component monitoring/output.

• KONA 5 requires ATX power, KONA 4 uses PCIe bus power.

• KONA 5 supports 2K at 2048 x 1080, KONA 4 supports both 2048 x 1556 and 2048 x 1080.

• KONA 5 is an 8-lane PCIe Gen 3 card, KONA 4 is an 8-lane PCIe Gen 2 card.

• KONA 5 does not have a UFC bitfile, whereas KONA 4 does have a UFC bitfile for up, down, cross-conversion in hardware.

Related Product(s): KONA 5