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I built a unRAID server using a AMD CPU (ryzen 5) and i'm using Plex some of my TVs are only 1080p as some of my movies are 4k plex tries to transcode them down to 1080 and my CPU can't do it.

 

I was looking on suggestions on a GPU that gets along with unraid, i am the only one that uses it so it would not have to do multiple streams.

 

I would like a brand new GPU for around $150-200. I looked at nvidia quadro but i don't think you can buy them new. I use a full tower and have loads of space.

 

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For hardware transcoding, Plex in UnRAID will only work with a nVidia card.  Pick one you like with sufficient features.  For a Quadro, best to hit the used market like eBay.

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21 hours ago, Mike644 said:

I built a unRAID server using a AMD CPU (ryzen 5) and i'm using Plex some of my TVs are only 1080p as some of my movies are 4k plex tries to transcode them down to 1080 and my CPU can't do it.

 

I was looking on suggestions on a GPU that gets along with unraid, i am the only one that uses it so it would not have to do multiple streams.

 

I would like a brand new GPU for around $150-200. I looked at nvidia quadro but i don't think you can buy them new. I use a full tower and have loads of space.

 

Thanks

The first three rules of 4k is don’t transcode 4k…

 

The recommendation is to have a 1080p library in addition to the 4k library. I suppose these days as GPU’s do get faster this is potentially being less of a hard and fast rule. But… it’s certainly still an option. 

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  • 2 weeks later...

For essential transcoding, a GTX1050/1650 GPU (or above) may be needed. BTW, if the intended goal was to transcode via GPU, processors from Blue Team would have been preferred...😇

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On 10/3/2022 at 3:30 PM, LIGISTX said:

The first three rules of 4k is don’t transcode 4k…

 

The recommendation is to have a 1080p library in addition to the 4k library. I suppose these days as GPU’s do get faster this is potentially being less of a hard and fast rule. But… it’s certainly still an option. 

Agree. I've got a 4k OLED TV and nvidia shield for playback, and it's awesome, I don't have any problems playing back almost anything. For the other TVs and mobiles etc in the house I just have a 720p/1080p version with 2 channel sound. Depends on who you have in the house of course, but I don't bother recoding/acquiring a different version of my whole library as that would be prohibitively expensive. If that is your case where you actually NEED the whole library available, then yes transcoding would probably be the more cost effective solution.

 

I usually only get 4k versions of stuff that I absolutely love, as it's unlikely I will get more enjoyment out of watching something that's just meh! in 4k. I do get HDR/10/5.1 dolby/vision/dts/thx versions for pretty much everything though. 2.1 channel just sounds really flat to me, plus the voices can be really low and can't hear what people are saying quite often... which drives me mad! 

 

At the moment I use my main pc with an 11400f/16GB 3600/512GB NVME/GTX1060 with a 6TB and 8TB USB 3.1 external drives for storage, and 2x NAS/servers for other storage. I use jellyfin server for serving media around the house, which can make use of the GPU for transcoding if needed, but it generally doesn't need to and direct plays almost everything. 

This means I can have my PC on most of the day for my usage even if people are serving media, it doesn't have any noticeable effect on my usage of the PC as I don't game on it anyway. The only things I bought for the desktop was the 11400f (£100), mobo (150-ish), as I had everything else from previous builds anyway... the NAS/servers are only turned on for backup purposes or in the even of a failure (not happened yet).

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On 10/3/2022 at 10:30 AM, LIGISTX said:

The first three rules of 4k is don’t transcode 4k…

 

The recommendation is to have a 1080p library in addition to the 4k library. I suppose these days as GPU’s do get faster this is potentially being less of a hard and fast rule. But… it’s certainly still an option. 

This!   It can definitely be done but the better solution is to have a 1080p version and a 4k version. If you only have 1 maybe two users hitting it at once you can do it with a fairly inexpensive card. Im running a k2200 quadro and it can handle it without any issues but it normally is just one 4k stream at a time. I still try and keep two versions though, this way the 1080p file can be a higher quality since sometimes transcoding won't provide the best audio/video when trying to do it on the fly.

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