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4K Gaming is Gonna Take a While
At CES 2014, Dell released info on a 4K 28-Inch monitor that would retail for $700, now that’s insane. But not all things insane are good, and that’s definitely true in this case. For those wondering, 4K is double the resolution of 1080p, measuring in at 3840×2160 pixels, 1080p being 1920×1080. So yes, on a 4K monitor you will really notice the difference between that and today’s standard, 1080p.
Sadly though, the $700 4K monitor won’t be all that great for gaming, because it runs at 30HZ. Yes, this is a bad thing. Most monitors run at 60HZ and that means while gaming, once you hit 60FPS you cannot tell a difference in frames because the monitors hertz rate is 60. Yep, you guessed it, that means the 4K monitors by Dell are capped at 30FPS which really isn’t great for PC gaming, it’s really the bare minimum people can stand playing at. Not only is the monitor 30HZ, but pushing out 4K resolution onto any monitor is really intense for a graphics card and really just kills framerates. For most cards people own, it will be hard to even achieve a mere 30FPS on these upcoming 4K monitors.
As sad as it is, it’s gonna be a little bit of a wait before 4K becomes the norm for gaming and TV. Until then we’ll have to see this technology evolve as did flatscreen LED TV’s. About 6 years ago, a 42-Inch LED TV went for about $1300, today one can be found for $200-$400. So surely, over time we’ll reach 60HZ and the price will fall way down. Stay patient for now!