We recently published a blog about AMD Eyefinity Technology, which gives gamers the ability to combine multiple monitors to expand their gaming area. One of the areas we touched on was the economic argument in favor of a multiple-monitor setup over 4K1.

 

But economics aren’t the only potential consideration, and 4K monitors are getting more affordable all the time. It’s a subjective thing, but one thing’s for sure: for some gamers, only the ultra-sharp, crisp-as-a-winter-morning, eye-dazzling luminosity of 4K will do.

 

We can’t really blame them, but if you haven’t seen 4K for yourself there’s a decent chance you don’t get the fascination. That’s going to change in 3.. 2.. 1..

 

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The screen captures of Tomb Raider above show 1080p first then 4K below2.  The insets are actual size. The hardware, system settings and game detail settings have not changed. Notice the extra sharpness and detail, as well as improved aliasing in the 4K picture. Lines are crisper, textures are sharper and jaggies are reduced. This is the kind of image quality 4K helps make possible. It’s unquestionably a major breakthrough in the quest toward photo-realistic PC games.

 

And take a look at these shots below, showing a scene in Thief™ loaded with fine detail (the first image is 1080p, the second is 4K).

 

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The extra sharpness afforded by the higher pixel density of 4K is especially obvious in the detailed rug on the floor. And check out the sharpness of the items in the foreground of these Battlefield™ 4 screenshots when played in 4K (the first image is 1080p, the second is 4K):

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When you see images like these, it starts to become clear why some gamers are so eager to shell out the required premium for a 4K panel.

 

We couldn’t be happier for them. They’re the reason we created the AMD Radeon™ R9 290 Series  graphics cards, each one of which has at least 4GB of memory for an exceptional 4K experience .

 

It may still be early days for 4K, but its time is definitely coming. Now, quite literally, you can see why.

 

 


Jay Lebo is a Product Marketing Manager at AMD. His postings are his own opinions and may not represent AMD’s positions, strategies or opinions. Links to third party sites are provided for convenience and unless explicitly stated, AMD is not responsible for the contents of such linked sites and no endorsement is implied.

 

FOOTNOTES:

 

  1. Requires 4K display and content. Supported resolution varies by GPU model and board design; confirm specifications with manufacturer before purchase.
  2. All of the screenshots in this blog were taken with the same system, which included an i7-4960X CPU, an AMD Radeon™ R9 290X graphics card, ultra high detail settings.