Nvidia’s RTX 4090 is a 4K gaming beast and even capable of handling 8K resolutions, but how about 13K? Well, he can manage there too – pretty much – as one YouTuber has proved.
The key to this 13K feat, as you can imagine, is finding a game that isn’t too demanding – because that’s a lot of pixels to deal with (even 8K is, 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 action RPG (and console rounds) but due to its mobile roots, the specs are undemanding (Genshin Impact will run on an Nvidia GT 1030, with a GTX 1060 as the recommended GPU).
As Tom’s Hardware (opens in new tab) reports, youtuber gold reviewer (opens in new tab) ran it on an RTX 4090 with a resolution of 13,760 x 5,760 and managed to reach 30 frames per second (fps) on average.
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Now 30fps is the bare minimum for gaming palatability, meaning it’s smooth enough to feel good – but you really want more than that for a proper framerate. Most people look to 60fps as the magic milestone in this regard, but 30fps is still playable – and a pretty impressive achievement at 13K, in all honesty.
30fps is an average framerate, of course, so there are dips below that to around 25fps at times, and that’s without much action happening on the screen either. So no doubt in the midst of things there will be moments of bumps, but this is more of a demonstration of a feat than a practical exercise.
It’s worth noting that Golden Reviewer doesn’t have a 13K display (and neither does anyone, as far as we know), so the resolution is achieved via upscaling.
In other words, the monitor can’t display that 13K natively, but 13K upscaled (on a lower resolution screen) means it offers an incredible level of detail (so much so that you won’t need to turn on anti-aliasing, for example, to smooth out jagged edges as everything will be crisp and super sharp from the start). Golden Reviewer demonstrates how crystal clear the displayed image is, zooming to a 500% level where graphics remain absolutely sharp.
The downside is that the in-game textures don’t have 13K resolution, of course, which means some blurring is introduced on that front.
Still, Genshin Impact looks seriously impressive at 13K, and one of the video reviewers tried the same trick with an RTX 3090. A necessary dash of spice as always, but apparently the result was an average framerate of 12 fps at 13K – which means the RTX 4090 is a big step up here (keeping in mind that there will be other variables besides the GPU, naturally).