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 a new level of intensity to video cards.
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 the overclocked HIS R9 285 IceQ X2 2GB OC brings a bit of a performance boost, which sees the model extend its lead over the R9 280 3GB. You can see we still manage to sit a decent chunk away from the R9 280X 3GB, though.
Thanks to the extra MHz on the HIS R9 285 IceQ X2 2GB OC, you can see that we're able to come out ahead of the R9 280 3GB and R9 285 2GB by a minimum of 10%. Overall, the FPS aren't where they need to be, and sit in the 40 FPS range.
Under Hitman: Absolution, we can see the overclock really does nothing to performance. The minimum comes slightly below the Sapphire version of the R9 285 2GB, while the average sits slightly higher. Again, overall the FPS continue to be too low to be playable.
We see extra FPS when it comes to the average. However, we continue to see numbers that are just too low for us to even consider them playable.
We finish off our video card testing with GRID Autosport, and we continue to see numbers that are just way too low. These mid-range cards just can't deal with the massive 4K resolution.
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- Page 1 [Introduction and Package]
- Page 2 [Video Card Details and Specifications]
- Page 3 [Test System Setup & FPS Numbers Explained]
- Page 4 [Benchmarks - 3DMark]
- Page 5 [Benchmarks - 3DMark Sky Diver & Catzilla]
- Page 6 [Benchmarks - Unigine Heaven & Phantasy Star Online 2]
- Page 7 [Benchmarks - Lost Planet 2 & Just Cause 2]
- Page 8 [Benchmarks -Metro: Last Light & Nexuiz]
- Page 9 [Benchmarks - Sniper Elite V2 & Sleeping Dogs]
- Page 10 [Benchmarks - Hitman: Absolution & Tomb Raider]
- Page 11 [Benchmarks - BioShock Infinite & Battlefield 4]
- Page 12 [Benchmarks - GRID Autosport]
- Page 13 [Benchmarks - High Quality AA and AF]
- Page 14 [Benchmarks - 4K - 3840 x 2160 Testing]
- Page 15 [Temperature & Sound Testing]
- Page 16 [Power Consumption Testing]
- Page 17 [Pricing, Availability, and Final Thoughts]
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