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Cheapest low end GPU for decoding VP9 on Triple Monitor Workstation

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LongLiveRFD wrote: Yes, sometimes it's faster to complete some tasks off my 2013 Ipad Mini 2 and this is getting ridiculous.

The 3770 is still around average. I've done some CLI and it has come to the point that no amount of CPU would ever be "enough". And this old GPU is not enabling me to test out free github codes enabling supporting GPU acceleration. Also for some of the tasks, it might be easier just go OpenCV and go all GPU thus the CPU would no longer be the bottleneck. But you might have a point that GPU is still the more expensive form of computing power, especially during the pandemic.

I rather just cut loose one of my side monitors and go for the P400 e-waste than having to listen to the fan noise or accept more low-level hardware tinkering.
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LongLiveRFD wrote: Can I reuse the dual-channel DDR3 RAM and get mobo and CPU for under $200ish and at least get 3X more CPU score?
No point in upgrading CPU and motherboard if an old part is going to transition into a bottleneck.

You'll need to plan this out, budget-wise.
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LongLiveRFD wrote: Can I reuse the dual-channel DDR3 RAM and get mobo and CPU for under $200ish and at least get 3X more CPU score?
No... to stick with DDR3 you're max going to get a i7 4790k from mainstream used market and that is not 3X the performance of a i7 3770. From Aliexpress you might be able to get a X79 based system? but for $200 and 3X more than a i7 3770 is also unlikely. You may have to temper your expectations/requirements or increase your budget.

Your issue is your GPU.. why not spend good money on that? CPU bruteforce VP9 decoding won't get to you that far anyways. Just get a GTX 1050 or better with hardware VP9 decoding, with the ports you need and get on with it.
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coilz wrote: No... to stick with DDR3 you're max going to get a i7 4790k from mainstream used market and that is not 3X the performance of a i7 3770. From Aliexpress you might be able to get a X79 based system? but for $200 and 3X more than a i7 3770 is also unlikely. You may have to temper your expectations/requirements or increase your budget.

Your issue is your GPU.. why not spend good money on that? CPU bruteforce VP9 decoding won't get to you that far anyways. Just get a GTX 1050 or better with hardware VP9 decoding, with the ports you need and get on with it.
Exactly.

Though on nVidia's site: it seems only the GP107 batch supports VP9 in full 8/10/12 bit, is this of any concern? the OEM does not provide the batch # or codex support.

https://developer.nvidia.com/video-enco ... ort-matrix

From the top 4 heapest cards, which one would you choose? don't get all the Ti and OC stuff. Will the fan(s) on 75W still be low noise? the ports seem to work for my set up.

https://www.newegg.ca/p/pl?d=GTX%C2%A01 ... ds&Order=1
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LongLiveRFD wrote: Exactly.

Though on nVidia's site: it seems only the GP107 batch supports VP9 in full 8/10/12 bit, is this of any concern? the OEM does not provide the batch # or codex support.

https://developer.nvidia.com/video-enco ... ort-matrix

From the top 4 heapest cards, which one would you choose? don't get all the Ti and OC stuff. Will the fan(s) on 75W still be low noise? the ports seem to work for my set up.

https://www.newegg.ca/p/pl?d=GTX%C2%A01 ... ds&Order=1
I wouldn't choose any of the cards you linked. If full 10/12bit VP9 support is important to you then just go with 1650 then . The cheapest 1650 cards are cheaper than the 1050s you listed.

edit: theres even a passive cooler 1650 on newegg for $230.... https://www.newegg.ca/palit-geforce-gtx ... 0099-00047
cheapest is $145+ shipping but " refurb" : https://www.newegg.ca/gigabyte-geforce- ... 6814932300
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coilz wrote: I wouldn't choose any of the cards you linked. If full 10/12bit VP9 support is important to you then just go with 1650 then . The cheapest 1650 cards are cheaper than the 1050s you listed.

edit: theres even a passive cooler 1650 on newegg for $230.... https://www.newegg.ca/palit-geforce-gtx ... 0099-00047
cheapest is $145+ shipping but " refurb" : https://www.newegg.ca/gigabyte-geforce- ... 6814932300
Thanks.

I think 10/12-bit refers to color depth, which is irrelevant to me.

Cheapest (hydro-wise) would still be the lowest end 30W cards i.e. 1030/P400. Can I not just add one to the existing card? Would the decoding happen for all or just the screen connected to the VP9 card?
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LongLiveRFD wrote: Thanks.

I think 10/12-bit refers to color depth, which is irrelevant to me.

Cheapest (hydro-wise) would still be the lowest end 30W cards i.e. 1030/P400. Can I not just add one to the existing card? Would the decoding happen for all or just the screen connected to the VP9 card?

I think you're over thinking this... the power consumption shouldn't really be relevant, 75w vs 30w over a day would be pennies in difference. If power consumption is that big of an issue, you'll have to factor in other in efficiencies in your current build. Get what you need to get the result you want, don't throw other factors to limit yourself or over complicate things if you don't have to.

But if you are considering between 1030 or p400... go P400. at least most of them looks like have triple mini displayport. 1030s have more limited ports.
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coilz wrote: I think you're over thinking this... the power consumption shouldn't really be relevant, 75w vs 30w over a day would be pennies in difference. If power consumption is that big of an issue, you'll have to factor in other in efficiencies in your current build. Get what you need to get the result you want, don't throw other factors to limit yourself or over complicate things if you don't have to.

But if you are considering between 1030 or p400... go P400. at least most of them looks like have triple mini displayport. 1030s have more limited ports.
The GT 1030 should suffice: low profile, fanless (no fan replacement), low power (loaded 24/7), cheap and have 2 ports.

I've seen corporate IT taking USB adapters to hook up more screens. So it should work on the same principle, appointing inside nVidia app the specific GPU for decoding and output shouldn't matter. I just don't know if it will work for sure.

EDIT: actually, ports on the new card should be irrelevant too. All connections should just stay as is on the old card, and all I need is an internal decoder card.

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