Originally Posted by Stay Puft
Only problem with that is that maybe 1% game at 1440P. The majority of us are at 1080
For the gamers that actually worry about PCIe lanes, they're going to be running multiple cards. Chances are the rest of the rig is going to have a bit more money spent on it as well - if you're using two high end cards and still at 1080p there's very few games worth playing where that 2nd or 3rd card is going to make a difference. You'd be better off with a cheap Korean 1440p (which doesn't cost a lot) or a multi-monitor setup with two or three 1080p monitors. Last time at the iSeries LAN, there were plenty of 1440p gamers there, and almost all of them had better-than-average systems.
Looking at the Steam Hardware Survey:
30.73% of people at 1080p
2.91 + 0.1 + 0.01 + 0.01 + 0.87 + 0.16 + 0.01 + 0.01 + 0.01 + 0.06 + 0.01 = 4.16% of people in the survey game at higher than 1080p
At any one time there's 4.6 million gamers on steam - if say they were representative of the survey, then that's almost 200,000 gamers using resolutions higher than 1080p currently on Steam.
The fact still remains:
- if you're running multiple cards, it can pay dividends to make sure you've got a board that will do it properly,
- otherwise you might as well through any potential for decent scaling out the window,
- especially when using >1080P or multi-monitor setups.
If you're using a single card in an x4 slot, then I'd be interested in knowing what other cards you're running (RAID et al) in the normal PEG slots.