4K - 3840 x 2160 Testing
4K monitors are the next step for gamers demanding the best in image quality. With 4x the pixels of a standard 1920 x 1080 monitor (meaning 4x the intensity); 3840 x 2160 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 to 4K, you can see that MSI GTX 970 4GB Twin Frozr V Gaming OC falls between the R9 290 4GB and heavily overclocked R9 290X 4GB, like the higher-end reference GTX 980.
Sleeping Dogs performance is strong and you can see while we do fall a little behind the heavily overclocked R9 290X 4GB here, unlike the R9 290 4GB, though, the MSI GTX 970 4GB Twin Frozr V Gaming OC manages to offer playable FPS with its 70 FPS average.
With the resolution cranked up, you can see that our numbers from the MSI GTX 970 4GB Twin Frozr V Gaming OC are pretty much in line with the R9 290 4GB here. Of course, those numbers aren't high enough for us to consider the game playable, at these settings.
Tomb Raider sees almost identical results to what we saw above. While the MSI GTX 970 4GB Twin Frozr V Gaming OC lines up almost perfectly with the R9 290 4GB here, the overall FPS across the board aren't at a level where we would consider them playable. This is also an issue that is extended to the heavily overclocked R9 290X 4GB and GTX 980 4GB.
GRID Autosport sees some decent FPS against the heavily overclocked R9 290X 4GB, but numbers that again are just a little too low for us to consider this game playable with these settings. You're really going to want to venture into SLI land if you're gaming at 4K.
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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 - 3840 x 2160 Testing]
- Page 15 [Temperature & Sound Testing]
- Page 16 [Power Consumption Testing]
- Page 17 [Pricing, Availability, and Final Thoughts]
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