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Ideal 4K monitors and graphics cards

Ideal 4K monitors and graphics cards

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In the world of PC gaming, 4K resolution, also known as Ultra High Definition (UHD), represents the pinnacle of visual quality and detail. With four times the number of pixels as 1080p, i.e. Full HD, 4K/UHD offers gamers a significant improvement in image clarity and immersion, even at larger screen diagonals, i.e. 32 or 42 inches. But in order to fully exploit this amazing graphics performance, powerful hardware components are required. Both 4K gaming monitors and powerful and expensive graphics cards play a decisive role. In this article we take a look at the latest developments in 4K gaming hardware. We're highlighting some of the current, tested monitors and graphics cards that are known not only for their ability to bring games to life in UHD resolution, but also for how they enhance the gaming experience with advanced technologies like HDR, high refresh rates, and adaptive sync.

This overview is a guide for enthusiasts and demanding gamers who want to take their gaming setup to the next level. Steady progress can be seen among gaming monitors, although developments in LCD displays are progressing more slowly. 10-bit color representation is now common in many mid-range models, even if this is only achieved using 8-bit plus frame rate control (FRC). This means that the display natively supports 256 color shades and expands the display to up to 1024 shades by quickly switching between two shades. The focus on “only” the 8-bit representation was deliberately chosen because the visual difference in the true 10-bit representation cannot be seen by the human eye and most applications run in 8-bit anyway. Therefore, the practical added value is rather modest, similar to the difference between 120Hz and 144Hz refresh rates. 120Hz is typically used in televisions, while 144Hz is primarily used as a selling point in gaming monitors.

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You will find the following products in the test:

  • Asus Rog Swift OLED PG42UQ
  • Corsair Xenon 32UHD144-A
  • Gigabyte M28U
  • KTC M27P20 Pro
  • MSI MAG 323 UPF
  • Philips Avenia 42M2N8900
  • Sony Inzone M9 U27M90
  • ViewSonic Elite XG320U
  • Radeon RX 7900 GRE
  • Radeon RX 7900 XT
  • GeForce RTX 4070 Ti Super
  • GeForce RTX 4090

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