Even the most Bad Ass graphics card on the planet can't run Borderlands 3 at 7680 x 4320 on its Bad Ass graphics settings, with NVIDIA's TITAN RTX that sells for $2499 being reduced to even finer dust than Gears 5 did at 8K.
Borderlands 3 can't even muster 10FPS on the TITAN RTX at 8K on the Bad Ass preset, strangely enough both of the Pascal-based cards from NVIDIA in the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti and TITAN Xp are 1FPS ahead of the TITAN RTX and 2FPS ahead of the other Turing-based card in the RTX 2080 Ti.
This was a strange anomoly, so I re-benched all of the NVIDIA graphics cards again and had the exact same results in the end. Turing cards are a 1-2 FPS slower at 8K with the Bad Ass preset, but things change in favor of Turing on the Medium preset.
AMD's previous flagship Radeon VII graphics card and its 16GB of HBM2 come into play here, with 9FPS average -- beating out the RTX 2080 Ti and its 8FPS average, and equaling the TITAN RTX that costs 3x more. The new Navi-based Radeon RX 5700 XT at 8K? Don't even talk about it -- 1.7FPS is just... bad.
But, 8GB of framebuffer is never going to be enough for true 8K gaming and I only ran that card as a quick test. If you guys want more 8GB cards tested, like Vega 56/64 and the RTX SUPER range, let me know in the comments and I'll do a follow-up article to see what performance is like... even though it'll fall into to sub-5FPS range.
$2499 will give you 25.6FPS average in Borderlands 3 on the Medium preset, while the RTX 2080 Ti isn't far behind with 24.4FPS. Things drop under 20FPS on everything else, with the TITAN Xp pushing 19.7FPS while the GTX 1080 Ti scales back a bit with 17.FPS.
AMD doesn't do too badly with the Radeon VII and its 17FPS average but the 8GB of GDDR6 inside of the Radeon RX 5700 XT just isn't enough for Borderlands 3 at 8K with only 5.7FPS average.
As I said in my Gears 5 benchmarked at 8K article: 8K gaming is nowhere close to mainstream. I'm simply doing these tests because I'm an enthusiast, who writes for a tech media outlet, who has an actual 8K monitor here and access to the latest and greatest graphics cards and toys to play with.
I don't game at 8K and I won't until we're getting at least 60FPS... and that seems like many years away at this point.
Last updated: Oct 2, 2019 at 05:45 pm CDT