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How to run 'The Witcher III' at 60 fps in 8K

By Cal Jeffrey ยท 18 replies
May 4, 2017
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  1. ThirtyIR is known for experimenting with games in ultra-high resolutions. The Rise of the Tomb Raider, GTA V, For Honor, and Battlefield 1 are just a few of the games that it has benchmarked and made comparison videos of in 1440p and higher resolutions. One of its latest experiments was to run The Witcher III in 8K.

    Now keep in mind, even though it is only two times the resolution of 4K, displaying something in 8K requires four times as many pixels. Aside from video display considerations, achieving an 8K run of the Witcher III or any other game is no simple task. Some serious horsepower is required to compute all those pixels. ThirtyIR ran the game in 8K with all the graphics settings maxed and was still able to achieve 60 frames per second.

    If your display (and your internet connection and your computer) is capable of it, you can view the video below in its full 4320p60 resolution, otherwise, view it in the max res that your equipment and monitor can handle.

    The feat is pretty impressive. The rig they used to run this demonstration uses four (yes, 4) Nvidia GTX Titan XP graphics cards. Of course, trying to run that much graphical power in an average machine would be like putting twin turbos on a Volkswagen Golf.

    The engine that drives $4,800 worth of graphical processing is an Intel Core i7-6950X CPU running at 4.3GHz, with 64GB of 3,200MHZ DDR4 memory, all mounted on an Asus Rampage V Extreme motherboard,” and displayed on a Dell UP3218K monitor. And that monster is just to run the game. ThirtyIR needed another powerhouse just to record the footage.

    The second unit ran on quad GTX 1080 Ti graphics cards with an i7-3970X overclocked to 4.8GHz, and 32GB of 2,133MHz DDR3 memory. So, if you have a spare $10,000-20,000 just lying around you too can run your games with this level of detail.

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  2. imronburgundy

    imronburgundy TS Enthusiast Posts: 28   +25

    Hairworks on or off?
     
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  3. quadibloc

    quadibloc TS Rookie

    How did they use a second computer to record or stream video displayed by the first computer?

    Is there a special port on video cards that is useful for this purpose? If so, among other things, this is one less reason to consider the extra cores on a Ryzen processor worth a slight sacrifice on the ultimate gaming performance.
     
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  4. amstech

    amstech IT Overlord Posts: 1,924   +1,090

    Juicy.
     
  5. davislane1

    davislane1 TS Grand Inquisitor Posts: 4,731   +3,753

    The feat is pretty impressive. The rig they used to run this demonstration uses four (yes, 4) Nvidia GTX Titan XP graphics cards. Of course, trying to run that much graphical power in an average machine would be like putting twin turbos on a Volkswagen Golf.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LpvOv0XtUrk

    I think you meant "towing a boat with a golf cart."
     
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  6. ZackL04

    ZackL04 TS Booster Posts: 197   +79

    Twin turbos on a Golf? Pretty sure thats a common way to make power on that car....very poor simile
     
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  7. fps4ever

    fps4ever TS Addict Posts: 101   +74

    Wow, that is impressive...
     
  8. Billybobjoey

    Billybobjoey TS Member Posts: 20   +13

    I would assume they just used a capture card like you would if you wanted to record console gameplay.
     
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  9. Cal Jeffrey

    Cal Jeffrey TS Guru Topic Starter Posts: 563   +170

    Yes. That is exactly what they did.
     
  10. Nero7

    Nero7 TS Addict Posts: 258   +95

    Or those africans pimping the very first VW Golf up to 1000 HP https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dElFiQcLsp8
    Can't find the documentary anymore where they do street races with them...
     
  11. davislane1

    davislane1 TS Grand Inquisitor Posts: 4,731   +3,753

    Insanity.
     
  12. Cal Jeffrey

    Cal Jeffrey TS Guru Topic Starter Posts: 563   +170

    Why people keep bring up tuned VWs is beyond me. Read in context, the simile I used insinuated that putting twin turbos on a car that doesn't have the engine to push them is pointless. Instead, everyone has to prove that a Golf can go fast. Yeah, a shtty computer can go fast too if you put a better processor under the hood.

    You've missed the whole point. Putting 4 Titan XPs on a computer running a Core 2 Duo 6850 would be a worthless endeavor.
     
  13. Invizibleyez

    Invizibleyez TS Enthusiast Posts: 66   +18

    "Now keep in mind, even though it is only two times the resolution of 4K, displaying something in 8K requires four times as many pixels."
    8k is not 2x the resolution.
    1080p is 1920x1080
    4k is 3840 x 2160
    2x 4k is either 7680 X 2160 or 3840 x 4320
    8k is 7680 x 3840
    The resolution and the pixels are the same.
     
  14. davislane1

    davislane1 TS Grand Inquisitor Posts: 4,731   +3,753

    We're bringing it up because the analogy doesn't work. Adding twin turbos to a Golf turns it into a faster Golf, which is what they are for. There is no "bottleneck" that defeats their purpose.

    Trying to tow 15,000lbs? Good luck with that. The car's weight and transmission "bottlenecks" that from the word go, like pairing a Core 2 with SLI Titans.
     
  15. namesrejected

    namesrejected TS Guru Posts: 398   +299

    ..... Yea.... But can it run Crysis?
     
  16. soulsassassin

    soulsassassin TS Addict Posts: 112   +47

    what you mean by africans
     
  17. mrjgriffin

    mrjgriffin TS Addict Posts: 243   +108

    looks off to me. his hair should be fluttering in the wind if its on right?
     
  18. mrjgriffin

    mrjgriffin TS Addict Posts: 243   +108

    4k is actually 4096x2160. 3840 x 2160 is actually "UHD" which isn't true 4k
     
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  19. Web Spider

    Web Spider TS Rookie

    iPlay4K ran 8K resolution of Witcher 3 way before Titan XP. He ran Witcher 3 on 4x Titan X Maxwell`s GPU architecture back in 2016 on prototype 8K resolution screen while iPlay4K tested the hardware. When it comes to ultra high resolution - iPlay4K`s videos are more interesting than ThirtyIR.
     

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