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Old 16th Feb 2018, 01:42 PM   #1
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Hi All,
I know there are some people here who really know their hardware, and like their video, so I'm hoping for some advice...

I got myself a 4k monitor recently in a sale. But didn't think to check the capabilities of my graphics card, with the result that when I tried it, I can only get 30fps. And the screen updates feel sluggish at that...

Now I did some googling on cards for 4k, but everything that came up was aimed at high res gamers, and was therefore VERY expensive. Whereas all I really need is a screen that updates smoothly at 60 fps, in desktop mode, and playing back video.

Anyone got any thoughts? What factors / parameters should I be checking for when examining a cards specification?

Thanks,
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What's your current graphics card?

Right now is a bad time to get a new graphics card, bitcoin miners have bought a lot of them and so they're not in stock in most places and otherwise you have to pay a lot. A GTX 1060 is a great card if you can find one available at MSRP and it'll support 4K output just fine. If you want cheaper you can be fine with something less if you aren't doing gaming/3D software.
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Doing 3d software, but nothing that uses the graphics card.
Not gaming.

Current card is NVIDIA GeForce GTX 750 Ti 2GB

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Hi All,
I know there are some people here who really know their hardware, and like their video, so I'm hoping for some advice...

I got myself a 4k monitor recently in a sale. But didn't think to check the capabilities of my graphics card, with the result that when I tried it, I can only get 30fps. And the screen updates feel sluggish at that...

Now I did some googling on cards for 4k, but everything that came up was aimed at high res gamers, and was therefore VERY expensive. Whereas all I really need is a screen that updates smoothly at 60 fps, in desktop mode, and playing back video.

Anyone got any thoughts? What factors / parameters should I be checking for when examining a cards specification?

Thanks,
Nick
It may be a problem with your monitor, as most of the early 4K monitors were limited to 30Hz. I have a 24" Dell that has three 4K inputs - DP, miniDP and HDMI. The first two run at the full 60Hz, but the HDMI is restricted to 30Hz. I'd check the specifications of your monitor before you start looking at a new graphics card.

If you're not gaming, then something like a 1050Ti will be sufficient to drive a 4K display @ 60Hz. If you're looking at gaming, then a GTX 1070 offers a lot of performance for the money.
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Thanks, that is VERY useful information!
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I was looking at replacing my two GTX 980s with a single GTX 1080Ti for 4K gaming, but they're horrendously expensive... Thanks cryptocurrency miners for ruining it for the rest of us!
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