How Did We Go?
Since we tested our GPUs at 11,520 x 2160 in both the Medium and Ultra/Max presets, it'll give us a better look at what kind of performance we're going to get from the games we've tested. And whether it's worth cranking the detail knobs all the way to maximum, or not. We're looking at 30FPS at a bare minimum, but we're really aiming for 60FPS. We know we're not going to hit it - so we're going to need some multi-GPU goodness in the coming weeks.
Battlefield 4: On the Medium preset, the Titan X beats the Fury X by 38%, while on the Ultra preset the Titan X wins once again with 32% more performance than the HBM-based Fury X.
GRID: Autosport: The AMD Radeon R9 Fury X was faster than the NVIDIA GeForce GTX Titan X in GRID: Autosport on the Medium preset by 2FPS, with AMD beating NVIDIA by 3%. On the Ultra preset, things swing back for the Titan X, which beats the Fury X by 13%.
Metro: Last Light Redux: Metro: Last Light Redux is a hard game on a single card at 4K let alone 11,520 x 2160 - with both of the cards sitting at 30FPS average on the Medium preset. Knocking things up to the Ultra preset, the Fury X falls behind of the Titan X by 22% or 2FPS.
Shadow of Mordor: This is another tough game for GPUs, with the Fury X beating the Titan X by 4FPS - or 15%. Looking at the Ultra results, NVIDIA comes out on top with 19FPS compared to the Fury X with 15FPS - a difference of 27%.
Thief: Moving onto Thief, the R9 Fury X and Titan X are neck and neck - with AMD's card hitting 39FPS while NVIDIA enjoys 31FPS - a win for NVIDIA of 7%. On the Very High preset, the Fury X scores 28FPS average to the 31FPS average on the Titan X, with NVIDIA winning by 11%.
Tomb Raider: We have some decent results for Tomb Raider, with the Fury X pushing 40FPS average while the Titan X was 10% faster at 44%. On the Ultimate preset (with TressFX disabled), the Fury X beat the Titan X by 1FPS - 23FPS to the Fury X, and 22FPS to the Titan X.
BioShock Infinite: The High Bandwidth Memory on the Fury X helped destroy the Titan X on the Medium preset of BioShock Infinite, with the Fury X seeing 40FPS average (but 11FPS minimum) compared to the 29FPS average (and higher 22FPS minimum) - a win of 38% for AMD. But when the Ultra preset was pulled out, the Titan X pulled ahead by a massive 67% - thrashing the 12FPS that the Fury X spat out with 20FPS average.
Well, is this what you expected? I did - and while I'm impressed, I'm so excited for when we can run 11,520 x 2160 on a single GPU at 60FPS+. Right now, even dialing down the detail to Medium, only a handful of our games were playable (60FPS+ constant is what you want, especially with multi-monitor setups thanks to the bezels).
I think the next-gen GPUs from NVIDIA and AMD are going to be capable of this, with the tease of NVIDIA's Pascal-powered GeForce GTX Titan X successor said to feature up to 32GB of HBM2, and deliver around 1.5-1.8x the performance of the Titan X. Now, that should be enough to hit 60FPS or so, but two of those in SLI are going to be something that dreams are made of. We should be able to hit 60FPS+ on Ultra/Max details at 11,520 x 2160 with next-gen Titan X in SLI.
Finally, gaming on the triple-monitor 11,520 x 2160 setup is awesome. Sure, the bezels are in your way, but the experience is just so great. The two additional monitors fill your entire peripheral vision, enveloping you and pulling you into the game. I wouldn't recommend it for fast-paced first-person shooters, but for everything else, it's an experience like no other.
Would I recommend it? Probably not. I do these articles to give us a closer look at where GPUs are going, and what we'll need regarding raw GPU performance once we bust through 4K @ 120 and VR headsets. Right now, we simply don't have the GPU power for anything over 4K @ 120Hz on a single card, but that's where Polaris and Pascal should turn up and blow us all away. Surprise me, AMD/NVIDIA.
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