UltraHD 4K benchmarks: the hardware you’ll need

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UltraHD 4K monitors are going to be the future of high-end gaming, but for now the technology is just out of reach for most gamers. That doesn’t mean the Glorious PC Master Race can’t be prepared for the latest twist to the high definition revolution.

With the launch of the ASUS PQ321, many tech sites have begun testing and releasing their results on how easy (or difficult) it is to get these new monitors working at full steam and how many applications need to be updated to support the Ultra HD 4K standard.

PC Perspective noted in their early testing of the PQ321 that Nvidia’s drivers made setting up the monitor somewhat easier, but still had some software hiccups to smooth out, not to mention that not all games have support for it. AMD’s Catalyst drivers support everything quite well out of the box, but do require more clicks to get things working.

An interesting observation by Ryan Shrout is that Nvidia is readying drivers to support monitors such as the ASUS PQ321, but the special drivers they had were set up to put two virtual monitors together in a 2:1 Nvidia Surround group, which you can’t ordinarily do with physical monitors. AMD supports Eyefinity configurations with just two monitors, but Nvidia seemingly cant, or won’t, allow for that setup just yet.

The jump in average resolutions will require a significant change in the mindset of the hardware manufacturers making mainstream and even high-end computer components. Anandtech’s testing while at Computex 2013 showed that some games weren’t able to scale up very well, with older titles such as Metro 2033 unable to break 60fps even with four Nvidia Geforce GTX Titans rocking the boat.

However, while the Radeon HD7790 may perform well enough in DiRT 3 (Anandtech testing), it won’t run every other game at the same level. Thus, MyGaming’s hardware recommendations for 4K gaming still stand:

A quick shopping list

Low Details
Processor AMD FX-6350 or Core i5-4670K
Memory 8GB DDR3-1600 dual-channel
Graphics card AMD Radeon HD7870 2GB or Nvidia GTX660 2GB
Storage Mechanical hard drive
Medium Details
Processor AMD FX-8350 or Core i7-3770K or Core i7-4770K
Memory 8GB DDR3-2133 dual-channel
Graphics card AMD Radeon HD7950 3GB or Nvidia GTX760 2GB
Storage Solid state hard drive
High Details
Processor Intel Core i7-3820 or Core i73930K
Memory 16GB DDR3-1600 quad-channel
Graphics card Nvidia Geforce GTX770 4GB, GTX780 3GB or GTX Titan 6GB
Storage Solid state hard drive
Ultra Details
Processor Intel Core i73930K or Core i7-3970X
Memory 16GB DDR3-2133 quad-channel
Graphics card Nvidia GTX Titan 6GB in SLI
Storage Solid state hard drive
Source: Anandtech, PC Perspective

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