4K: Explained

I guess that you all heard at least once about a so called 4K resolution, UHD or Ultra HD, which basically means the exact same thing: a new resolution that is meant to make our display look more realistic. There are a lot of good things but also there are bad things.

First, I want to talk a little bit about what is a resolution. It is usually used as width × height, with the units in pixels: for example, “1920 × 1080” means the width is 1920 pixels and the height is 1080 pixels. This example would normally be spoken as “nineteen twenty by ten eighty”.

“Why 4K is better?” – Basically 4K means that it has four times the number of pixels of 1080p, which translates into better images that have more details than 1080p images.

“What`s the catch then?” – As you know more pixels equals to more power needed to drive those displays at full resolution and decent frame rate. Now the problems start here. You will need to buy 2000 bucks gear to drive this at good frame rate (>40 fps), which, if we add the price of the display itself we are around the 3000 dollars mark, if we add the rest of the components that are needed to support a beast such as R9 295X2 or two GTX 780Ti, the prices are getting higher and higher. If you want a 4k setup, expect to ease your pockets of a couple grands, and this is only for one monitor setup, If we start talking about two or three monitors setup, than we are talking about 10000 dollars or more, which, in my opinion is a heck of a lot of money.

“So… I should buy it?” – If you want it NOW than go ahead buy it, but else, you are better off waiting a couple of months till prices of gear drops, and also till display`s drop as well.

To finish this of I want to say a couple of words, not only about the displays but also about cameras. At the moment, we don`t really have 4K content. I mean, yes we have games, but not all of us are gamers, and some of us will just want to watch a movie at extreme clarity. For those persons I have some bad news… movies are not expected to be shouted in 4K until 2015 or even 2016… So… until than there is not a lot of content that can take advantage at most of the new resolution standard.

I hope you enjoyed this article, and I want to make use of this moment and apology for the lack of content in last month or so, but you know how is it now: FINALS, FINALS, FINALS and FINALS again. I couldn`t find time to write another article, but now things have settled down around here and I`m ready to produce new fun and educational articles just for you guys. Until next time please answer the question of the week as it helps me find out more about my readers and it also helps me improve my writing skills.

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