Three 4K displays, 1.5bn pixels per second, $15,000 worth of gear and resolution of 11,520 x 2,160

VIDEO: Microsoft creates ultimate PC gaming rig, ‘pushes 12K boundary’

Microsoft has explored the possibility of playing PC games in 11,520 x 2,160 resolution using three 4K ultra-HD monitors.

A post on the Windows Blog details the process of using Windows 8 to play Dirt 3 on three Sharp PN-K321 4K Ultra HD displays, with some 1.5 billion pixels per second. In total some $15,000 of gear was used to play in 11,520 x 2,160 resolution – or 24,883,200 pixels overall.

Microsoft used an ASUS HD 7970 DirectCU II card to connect the monitors, which is equipped with four full-size DisplayPort outputs.

"Settling on medium to high overall settings I was able to hold an average frame rate of about 35fps," said blogger Gavin Gear. "Because I was not dropping frames with this setup the overall gameplay experience was awesome, and the sheer quantity of pixels was truly like nothing I’ve experienced before."

The blog also details how Microsoft managed to support a 60Hz refresh rate across the three monitors.

With all settings on ‘High’ except shadow detail and particles, the monitors were able to maintain around 62 to 67 frames per second on average, peaking at over 70 frames per second.

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