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Forget the fact that 4k monitors are out now and that 4K gaming is technically possible, try to make an educated guess as to how far off 4K gaming truly is.

I think it is at least 3 years off. Here is why:

4K = 4 x 1080p

To get 60 FPS steadily without going below that, with the graphics just on medium, you would need 2 780ti in SLI. The VRAM on the card would just barely be enough to get that. Now if you put the graphics on ultra, you MIGHT get 60 FPS with SLI 780ti cards on 4 1080p monitors, but you probably won't. And since the vast majority of people cannot afford 2 ultra high end graphics cards, 4K gaming is still just a hpyothetical at this point. 4K gaming will not take hold until AMD and Nvidia decide that they can put a GPU on their cards powerful enough to run 4K without it costing too much money for the mainstream market. AMD and Nvidia have the technology, but to market that technology is a different story.

So that being said, how long out do you think it will be before a $400 card will be able to run 4K smoothly?

edit: here is some support

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zOrxBXj0Njo&list=PLED2A46E2F2265E1D&index=2
Edited by Thready - 3/27/14 at 10:33pm
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I game at 2560x1600 with a single 7950, and I have zero issues holding 60 fps or more. It depends on the games you play. I could probably play my games at 4k without changing anything but my monitor enjoyably on high or possibly ultra settings.
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It might get done faster if you are a bit modest with what you want. Let's say a GTX 750 Ti is enough for 1080p for you. You'd need something four times as powerful. The GTX 780 is better than double that speed? 800 series is around the corner and will do better. After that, there might be something that can do four times the speed at the end of 2015? I might be totally wrong because the cards might only be four times as powerful at 1080p, but drop in performance in 4K because of memory bandwidth reasons.

In three years, that stacked DRAM experiment they are currently working on might be finished and getting sold in normal cards. At that point perhaps 4K at 120Hz will start to work?
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1GB GTX 550 Ti
WoW at "4K" with 4x MSAA
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2160p isn't far off at all.

2160p at 120FPS might be hard, but 60 is certainly doable.

Edit: Imgur down-scaled the original, recompressed it to a smaller size before uploading so it stays at 2160p.
Edited by Shadow11377 - 3/27/14 at 2:31pm
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4k gaming will be much bigger in a few years when you only need a mid range card for 60fps gaming. And just a correction 4k is 2x 1920x1080 aka 3840x2160 or 4x 720p(HD)
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4k gaming will be much bigger in a few years when you only need a mid range card for 60fps gaming. And just a correction 4k is 2x 1920x1080 aka 3840x2160 or 4x 720p(HD)

Nope.

1080p -> 2160p = 4x

One pixel turns into 4, as it is double in both X and Y.
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4k gaming will be much bigger in a few years when you only need a mid range card for 60fps gaming. And just a correction 4k is 2x 1920x1080 aka 3840x2160 or 4x 720p(HD)

Nope, it's four times the pixels.

(1920 * 2) * (1080 * 2) = 1920 * 1080 * 4
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4k gaming.... smooth with graphics cards.... probably sometime around 2020 my guess....thumb.gif
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4K gaming will only become mainstream when you can use a single affordable video card to run new games on high at a steady 60+ fps.

It's possible 2 years from now if Pascal lives up to its potential and Nvidia quits being a douche. If not, then I'd say 4 years.
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4K gaming will only become mainstream when you can use a single affordable video card to run new games on high at a steady 60+ fps.

It's possible 2 years from now if Pascal lives up to its potential and Nvidia quits being a douche. If not, then I'd say 4 years.

You know very well they will not drop the price for that Pascal stuff until AMD's version will start selling. tongue.gif
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