8.3 Million Reasons to Get a New Desktop

Discover breathtaking 4K visuals and immersive gaming

From photographers and gamers to office warriors and entertainment seekers, today’s desktop users are looking for machines that support and leverage the latest technology to provide the best 4K experience. We’ve seen this digital evolution in UHD televisions in recent years, but the move to bring 4K to desktop PCs is really taking off. Content creators and gamers are enjoying the benefits of new Intel Core processor-powered desktops that reveal all of the incredible detailand stunning realism of 4K Ultra HD in videos, photos, games, and images.

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Get 4X the detail with 4K display1

Content creation has moved from HD to 4K in just a few short years. The combination of 4K Ultra HD display technology and the latest Intel-based desktop PCs revolutionizes the digital world with breathtaking visuals and fully immersive computing experiences. How, you ask? Think of it this way: the latest Intel Core processor-based desktops provide the processing power to put 8.3 million pixels to work—that’s more than 4X the resolution of standard 1080p HD2—something photographers and digital artists are sure to appreciate.

For example, video editing in 4K demands massive amounts of computing, storage, and I/O capability that standard HD can no longer handle. Intel 6th generation Core processors, Thunderbolt 3 and Intel SSDs work together to create a balanced platform that’s optimized for 4K video editing. Not only that, but the true-to-life, vivid display of 4K makes individual pixels virtually disappear on the screen—eliminating the graininess and enhancing the overall quality of the pixels.

“At the end of the day, this means a smoother, more immersive experience that increases productivity and enjoyability,” said Dave Kennedy, Content Creation Segment Manager at Intel’s Client Computing Group. “4K can help video editors see more of their timeline and open more filters and effects to do more nonlinear editing simultaneously on one given display.”

The same benefits are shared across different types of content creators, too. For photographers, the ability to edit and transform images with 4K screens means more palettes and tools can be accessed at one time, whether they’re working in Adobe PhotoShop or Lightroom. The bigger real estate means super-high pixel DSLR images are displayed in high-contrast detail—just as they saw them in person.

“The higher contrast ratios deliver more vivid images,” adds Kennedy. “Coupled with a larger display, photographers can put multiple images up, pile them in layers and get more content without the graininess.”

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Ultra-realistic games and vivid 4K video

Not to be left behind, the PC gaming industry is also pushing the envelope of graphics with 4K. The next generation of blockbuster games is jumping from traditional consoles onto PCs. Following CES 2016, where a plethora of new PC gaming devices were just announced, major game manufacturers and developers are releasing more and more titles that support—or rather demand—4K graphics.

PC gamers with custom rigs want to make sure their systems are 4K compatible and support a desktop-grade graphics card for immersive, open-world titles that would normally span across three traditional display monitors. With expansive 4K technology, gamers can dive into the newest cross-platform titles with ease.

But pushing all those pixels is no easy task. To get the best all-around performance, you need a processor that can support the load. Desktops with 6th gen Intel Core processors can convert 4K videos 20 percent faster than previous generations3 and can back up 4K graphics cards natively.

Desktops are great for 4K

Finally, did you know 4K works great on desktops? While phone screens are small and HDTVs are across the room, a desktop with a 4K display 18 – 36 inches away puts you in the sweet spot to gain the maximum visual benefit of 4K UHD. Plus, its sharper text and graphics also makes it easy on the eyes, so basic tasks like reading, writing, and working are easier and more efficient.

“From a power standpoint, 4K also works great with the latest hardware that can manipulate the new systems, such as Intel desktops that feature 6th gen Intel Core processors with i6700K for boosted performance,” said Kennedy. “For large 4K file transfer, built-in Thunderbolt 3 ports allow transfer speeds up to 40 Gbps and pair perfectly with Intel 750 Series SSDs to deliver excellent processing."

One thing is clear: there’s more to 4K than a screen packed with pixels. The road to enabling display technology will continue to evolve with advancements in wide-color gamut and high dynamic range (HDR), but investing in – and enjoying – 4K today is a good start.

For more information on how you can see the benefits of 4K right now, download the Flash Card1 today.


1. “Percentage benefit of 4K vs. 1080p” calculated as the ratio of additional pixels in a 4K screen visually discernable versus the pixels of a 1080P screen when viewed with perfect (or corrected) human vision at the following distances: Phone – 10", Tablet – 11", Clamshell Laptop – 17", Desktop/AIO – 19", 50" TV – 9 ft, 85" – TV 10 ft. When viewed from distances closer than those used in the calculation the benefit of 4K will increase further.

2. See "Stunning 4K Display Technology for Desktop Computing" White Paper: http://www.intel.com/content/www/us/en/desktops/332206-4k-display-white-paper.html

3. Measured by CyberLink MediaEspresso* 7 (UHD) on Windows* which measures transcoding to reduced file size during Internet transfers or for viewing on a portable device such as a smartphone.

4. For more complete information about performance and benchmark results, visit www.intel.com/benchmarks.