Win Nvidia GeForce GT 1030 graphics cards - Perfect for low cost budget 4K HTPC
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I did not see any other dedicted threads about Nvidia's new entry-model in its GeForce GTX 10-series of graphics cards, the Nvidia GeForce GT 1030.

https://www.geforce.com/hardware/desktop...ifications

GeForce GT 1030 is what you want if plan on upgrading an old PC into a dedicated and quiet HTPC capable of playing 4K HEVC HDR @ 60fps videos.

GeForce GT 1030 GPU specifications

Reference specification by Nvidia relevant to HTPC (Home Theater PC) usage for Kodi:
  • OS Certification = Windows 7 - 10, Linux, FreeBSD
  • Standard Display Connectors = HDMI 2.0b (including HDR + HLG + WCG & up to 32 audio channels output support), DisplayPort 1.4 2, and/or Single Link-DVI (DVI-D)
  • HDCP (High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection) = 2.2
  • Maximum Digital Resolution = 3840 × 2160 @ 120 Hz or 7680 × 4320 @ 60 Hz
  • VDPAU Feature Set = Feature Set H (8th generation PureVideo HD), meaning HEVC Main 10 (10-bit) and 10-bit VP9 hardware-accelerated decoding up to 7680 × 4320 @ 60fps
  • Hardware decoders = MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4 part 2, MJPEG, VC-1, H.264 (8-bit) HEVC (8-bit & 10-bit), VP9 (8-bit & 10-bit)
  • HDMI Audio = Yes (High Definition Audio)
  • Multi Monitor support = Yes
  • PCIe = 3.0 (PCI Express backwards compatible with PCIe 2.0 & 1.0)
  • Graphics Card Dimensions = Width = 2-slot, 6.68 inches in Length, and 2.72 inches in Height for Low-Profile models or 4.72 inches in in Height for Full Height models
  • Graphics Card Power = 30 W (Watt) TDP
  • Maximum GPU Temperature (in C) = 97 C
  • Minimum Recommended System Power (PSU) = 300 W (Watt)
  • Supplementary Power Connectors = None
  • Standard Memory Config = 2 GB
  • Microsoft DirectX = Yes (DirectX 12)
  • OpenGL = 4.5
  • Vulkan API = Yes
On paper all GeForce GTX 10-series GPUs are capable of playback and output of 8K HEVC HDR and 8K VP9 HDR videos @ 60fps over a DisplayPort.

GeForce GT 1030 also meets Netflix certification for 4K playback as long as your computer runs Windows 10 operating-system with latest patches.


Good to know if that PCI-Express is a backwards compatible format most newer cards will also work in PCI-E 2.0 and even PCI-E 1.0 slots, so you could most likley use them on most older motherboards as long as it has a free PCI-Express x16 slot with enough lanes (uses GeForce GT 1030 only uses x4 PCIe lanes but the card requires a PCI-Express x16 sized slot). These cards should then work fine with almost any PC that have a Intel or AMD CPU that have a have a free PCI-Express x16 slot and meets the minimum hardware requirements for Microsoft Windows 10 for desktop editions (Home, Pro, Enterprise, and Education) as an operating system.


GeForce GT 1030 cards are 4K / 2160p / Ultra HD (UHD) capable and already available in the PCI-E 3.0 format from many different manufacturers.

Do a good search for "GeForce GT 1030 silent" and among other you find these without fans (passively-cooled heatsink only) and "LP" for (Low-Profile model) which are normally intended for HTPC:
  • MSI GeForce GT 1030 2GH LP OC Passive LP with 2GB VRAM has one HDMI 2.0b port and one DisplayPort 1.4 port <= Recommended!
  • MSI GeForce GT 1030 2GH LP OCV1 Passive OCV1 with 2GB VRAM has one HDMI 2.0b port and one DVI port
  • Asus GeForce GT 1030 Silent LP (GT1030-SL-2G-BRK) with 2GB VRAM has one HDMI 2.0b port and one DVI-D port
  • Inno3D GeForce GT 1030 0dB Passive LP with 2GB VRAM has one HDMI 2.0b port and one DVI-D port
  • Gigabyte GT 1030 Silent Low Profile 2G with 2GB VRAM has one HDMI 2.0b port and one DVI-D port
All of the GeForce GT 1030 cards listed above which have passive cooling and are in low-profile format so are practically made for HTPCs.

If you don't know which card you should buy today then I recommend that you just get the "MSI GeForce GT 1030 2GH LP OC" because it also have a DisplayPort port (which is more future-proof and is backwards compatible so can easily be converted to a DVI port with an adapter if needed), and you can find it for less than $70(US). You will most likley end up only use the HDMI port in any case. You can read a detailed review of this specific card on Phoronix here => http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?page=ar...force-1030 which in summery had 1080p video decode benchmarks see an average temperature of 46C and a peak of 55C, with an average power draw of just 34 Watts with a peak of 72 Watts. Others report that any GeForce GT 1030 is capable of 4K HEVC HDR and 4K VP9 HDR videos @ 60fps using the HDMI port, (and using the DisplayPort this card is on paper even capable of 8K HEVC HDR and 8K VP9 HDR videos @ 60fps playback and output).

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Nvidia GeForce GT 1030 graphics cards - Perfect for low cost budget 4K HTPC - by RockerC - 2017-07-27, 11:25


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