Post by KostaAndreadis @ 02:57pm 02/09/20 | 2 Comments
It may not be the flagship, but NVIDIA's next generation GeForce RTX 3090 is a beast -- a true 8K "BFGPU". First some perspective, a 1080p image renders roughly 2 million pixels, a 4K image roughly 8 million. This is one of the reasons true 4K gaming at 60 frames-per-second is something of a "it depends on the title". Thanks to the impressive like-for-like and often better looking DLSS 2.0 rendering -- the RTX 3090 can push 8K HDR 60 frames-per-second on a number of titles. We're talking 33 million ray-traced pixels.
Although it's a selling point for the next generation of consoles (PS5 and Xbox Series X) we already know that major AAA titles on both will target 4K 30-frames-per-second. Which makes 8K 60fps something of a dream scenario. One that thanks to HDMI 2.1 support NVIDIA were able to showcase to content creators with both Control and Wolfenstein: Youngblood running in 8K on a new LG OLED TV with ray-tracing enabled.
Naturally this is one of those you need to see it situations, on the account that odds are you haven't seen a game running at 8K before. Let alone the simply stunning Control. The closest we've got was running Overwatch at 200% image scaling on a 4K display with a 2080 Ti -- just to see what would happen. It ran.
This though, as the following numbers show, is next level.
Only a handful of these titles have DLSS enabled. Rainbow Six Siege, Apex Legends, Destiny 2, and Forza Horizon 4 all running at 60fps and above at 8K on an RTX 3090. Insanity. On the DLSS front, NVIDIA had to create a new DLSS Ultra Performance mode for selected titles, and "a newly trained AI super resolution model, purpose-built for 8K, that offers image quality comparable to native resolution, while rendering only one ninth of the pixels". Indeed.
But, 8K gaming even with a RTX 3090 is mostly a dream. The GeForce RTX 3090 will retail for $2,429 AUD when it launches September 27 and the "most affordable" 8K LG OLED available locally is the LG ZX 77 inch 8K OLED TV retailing for $35,999 AUD.
That said, this would be one hell of a way to play Cyberpunk 2077 in November.