Nvidia’s RTX 4090 is a beast in 4K gaming, and it can also handle 8K resolution, but what about 13K? Well, he can manage there too – almost – as one YouTuber has proven.
The key to this 13K feat, as you might imagine, is finding a game that isn’t too demanding — because that’s a lot of pixels to contend with (up to 8K, to be fair) — and in this case, that game is Genshin Impact.
Yes, this is primarily a mobile game, but there is a PC version of the RPG (and console spin), but due to its mobile roots the specs are unexpected (Genshin Impact will run on an Nvidia GT 1030, with the GTX 1060 as the recommended GPU ).
as Tom’s devices (Opens in a new tab) YouTube Golden Reviewer Reports (Opens in a new tab) It ran on an RTX 4090 with a resolution of 13,760 x 5,760 and it managed to achieve an average of 30 frames per second (fps).
Analysis: Is there any benefit from this? Yes and no
Now, 30fps is minimal for gaming palatability, which means it’s smooth enough to feel good – but you really want more than that to get a fun frame rate right. Most people look for 60fps as the magic milestone in this regard, but 30fps nonetheless is playable – a pretty amazing feat at 13K, in all honesty.
30fps is the average frame rate, of course, so there are dips below that to about 25fps sometimes, and that’s without much action happening on screen either. Therefore, there is no doubt that in the midst of these matters there will be moments of fury, but this is more of a show of feat than a practical exercise.
It’s worth noting that the Gold Reviewer doesn’t have a 13K screen (nor does anyone else, as far as we know anyway), so the resolution is achieved by upgrading.
In other words, the monitor can’t display native 13K, but upscaling to 13K (on a lower resolution screen) means it provides an amazing level of detail (so much so that you won’t need to run Anti-aliasing for example smooth out jagged edges, as everything will be Very sharp and crisp from the start). The golden reviewer demonstrates the clarity of the displayed image by zooming in to the 500% level where the graphics remain crystal clear.
The drawback is that the game’s architecture is not at 13K resolution, which means that some noise is introduced on that front.
However, the Genshin Impact looks hugely impressive at 13K, and one of the video commentators tried the same trick with the RTX 3090. A sprinkle of spice is needed as ever, but the result appears to be an average frame rate of 12fps at 13K – which means the RTX 4090 is a huge step forward here (considering there will be variants other than the GPU, of course).