New 4k friendly gpu upgrade recommdation for my Htpc?

Discussion in 'Home Theater PCs & Equipment' started by amd7674, Aug 9, 2018 at 12:23 AM.

  1. amd7674

    amd7674 [H]ard|Gawd

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    So finally after years of wanting one I pulled the trigger to upgrade my optoma hd25e 1080p pj to JVC rs420 (4k faux) with 4k 60p (4:4:4) 18Gbps hdmi/hdcp support. I should be getting it next week.

    Problem is my current Htpc setup is 1080p (hdmi 1.4 support only) driven. However I would like to try 4k since my new 4k faux pj can do it.

    My current setup is:

    -Marantz 7.1 1080p avr (1.4 hdmi)
    -htpc 4520g (Skylake) using igpu hd530 and it's 1.4 hdmi out, 8gb ram, win10

    For now since I don't have money to upgrade my avr I will go back to spdif. By doing it I will lose 7.1 audio :-(. I could try as someone suggested to try to use dp to hdmi adapter to get 7.1 audio, however 2nd dp/hdmi I need to be hooked up to my TV in the same room. I'm running clone display.

    Would gt1030 2gb ddr5 be enough for decoding any 4k 60hz (4:4:4) content? Including decoding 4k plex server (my main rig)?

    I know I will be missing out on netfix 4k or possibly more streaming 4k services. Or should I suck it up and buy gtx1050 with 4gb or rx560 to be more future proof?

    Thanks in advance.
     
  2. Zepher

    Zepher [H]ipster Replacement

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    I keep hearing people say the Nvidia Shield is the best choice.

    I have an Apple TV 4K with Plex and have had no success playing back 4k HEVC content on it.
    Plex App on my Gaming machine with 1080ti and 4790k stutters playing from my Plex server. Plays fine with MPC-HC over the network.
     
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    I need dual hdmi output to drive my 1080p TV and 1080p/4k projector. Also nvidia shield AFAIK doesn't have spdif out nor dual hdmi (video+audio) outputs. This would force me to buy new avr. There are still "some" benefits from running Htpc.
     
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    amd7674 [H]ard|Gawd

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    Thanks. . But with my current igpu hd520 and hdmi 1.4 output. I'm limited to 4k@30...

    I think I need new gpu... I don't care much about Netflix 4k.. I'm leaning toward buying the cheapest gt1030 ddr5 card. I'm not planning on upgrading my 1.4 avr. This I think should be enough to enjoy jvc 4k-ish with its e-shift...

    Too bad I missed out on gt1030 Evg b-stock :-(
     
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    Just look around on the internet, if you are wanting to rip/download uhd discs, they don't work with plex because it tries to transcode. Just read them off a file share.

    Isn't a shield almost the same price as a new GPU.. you'll be much happier with one.
     
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    Problem is my avr is not 4k compatible (only supports hdmi 1.4). Cheap Gt1030 should be able to decode any 4k 60hz I throw at it (except Netflix 4k). Also shield doesn't have spdif/toslink out which I would need for my old avr.