The first of these monitors will come from Samsung, the Odyssey Neo G9, but AMD has confirmed that companies like Dell, Asus, Acer and LG will also support these higher resolutions in future monitors. While we don’t know what those monitors will look like in detail, we do know what the current Odyssey Neo G9 looks like, a massive 49-inch Quantum Mini LED gaming monitor that costs $2,300.
We don’t know the exact resolution of these future monitors, but AMD has listed 7680 x 2160 as the tested resolution for “8K Widescreen”. That’s twice the 4K UHD resolution, not about four times the “real” 8K in 16:9.
Displayport 2.1 should enable 8K with 165 Hertz
AMD didn’t confirm that these first 8K displays will support refresh rates higher than 60Hz, but did hint that the ability to go up to 165Hz is now possible. This is thanks to the DisplayPort 2.1 that AMD supports on its new RX 7900 XTX and 7900 XT. Compared to DisplayPort 1.4, DisplayPort 2.1 also increases the maximum possible refresh rate for 1440p displays from 480 Hz to 900 Hz and for 4K-UHD from 240 Hz to 480 Hz.
AMD, of course, is making a big deal of it because it’s a connector that Nvidia’s RTX 40 graphics cards don’t support. Even the flagship RTX 4090 is still limited to DisplayPort 1.4a. It’s worth noting that DisplayPort 1.4a for 8K ultrawides can still reach 135Hz even though the standard 8K resolution is fixed at 60Hz.
As exciting as 8K sounds, most PC gamers still play in 1080p and 1440p, even though there has been significant growth in 4K gaming in recent years. AMD has provided some performance charts showing how well the RX 7900 XTX performs in 8K, hoping to prove that the time for 8K gaming is said to have come. Of course only with upscaling via FSR.
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RX 7900XT(X) mit Displayport 2.1 (5) [Quelle: AMD]
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RX 7900XT(X) mit Displayport 2.1 (6) [Quelle: AMD]
In 8K ultrawide, the RX 7900 XTX can reportedly hit 190 fps in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 and 148 fps in Death Stranding Director’s Cut. In Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, she hits 96 fps in standard 8K and 73 fps in Uncharted: Legacy of Thieves Collection. All of these performances were tested at maximum settings, but with FSR enabled in Performance mode, which allows for these higher frame rates.