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Intel G4560 vs Nvidia Shield Pro as Plex Server

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Intel G4560 vs Nvidia Shield Pro as Plex Server

Right now I am using an Intel G4560 with 4GB ram as my Plex server, NAS as file storage. wondering if I change it to a Nvidia Shield Pro as Plex server is a downgrade? I mainly play Plex on my TV and sometimes with one or two PC but very rare. TIA
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If you are direct playing all your files, it really doesn't matter what you use as a server, even a raspberry pi is fine. If you are transcoding, Nvidia shield is a massive downgrade. G4560 is a Kaby Lake processor. I use an 8350k for my Plex server (Same gen QuickSync as your G4560), and can do 15-20 * 1080p transcodes simultaneously, or 5 * 4k transcodes. Nvidia shield is like... 2-3 1080p max, 4k transcode I'm not even sure it can do 1.
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DonkeyDoo wrote: If you are direct playing all your files, it really doesn't matter what you use as a server, even a raspberry pi is fine. If you are transcoding, Nvidia shield is a massive downgrade. G4560 is a Kaby Lake processor. I use an 8350k for my Plex server (Same gen QuickSync as your G4560), and can do 15-20 * 1080p transcodes simultaneously, or 5 * 4k transcodes. Nvidia shield is like... 2-3 1080p max, 4k transcode I'm not even sure it can do 1.
Most of my files are direct play except some audio, my Chromecast with google TV will crash if Plex is trying to play any video with either DTS or AAC 5.1 sound track. The solution right now is to set the plex app passthrough settings to Optical and AC3 only. The G4560 Plex server will then transcode DTS or AAC 5.1 to AC3, I am just wondering if using Nvidia Shield Pro as the server will solve this problem.
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A couple of years ago nothing could understand AAC 5.1. If it is converted it may be converted to stereo only. I wanted to use it but learned that E-AC3 was the way to go. Maybe things have changed.
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Thanks to all who replied, returned the Nvidia Shield Pro, as I don't think my plex server converting DTS to AC3 has a lot of impact to sound quality. Thanks again.

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