4K - 3840 x 2160 Testing
4K monitors are the next step for gamers demanding the best in image quality. With 4x the pixels of a standard 1920 x 1080 monitor (meaning 4x the intensity); 3840 x 2160 brings with it a new level of intensity to video cards.
Wanting to make sure that you're buying the right video card for a monitor that offers such a large resolution, we test the latest and greatest video cards in a couple of benchmarks to give you an idea of just what kind of setup you require.
Cranking up the resolution, you can see our heavily overclocked HIS IceQ R9 290X iPower Hybrid iTurbo 4GB manages to get a nice lead over the other R9 290X 4GB, falling just short of 1400 points.
Running at 4K, you can see some solid performance with an excellent 76 FPS average from the Hybrid R9 290X 4GB.
While our setups fall short of the 60 FPS number we want at 4K, the bump in performance from our heavily overclocked HIS IceQ R9 290X iPower Hybrid iTurbo 4GB compared to our other overclocked R9 290X is appreciated.
We're just 2 FPS away from the FPS mark, but the extra MHz has helped push our minimum up slightly, falling just short of 50 FPS. With these numbers, we'd say that gaming wouldn't be an issue here.
Looking at Tomb Raider, you can see that the game is extremely taxing at this resolution. While the 29 FPS minimum isn't too bad, the fact that our average is only 36 FPS means that the game just isn't going to be a pleasure to play.
GRID Autosport sees some extra FPS thanks to the extra MHz from our overclock. With this strong minimum, we find ourselves pretty happy with the 57 FPS average, which will result in a smooth gaming experience.