The first batch of 8K ultrawide monitors is finally coming, and it will be launched next year. The news was announced at the launch of AMD’s next-generation RX 7000 GPU, where the company announced that the Samsung Odyssey Neo G9 will be the first ultrawide monitor to support this high resolution.
Slideshow showing Samsung’s first 8K ultrawide monitor
The first of these monitors will come from Samsung under the model Odyssey Neo G9, but AMD confirmed that companies like Dell, Asus, Acer, and LG will also support this higher resolution on future monitors, but not yet The specifics of these displays.
The exact resolution of these future displays is not known yet, but AMD lists 7680 x 2160 as a test resolution for “8K widescreen.”
AMD didn’t confirm that these first 8K monitors will support higher refresh rates (above 60Hz), but did hint at the ability to hit 165Hz now. That’s thanks to DisplayPort 2.1, which AMD supports on its new RX 7900 XTX and 7900 XT. Compared to DisplayPort 1.4, DisplayPort 2.1 also boosts 1440p monitors from a maximum refresh rate of 480Hz to 900Hz, and 4K from 240Hz to 480Hz.
A slideshow showing DisplayPort 2.1 enabling higher refresh rates
The reason why AMD is making a big fuss about this is that Nvidia’s RTX 40 series graphics cards do not support DisplayPort 2.1, and even the flagship RTX 4090 is still stuck on DisplayPort 1.4a. However, for 8K ultrawide, DisplayPort 1.4a can still support a 135Hz refresh rate, but the standard 8K resolution is locked at 60Hz.
As exciting as 8K sounds, most PC gamers are still using 1080p displays, even though there has been some noticeable growth in 1440p and 4K gaming over the past few years. AMD, however, provided some performance charts on how its RX 7900 XTX performs in 8K, hoping to demonstrate why the age of 8K gaming is finally here.
In 8K ultrawide mode, the RX 7900 XTX is said to be able to hit 190 fps in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 and 148 fps in Death Stranding’s Director’s Cut. Meanwhile, it hits 96fps in standard 8K in Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla and 73fps in Uncharted: Rogue Legacy Collection, all performance tested at max settings, but FSR is turned on in performance mode, hence getting such a high frame rate.
AMD says more details on these displays will be given in 2023.