ASUS PB287Q True 4K Monitor Review
Published: 29th June 2014 | Source: ASUS | Price: |
It's not until you see a comparison between a 1080P panel and the 4K goodness available here that the staggering difference in available screen space becomes apparent. Sure the idea posited here that you could play a game, watch a film and work on your Power Point presentation at the same time has about as much real world merit as Microsofts insistence that your partner moving your XBox One game to a corner of the screen and watching a film whilst you play isn't going to lead to divorce. However, the top two images are where the truth of a 4K screen really lays, and if you've ever been frantically scrolling around a photograph whilst editing it, or want to improve your workflow in video editing, then the PB287Q really has got you covered.
The stands supplied with your average monitor are one of our bones of contention here at OC3D towers. Ergonomics are vital, and we have the back-ache and RSI to prove it. So it's fantastic to see the PB287Q supplied with a fully adjustable stand, allowing you to place it in the perfect position. A great quality stand is around £50, so the fact ASUS include one as standard only adds to the value. Although the PB287Q does support VESA, should you have an arrangement you're already happy with.
Test Setup and Memory Usage
As you can see from the first slide above, the amount of pixels having to be rendered on a 4K display are massively more than those of a 1920x1080 display. Of course that's pretty obvious, but it does have an affect upon the frames per second you can achieve. To give you some idea of the setup you'll need we took our standard LGA2011 graphics card test rig and stuffed it with a selection of the current high-end graphics cards. As you can see from the graph below 3GB of VRAM is the absolute bare minimum. This is Watch Dogs hoovering up all the VRAM it can get, although it did give 84.6 FPS @ 4K on a GTX780Ti SLI setup.
Now click on to see how much GPU horsepower is required to power some other games on the PB287Q.