Gamers! Fire Strike Ultra Lets You Test your PC for 4K Even if you Don’t Have a 4K Monitor
by Stephan Jukic – October 17th, 2014
Are you a PC gamer who’s dying to know how the latest 4K Ultra HD games will work on your machine but can’t find out because you don’t have a 4K screen of your own yet?
Well there may be a small solution waiting for you. Futuremark, the builder of the very popular PCMark and 3DMark computing benchmarking suites has created a new update for 3DMark that lets users run tests at 4K resolution, even if they don’t have a 4K screen on them.
The new 4K benchmark goes by the name of Fire Strike Ultra and it’s basically a more powerful and demanding version of the older Fire Strike, which has thus far been the most stressful test of 3DMark’s arsenal.
Like we just said, and we repeat it, the best thing about this 3DMark update is that you don’t actually need a real 4K screen to run the benchmark testing. It lets you know if your PC itself is capable of handling gaming in the Ultra HD resolution without you needing to actually see it displayed on a live screen.
So how is this possible you’re wondering? Well, according to the Fire Strike Ultra benchmark makers, 3DMark renders Ultra HD test content internally at a full 4K resolution of 3840 X 2160 pixels, checks to see that it works well and then scales the output visuals down so that they match your PC’s native screen resolution of Full HD 1080p.
Of course, the benchmark testing does have some conditions that need to be satisfied for it to test properly. These conditions include a GPU with at least 3 Gigs of RAM, a copy of the 3DMark Advanced or professional editions –either one will do and you need one of them to gain access to Fire Strike Ultra for your testing purposes.
This new Fire Strike Ultra update costs about $24.99 to buy and is the world’s first 4K Ultra HD benchmark for PC testing.
4K gaming needs tools like Fire Strike Ultra helping more gamers along in their efforts to get their hands on machines that are not just capable of handling 4K but also capable of playing fast action games on 4K screens. The latter is much more difficult than the former and most PCs, even well built gaming PCs render 4K Ultra HD too slowly for effective gameplay.
Full blown 4K gaming units are still expensive whether bought as complete kits or in parts but this is changing already and some manufacturers like Intel and Nvidia are creating new, more affordable GPUs that really are able to handle Ultra HD game resolution at high speeds.
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