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Graphics Least expensive AMD card for 4k video play?

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by bennylava, 30 Jun 2021.

  1. bennylava

    bennylava What's a Dremel?

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    Hi all. I'm hoping someone here knows the cheapest AMD card that will play 4K video files. As well as do 4K streaming. I have heard that the one you want for this task is the RX 560 4Gb. Is this true? A 2Gb model wouldn't work?

    An RX 550 doesn't have what it takes?

    Thanks!
     
  2. wolfticket

    wolfticket Downwind from the bloodhounds

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    For 4k video I can't imagine a card like that even breaking sweat. Even cards like the R7 240 2gb are listed as 4k capable via HDMI.
    60hz might be a different matter though if that is a requirement.
     
  3. bennylava

    bennylava What's a Dremel?

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    Yeah sorry I do need it to be capable of 4k @ 60hz. I should've mentioned that.
     
  4. Gareth Halfacree

    Gareth Halfacree WIIGII! Staff Administrator Super Moderator Moderator

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    Are we talking just video playback, here? 'cos an RX 550 definitely won't struggle with 4k60 video playback. Hell, if it's H.265 a Raspberry Pi 4 doesn't struggle with 4k60 video playback.
     
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  5. Anfield

    Anfield Multimodder

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    You'll basically be looking for UVD 6 at a minimum (which was introduced all the way back with the AMD Radeon 3xx series) for good enough (anything older lacks HW acceleration for h.265).

    You'll also need HDMI 2 for 4K60 output.

    So yes, an RX 550 will be good enough.
     
  6. wolfticket

    wolfticket Downwind from the bloodhounds

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    Yep, it does seem like the RX 550 is the cheapest easily available AMD card that includes HDMI 2.

    Albeit, wandering outside of the brief, the GTX 1030 is cheaper and also includes HDMI 2.
     
  7. Anfield

    Anfield Multimodder

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    While the GT 1030 does work for decoding there are issues with encoding as Nvidia disabled NVENC on that particular card, just something to be aware of.
     
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