Human beings indeed, have no satisfaction. 1080p resolution is fast becoming the norm, and 1440p is well on its way too, but there’s no stopping semiconductor giants from releasing new hardware that supports even higher resolutions — all for the sake of innovation.
Playing Crysis 2 on HD 1080p with everything maxed-out (Directx 11 patch, check!) is already pure bliss, and we’re yet to experience the game on a 1440p display. Playing other game titles on a 4096×2160 display with all that ambient occlusions and tessellation doesn’t like a bad idea as well, but is it practical in real-life?
With Intel’s latest revelation about the Ivy Bridge platform regarding support for 4k resolution, they’ve made quite stir in the tech world. They’ve been showcasing the new platform’s performance improvements compared to its predecessor — most of which are GPU related, so it’s surprising to find out that the Ivy Bridge can actually support 4k resolution.
The 30 percent faster GPU performance of the Ivy Bridge compared to Sandy isn’t much, although we’ve experienced playing graphically intensive games like Dirt 2 on the Sandy Bridge Core i7 2600k and have found Intel’s claims about the mainstream gaming performance of GPU quite impressive, if compared to their previous IGP offferings like the X3100 and 4500mhd, but when you try to compare the results to a similar chip from Nvidia and AMD, it’s nothing groundbreaking.
According to Intel, the Ivy Bridge’s Multi Format Codec engine (MFX) is capable of playing multiple 4K videos at the same time, even a wall of them. That’s impressive, but it sounds more of a gimmick since Intel knows that intensive video editing-related tasks like that will most probably be offloaded to a workstation’s GPU and that mainstream users will not find any practical use for that functionality.
Despite YouTube showing off support for 4k video streaming, the lack of mainstream 4k media sources for the consumers still remains as a strong evidence that 1080p will still be the reigning king of video resolution standards, not unless Red One decides to make a cheap UHD (ultra-high definition) video cam for mainstream users, though we’ll soon see if the Ivy Bridge is a game changer.
Here’s a video from Red One that’ll surely make you want to pay for a $36,000 4k display, make sure to choose the ‘original’ video resolution.
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