Jump to content
Search In
  • More options...
Find results that contain...
Find results in...

Plug & play graphics card? (HDMI upscaler)

Just saw an ad for this product

 

First of all they claim that it's essentially a plug in graphics card which makes no sense if you know what a graphics card is. I did a little digging and found out that it's essentially an HDMI post processing thing. It claims to upscale, and add antialiasing which kind of makes sense, but most modern TV's do this anyways so your milage may vary depending on what hardware you are actually running in the first place. But then get this; it also claims to add depth of field effects. Correct me if I'm wrong, but being someone who has spent a good deal of time messing with reshade, I know that you need access to the depth buffer within the graphics api to actually get anything close to good depth of field. So I'm really curious if anyone knows more about how the apparent DOF works on this thing or if that claim is totally offbase. 

Edited by cuddles7864
Fixed link
Link to comment
Share on other sites

Link to post
Share on other sites

I'm not totally sure how this works or what exactly it does, but it seems like a rip off. They're marketing it as a "GPU upgrade" like upgrading your PC's GPU, but that's not the case. It looks like a little HDMI device which upscales resolutions (upscaled 4k isn't the same as native 4k...), and maybe adds a few effects. I would've liked to see the price, but overall it kind of seems like they're marketing to be something that it's not.

Gaming Build:

CPU: Ryzen 7 3800x   |  GPU: Asus ROG STRIX 2080 SUPER Advanced (2115Mhz Core | 9251Mhz Memory) |  Motherboard: Asus X570 TUF GAMING-PLUS  |  RAM: G.Skill Ripjaws DDR4 3600MHz 16GB  |  PSU: Corsair RM850x  |  Storage: 1TB ADATA XPG SX8200 Pro, 250GB Samsung 840 Evo, 500GB Samsung 840 Evo  |  Cooler: Corsair H115i Pro XT  |  Case: Lian Li PC-O11

 

Peripherals:

Monitor: LG 34GK950F  |  Sound: Sennheiser HD 598  |  Mic: Blue Yeti  |  Keyboard: Corsair K95 RGB Platinum  |  Mouse: Logitech G502

 

Laptop:

Asus ROG Zephryus G15

Ryzen 7 4800HS, GTX1660Ti, 16GB DDR4 3200Mhz, 512GB nVME, 144hz

 

NAS:

QNAP TS-451

6TB Ironwolf Pro

 

 

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Link to post
Share on other sites

It can tune the colors as well I suppose

CPU: i7-2600K 4751MHz 1.44V (software) --> 1.47V at the back of the socket Motherboard: Asrock Z77 Extreme4 (BCLK: 103.3MHz) CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D15 RAM: Adata XPG 2x8GB DDR3 (XMP: 2133MHz 10-11-11-30 CR2, custom: 2203MHz 10-11-10-26 CR1 tRFC:230 tREFI:14000) GPU: Asus GTX 1070 Dual (Super Jetstream vbios, +70(2025-2088MHz)/+400(8.8Gbps)) SSD: Samsung 840 Pro 256GB (main boot drive), Transcend SSD370 128GB PSU: Seasonic X-660 80+ Gold Case: Antec P110 Silent, 5 intakes 1 exhaust Monitor: AOC G2460PF 1080p 144Hz (150Hz max w/ DP, 121Hz max w/ HDMI) TN panel Keyboard: Logitech G610 Orion (Cherry MX Blue) with SteelSeries Apex M260 keycaps Mouse: BenQ Zowie FK1

 

Model: HP Omen 17 17-an110ca CPU: i7-8750H (0.125V core & cache, 50mV SA undervolt) GPU: GTX 1060 6GB Mobile (+80/+450, 1650MHz~1750MHz 0.78V~0.85V) RAM: 8+8GB DDR4-2400 18-17-17-39 2T Storage: 1TB HP EX920 PCIe x4 M.2 SSD + 1TB Seagate 7200RPM 2.5" HDD (ST1000LM049-2GH172), 128GB Toshiba PCIe x2 M.2 SSD (KBG30ZMV128G) gone cooking externally Monitor: 1080p 126Hz IPS G-sync

 

Desktop benching:

Cinebench R15 Single thread:168 Multi-thread: 833 

SuperPi (v1.5 from Techpowerup, PI value output) 16K: 0.100s 1M: 8.255s 32M: 7m 45.93s

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Link to post
Share on other sites

10 minutes ago, Statik said:

I'm not totally sure how this works or what exactly it does, but it seems like a rip off. They're marketing it as a "GPU upgrade" like upgrading your PC's GPU, but that's not the case. It looks like a little HDMI device which upscales resolutions (upscaled 4k isn't the same as native 4k...), and maybe adds a few effects. I would've liked to see the price, but overall it kind of seems like they're marketing to be something that it's not.

Yeah you're totally right. Obviously their claims don't make any sense. I don't doubt that it can upscale, although it will probably be negligible if you even have a 1080p signal. The upscaling and antialiasing claims make a little bit of sense because I've already seen similar products that do that, but the thing that really got me was the depth of field since I know that's essentially impossible without access to the depth buffer. 

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Link to post
Share on other sites

Just now, cuddles7864 said:

Yeah you're totally right. Obviously their claims don't make any sense. I don't doubt that it can upscale, although it will probably be negligible if you even have a 1080p signal. The upscaling and antialiasing claims make a little bit of sense because I've already seen similar products that do that, but the thing that really got me was the depth of field since I know that's essentially impossible without access to the depth buffer. 

Yeah I'm not too sure about the depth of field, as that's not really my ballpark, but it appears it's just another gimmic of sorts whos main audience is people who don't have a full understanding of how their hardware works.

Gaming Build:

CPU: Ryzen 7 3800x   |  GPU: Asus ROG STRIX 2080 SUPER Advanced (2115Mhz Core | 9251Mhz Memory) |  Motherboard: Asus X570 TUF GAMING-PLUS  |  RAM: G.Skill Ripjaws DDR4 3600MHz 16GB  |  PSU: Corsair RM850x  |  Storage: 1TB ADATA XPG SX8200 Pro, 250GB Samsung 840 Evo, 500GB Samsung 840 Evo  |  Cooler: Corsair H115i Pro XT  |  Case: Lian Li PC-O11

 

Peripherals:

Monitor: LG 34GK950F  |  Sound: Sennheiser HD 598  |  Mic: Blue Yeti  |  Keyboard: Corsair K95 RGB Platinum  |  Mouse: Logitech G502

 

Laptop:

Asus ROG Zephryus G15

Ryzen 7 4800HS, GTX1660Ti, 16GB DDR4 3200Mhz, 512GB nVME, 144hz

 

NAS:

QNAP TS-451

6TB Ironwolf Pro

 

 

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Link to post
Share on other sites

"Graphics card" probably isn't the best way to refer to this, but it is a graphics processor of some sort. It basically does a post-processing form of anti-aliasing (think something like FXAA). It can serve as a decent enough upscaler, if needed, but if you're buying this just to upscale, say, an older console, might as well buy a Retrotink2x or an OSSC.

You also could add a depth-of-field effect with something like this, but that being said, I don't really think many people have tested it, nor would it probably work all that well.

Check out my guide on how to scan cover art here!

Local asshole and 6th generation console enthusiast.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now
 Share


×