Doom Eternal at 8K sends a $2,500 graphics card to hell – but it’s still a blast to play


Doom Eternal is the latest instalment in the iconic first person shooter game series, and now that it’s launched, we couldn’t wait to try it out in 8K on our specially-built gaming rig, which features the most powerful consumer graphics card in the world: the Nvidia RTX Titan.

We’d already found that even though Doom Eternal looks fantastic, it manages to run extremely well on a wide range of graphics cards at 4K, but running at 7,680 × 4,320 8K resolution is a whole other level of pain for even the most powerful of gaming PCs.

8K gaming: not ready for prime time, but getting there

So, Doom Eternal’s 8K performance is a mixed bag. On the one hand, the fact it’s getting over 30FPS (frame rates many people consider the absolute minimum for a playable game) at 8K is impressive.

We tried Gears 5 and Red Dead Redemption 2 at 8K resolutions, and both of those  games struggled to run at anything approaching a playable frame rate at 8K, despite the powerful (and very expensive) hardware they were running on.

This is testament to the devs over at iD Software, and the Vulkan API, Doom Eternal uses. This makes the game a brilliant PC port, with performance that easily beats the PS4 Pro and Xbox One X, even on cheaper gaming PCs.

And, while 8K gaming at 60FPS seems a while away yet (unless you’re playing old games like Halo: Combat Evolved, which we got running at a rock-solid 8K@60FPS), Doom Eternal proves that playable 8K gaming is possible right now for modern games – as long as you have the budget.

However, if you want to play Doom Eternal at 4K and 60FPS, which we think offers the best experience, check out our picks of the best hardware below:


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