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4K Monitors: Not Now, But Soon 186

Posted by Soulskill
from the wait-for-16K dept.
An anonymous reader writes 4K monitor prices have fallen into the range where mainstream consumers are starting to consider them for work and for play. There are enough models that we can compare and contrast, and figure out which are the best of the ones available. But this report at The Wirecutter makes the case that absent a pressing need for 8.29 million pixels, you should just wait before buying one. They say, "The current version of the HDMI specification (1.4a) can only output a 4096×2160 resolution at a refresh rate of 24 Hz or 3840×2160 at 30 Hz—the latter, half that of what we're used to on TVs and monitors. Connect up a 4K monitor at 30 Hz via HDMI and you'll see choppier animations and transitions in your OS. You might also encounter some visible motion stuttering during normal use, and you'll be locked to a maximum of 30 frames per second for your games—it's playable, but not that smooth. ... Most people don't own a system that's good enough for gaming on a 4K display—at least, not at highest-quality settings. You'll be better off if you just plan to surf the Web in 4K: Nvidia cards starting in the 600 series and AMD Radeon HD 6000 and 7000-series GPUs can handle 4K, as can systems built with integrated Intel HD 4000 graphics or AMD Trinity APUs. ... There's a light on the horizon. OS support will strengthen, connection types will be able to handle 4K displays sans digital tricks, and prices will drop as more 4K displays hit the market. By then, there will even be more digital content to play on a 4K display (if gaming or multitasking isn't your thing), and 4K monitors will even start to pull in fancier display technology like Nvidia's G-Sync for even smoother digital shootouts."
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4K Monitors: Not Now, But Soon

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  • Occulus Rift (Score:3, Insightful)

    by ZouPrime (460611) on Tuesday June 17, 2014 @07:10PM (#47258715)

    Some will call me a troll, but as a gamer I'm no longer interested in 4K video since I know Occulus Rift (and competing VR set) are coming.

    Why spend a shitload of money of a new 4K screen and the video card necessary for an acceptable game experience when I'll be able to do VR with a fraction of the cost and with my existing hardware setup?

    Obviously that's a gamer perspective - I'm sure plenty of people will find 4K for what they are doing.

  • Re:Get a TV (Score:5, Insightful)

    by TechyImmigrant (175943) on Tuesday June 17, 2014 @07:20PM (#47258761) Journal

    Frame rate is for gamers. Programmers need pixels.

    That's why TFA is missing the right angle.
    4K is great for programming
          1 - You can see more lines of code
          2 - it doesn't require silly refresh rates)
    4K for gaming is silly. It doesn't meet the basic requirements
          1 - your card can't drive it
          2 - the framerate is low)

    Arguing that 4K is bad because it's no good for gamers is like arguing mobile phones are bad because you can't program on one effectively.
     

  • Re:Get a TV (Score:5, Insightful)

    by sexconker (1179573) on Tuesday June 17, 2014 @07:47PM (#47258947)

    Frame rate is for gamers. Programmers need pixels.

    That's why TFA is missing the right angle.
    4K is great for programming

          1 - You can see more lines of code

          2 - it doesn't require silly refresh rates)
    4K for gaming is silly. It doesn't meet the basic requirements

          1 - your card can't drive it

          2 - the framerate is low)

    Arguing that 4K is bad because it's no good for gamers is like arguing mobile phones are bad because you can't program on one effectively.

    Are you kidding me? Staring at 30 Hz console output is maddening, and plenty of GPUs can handle 4K @ 60 fps for modern games. I'm sorry if you're trying to run Ubisoft's latest gimped turd, but that's an issue with the game, not a modern flagship GPU. Beyond that plenty of monitors can handle 4K 60 Hz. I have no idea why the fuck this shit got front paged. HDMI 2.0. WELCOME TO THE PRESENT. DisplayPort 1.2. WELCOME TO THE YEAR 2010.

  • Re:display port (Score:2, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday June 17, 2014 @09:23PM (#47259615)

    Building on that, is HDMI 2.0 even shopping yet?

    2009 vs 2015, maybe?

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