Looking at the results, I must admit that they're really quite interesting. 3840 x 2160 is four times the amount of pixels as a standard 1920 x 1080 screen. That means that four times the amount of pressure is being placed on the video card. To put it into perspective, this one monitor, at this resolution, requires more power than a three monitor Eyefinity or Surround Vision setup.
I really felt that these high-end single GPU setups would offer us more playable numbers in our game line up. While some of the older games, like Just Cause 2 and Lost Planet 2, manage to scrape by, moving to new games like Hitman Absolution and Tomb Raider are just a big no go.
We can't deny the fact that, outside of AA and AF, all our games are running at the best possible settings, and you do have room to drop those settings to bring the FPS up. One would hope, though, that after spending the money associated with a 4K monitor and a high-end single GPU video card that you'd be able to run your games maxed out. Looking through our graphs, you can see that, for the most part, it isn't true.
Then you throw AA and AF into the mix, and you see the setups crumble under their own weight. Saying that, the bottom line is that AA and AF isn't really necessary. Having so many pixels crammed into a 28-inch screen means that, at the native resolution, everything looks so sharp.
As for who the overall winner is, at $150 cheaper, you'd have to say that the R9 290X 4GB is probably the overall winner when it comes down to price and performance. At this resolution, you're probably not seeing the extra money that is associated with the GTX 780 Ti 3GB come into play enough. What is going to be more appealing, though, is the fact that the NVIDIA offering does offer more overclocking headroom, and in that scenario, we could see the FPS we need. If you found yourself hoping that you'd know what card to buy after reading this, you're probably slightly disappointed and just as confused as us. In the end, 4K really needs a dual GPU configuration. No doubt, this will be something we look at in the near future.
PRICING: You can find the R9 290X and 780 Ti for sale below. The prices listed are valid at the time of writing but can change at any time. Click the link to see the very latest pricing for the best deal.
United States: The R9 290X (Sapphire) retails for $557.47 at Amazon.
New Zealand: The R9 290X (GIGABYTE) for $749.99 NZD at Mighty Ape NZ.
United States: The 780 Ti (EVGA) retails for $719.99 at Amazon.
- Page 1 [Introduction]
- Page 2 [Test System Setup & FPS Numbers Explained]
- Page 3 [Benchmarks - Unigine Heaven & Phantasy Star Online 2]
- Page 4 [Benchmarks – Lost Planet 2 & Just Cause 2]
- Page 5 [Benchmarks – F1 2012 & Metro Last Light]
- Page 6 [Benchmarks – Dirt Showdown & Nexuiz]
- Page 7 [Benchmarks – Sniper Elite V2 & Sleeping Dogs]
- Page 8 [Benchmarks – Hitman Absolution & Tomb Raider]
- Page 9 [Benchmarks – BioShock Infinite & Battlefield 4]
- Page 10 [Benchmarks - High Quality AA and AF]
- Page 11 [Final Thoughts]
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