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Please recommend a GPU.

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Good Afternoon everyone,

 

I am thinking of upgrading my GPU and I have no idea what card to go with.

I will mainly be using the PC as a HTPC for movies and TV shows etc with some 4K content. I don't game on my PC anymore so that is not needed. I would like a card that can handle any videos I throw at it from 1080p to 4K.

I tend to use Netflix and Plex for all my viewing pleasure if that helps and I currently run from my GPU to Onkyo receiver via HDMI 1.4 highspeed cable.

 

Cheers

 

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nVidia GTX1050 or GTX1050 ti if you can spend more.

Thanks Al-Quds (Arabic for Jerusalem if you didn't already know) ;-p.

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nVidia GTX1050 or GTX1050 ti if you can spend more.

 

Thanks Al-Quds (Arabic for Jerusalem if you didn't already know) ;-p.

I kinda knew that. Lol

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Can definitely recommend an after market 1050 or 1050ti for a HTPC
Low profile solutions like our 1050 2gb low profile card can fit into almost any case, so if you're trying to make the htpc less invasive, that works too!

 

Example: https://www.mwave.com.au/product/gigabyte-geforce-gtx-1050-oc-2gb-low-profile-video-card-ac00252?gclid=CNbsytWexNMCFQkEKgod2XkIKw

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Video stream rendering requirements are generally somewhat lower than gaming, but I have NFI what would be considered as meeting minimum requirements to do H.265 4K video. These days there's specialist sites dealing with HTPC and video playback so it's worth a look around.

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Video stream rendering requirements are generally somewhat lower than gaming, but I have NFI what would be considered as meeting minimum requirements to do H.265 4K video. These days there's specialist sites dealing with HTPC and video playback so it's worth a look around.

 

I don't think there's currently a GPU hardware decoder for H265, so it'll be offloaded to CPU anyway.

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I believe the NVidia gtx980 and newer have h265 hardware acceleration using their special codecs.

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I believe the NVidia gtx980 and newer have h265 hardware acceleration using their special codecs.

 

Oh, ok, I'll look into that!

 

Next question will be does it only support H265, and not X265 (kind of like X264 took a while to be supported after H264 was)

damn closed source.

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I believe the NVidia gtx980 and newer have h265 hardware acceleration using their special codecs.

 

Oh, ok, I'll look into that!

 

Next question will be does it only support H265, and not X265 (kind of like X264 took a while to be supported after H264 was)

damn closed source.

 

 

I don't think it does X265 though

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It shouldn't matter. H.265 is just the specification, the software codec X.265 is an open source implementation of the standard as opposed to the commercial H.265 one which you have to pay for. The video acceleration in the graphics card should handle either one so long as it adheres to the standards supported by the card.

It's sort of like original Divx vs XVid. Divx had the free version but you had to pay for the full-featured package. The alternative was to just use XVid which was free, did much the same thing and each codec could playback stuff rendered using the other.

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That said there are different profiles and features that might or might not be covered by the hardware but from my understanding that's mainly on the encoding side.

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OK so they are same thing ...

 

They're not, but they're close.

 

It'll come down to how strictly the drivers look for H265 vs X265 codec, and how tricky the open source community are in getting it recognised as the same thing.

 

It's like how every DivX player will show a warning about "Corrupted files" before playing Xvid, but then playing it fine.

The compression method is the same, so it'll play, but the codec itself is different (at least in identifier).

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