4K - 3840x2160 Testing
4K monitors are the next step for gamers demanding the best in image quality. With four times the pixels of a standard 1920x1080 monitor (meaning 4x the intensity), 3840x2160 brings with it a new level of intensity to video cards.
Wanting 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 that while the NVIDIA offerings tend to perform stronger under Heaven thanks to the focus on tessellation, the HIS R9 290X iPower IceQ X2 Turbo 4GB manages to outperform here. This shows just how strong AMD is when it comes to pushing a serious amount of pixels.
Sleeping Dogs sees our HIS R9 290X iPower IceQ X2 Turbo 4GB give us the same 72 FPS average as the overclocked MSI GTX 780 6GB. While you can't really pick a winner between the two cards, the real winner is you, the user, as you get playable FPS at this intense resolution.
Hitman Absolution sees the HIS R9 290X iPower IceQ X2 Turbo 4GB perform strongly and a decent chunk ahead of the NVIDIA offering. While the overall 55 FPS average is a little low, combined with the strong 47 FPS minimum, we would say that overall performance would be playable for most people. You could do a slight detail drop if you wanted to bring that average up a little more.
While the HIS R9 290X iPower IceQ X2 Turbo 4GB manages to sneak ahead of our NVIDIA offering here, you can see the overall FPS on all our setups here are just way too low.
Moving back to GRID Autosport, it's nice to see that we don't hit the same 70ish FPS average wall that we've seen in our other setups. Saying that, though, the 55 FPS average is a little lower than we'd like. Combined with the strong 45 FPS minimum, we're more accepting of it.
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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 - 3840x2160 Testing]
- Page 15 [Temperature & Sound Testing]
- Page 16 [Power Consumption Testing]
- Page 17 [Pricing, Availability and Final Thoughts]
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