PCs are already ahead of even the new Microsoft MSFT +1.41% Xbox One and Sony Sony Playstation 4 when it comes to super-high resolution gaming. The latest PC monitors offer 4K resolution and combined with a sufficiently powerful PC, you can play games at 4K too with no upscaling and sheer jaw-dropping visuals.
The cost of a PC that can do this is likely to be at least $3,000 – $4,000, especially as no current single graphics card can manage decent-enough frame rates at 4K in the latest demanding 3D games such as Battlefield 4 or Crysis 3 with all the eye-candy turned on. This price will come down though, as with all new technology, but if you want that kind of power now there are plenty of options out there.
UK-based PC retailer Yoyotech has not only picked and tweaked some of the fastest, most expensive hardware money can buy in the battle to build a 4K gaming PC, but it has also kitted its $13,000 PC out with some of the latest water-cooling gear, with the result that its insides look absolutely incredible.
Called the XDNA Aurum 24K, the PC actually retails for £7979 in the UK, and if you paid attention in school you’ll know that 79 is the atomic number for gold, while Aurum is latin for gold. Chemistry and latin facts aside, the PC sports an incredible specification that is likely to be blisteringly fast not just in games but at anything you can throw at it too.
Yoyotech has chosen Intel's INTC -0.29% Core i7-4960X Extreme Edition processor, which it has tweaked to run faster than it does out of the box, boosting its frequency to 4.6GHz. The CPU also has six cores and thanks to an Intel feature called Hyper-Threading, the total core count stands at 12, which is 50% more than the Xbox One’s processor.
If you know your PC hardware, you’ll know that Nvidia's NVDA -0.41% Titan Titan graphics cards were the most drool-worthy of 2013, and Yoyotech has included not one but two of them. As if this wasn’t enough, both graphics cards and the processor are water-cooled too, doing away with noisy fans and heatsinks and instead creating a blissfully quiet PC that also runs incredibly cool despite its monstrous specification.
It also has a gargantuan 64GB of Corsair memory, a 512GB solid state disk and 2TB hard disk, all housed in a Corsair Obsidian 900D tower case, which has been modified to hide cables and give the inside a super-clean look.
The PC managed a minimum frame rate of 31fps in Crysis 3 at 4K using the game’s ultra graphics settings, and a minimum of 26fps in Battlefield 4. So if you use three screens, which usually offer a lower resolution than a 4K monitor, the Aurum 24K is likely to provide massive frame rates.
Of course, this PC demands such a high price that most of us can only dream about owning it. However, it does give a glimpse about what mist be in store in the future for PC’s.