8K gaming is still out of reach for most people and here with Gears 5 we see that it is unplayable, with NVIDIA's beasty TITAN RTX being the only card close enough to hitting 30FPS average on Medium detail.
AMD's flagship Radeon VII and its 16GB of ultra-fast HBM2 memory is no match for NVIDIA's previous-gen champion in the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti and the TITAN Xp which have 11GB and 12GB of GDDR5X, respectively. Radeon VII is only capable of 18.4FPS versus the 19FPS and 20.7FPS of the GTX 1080 Ti and TITAN Xp, respectively, on Medium detail in Gears 5 at 8K.
But NVIDIA reigns supreme here with its Turing GPU architecture and GDDR6 memory with the GeForce RTX 2080 Ti pushing 25.6FPS average at 8K on Medium detail, while $2499 will get you 27.4FPS average.
Taking things up to Ultra we see no card in the 5 that I tested breaching 20FPS average in Gears 5 at 8K, the Radeon VII falls off a cliff at 12.8FPS taking down the GTX 1080 Ti with it and its 13.3FPS average.
The slightly faster TITAN Xp does a little better on Ultra settings at 14.6FPS average, but the Turing-based RTX 2080 Ti blows it away at 18FPS while the TITAN RTX takes the cake and eats it too at 19.1FPS -- but again, at the exorbitant cost of $2499.
Wrapping up -- Gears 5 at 7680 x 4320 with 4K high-res textures and Ultra settings brings every graphics card known to man to its knees. NVIDIA's flagship $2499 monster TITAN RTX graphics card can't even muster 20FPS, while the 16GB of HBM2 is spinning its wheels it seems with only 12.8FPS on the Radeon VII.
8K gaming is nowhere close to mainstream... but it is a great way to see just how far we have to go to get to 8K 60FPS, and that is looking like it is a long wait yet. I don't see next-gen GPUs being able to do over 30FPS without some radical changes, and 8K 60FPS seems like it is at least 2-3 years away and maybe the generation after the one coming in 2020.
Still, 8K benchmarks are fun to run and see how they stress different graphics cards -- up next is Borderlands 3, something I just finished benchmarking at 1080p, 1440p, and 4K. Speaking of those resolutions, I'll have a follow-up piece on Gears 5 at 1080p, 1440p, and 4K later this week.
Last updated: Sep 26, 2019 at 06:11 am CDT