When it comes to the next big thing in PC gaming, that mantle most definitely goes to 4K gaming as it stands. Out of reach to all but the most extreme of gaming rigs, 4K gaming is nevertheless slowly but surely becoming a more affordable option.
The 4K movement has been helped out by cheaper 4K-capable monitors and the introduction of Nvidia’s new GeForce GTX 980 and the GeForce GTX 970, both cards capable of single-GPU 4K support in select titles. Of course with all this hardware under the hood gamers need something to really stretch their rig’s muscles. Step in the FireStrike Ultra 4K Benchmark, the world’s first benchmark utility designed to test the Ultra HD capability of today’s graphics cards.
While 4K workarounds have been around for some time now, FireStrike Ultra is only dedicated 4K benchmark tool designed to push GPUs to the max. 4K gaming is basically gaming at 3840 x 2160 resolution, and it needs a hefty PC to get running, not least because it’s pumping out over four times as many pixels as your bog-standard 1080p resolution. It’s enough to bring about gaming rigs crumbling to the ground, but for some it’s the only way to truly get their quad-SLI setup really breaking a sweat.
Amusingly you won’t even need a 4K monitor to run this benchmark, so provided you’ve got at least 3GB of VRAM on your graphics card you can give this one a test, although of course be warned your PC may struggle. If nothing else it stands as a good tester for gamers thinking of hopping into 4K as to whether it’s worth splashing out on a shiny new 4K monitor, of if they’re rig won’t quite cut it just yet.
You can run the FireStrike Ultra 4K benchmark for yourself over here. Going to give this monstrously demanding benchmark a go? Any GD’ers got a rig capable of clocking in a decent frame rate in these benchmarks? Let us know!