Powering A 165Hz Refresh Rate

Source: Kitguru Powering A 165Hz Refresh Rate

Sure The Gigabyte Aorus FI27Q Can Hit 165Hz But What About Your Rig?

The purchase of a high refresh rate monitor, adaptive or not, is only the first step to enjoying high refresh rates at 1440p as you will still need a machine capable of driving it.  To that end Kitguru built four systems, making use of a Ryzen 5 3600XT and Ryzen 9 3950X from AMD as well as Intel’s Core i5-10600K and their Core i9-10900K.  They also overclocked every single processor to more closely emulate an enthusiasts build.

These systems are paired with an RTX 2060 Super, an RTX 2070 Super, the RTX 2080 Ti Aorus Xtreme as well as the mythical RTX 3080 Eagle OC; as this review was sponsored by NVIDIA in part.  In a few short weeks we can hope for an update which includes new Navi cards from AMD, which you might even be able to buy after launch.

In the majority of cases, the performance clusters around the GPU with he Intel powered systems edging out the AMD systems in those groups.   The performance delta between CPUs are still there at 1440p but nowhere near the difference you see when they test at 1080p.  There are also a minority of games in which AMD falls behind Intel, regardless of the GPU it is paired with the AMD systems simply can’t meet or beat Intel.

The differences are not huge in most cases but they would be noticeable and so there are some interesting things to learn from this review … at least for the next week and a bit.  After that we will have new AMD processors and GPUs, so KitGuru may have to go through all this again.

Gigabyte reached out to see if we wanted to work with their impressive Aorus FI27Q 1440p 165Hz gaming monitor. We are under absolutely no illusions that this level of monitor is tough to drive from a hardware perspective, so we decided that it would be good to understand the go-to CPU and GPU options for high refresh rate gaming.

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