Reply 1860 of 1954, by Ozzuneoj
TrashPanda wrote on 2023-04-14, 01:33:Ozzuneoj wrote on 2023-04-14, 01:21:TrashPanda wrote on 2023-04-14, 00:47:
That 1080ti will handle pretty much everything you want to do on the HTPC aside from AV1, once you get your 7900XTX swap them over.
The one big thing that everything pre RTX 3000 series is lacking is HDMI 2.1 support, so if you want to run at 4k @ 120Hz with Full RGB or 4:4:4 chroma, you'd need at least an RTX 3050. Anything older will be limited to formats that can create visual artifacts, especially on text and fine details.
This is the main reason my HTPC has a 3050... well, that and it was actually available under MSRP in early 2022, which was pretty much unheard of at the time.
120Hz 4k is still rather new TV wise, but this would be a good reason if you own such a TV.
For sure you won't have proper Full RGB 120Hz 4K support on most TVs still, but it is getting to be more common each year and some are surprisingly affordable (if you are the type that considers a TV a long term investment anyway).
After having the same 40" Vizio M series from ~2013 for about 9 years we got an excellent deal on an LG C1 55" (new) last spring, right when the C2 was released. We decided it would be our "anniversary present" to each other (I love my wife). It has been a fantastic TV and still blows me away when we watch something on it. 120Hz 4K OLED is just a sight to behold, and a PC with the right video card is the only thing I will probably ever own that will take full advantage of it. I definitely would not blame someone for putting an unbalanced video card in an HTPC just to run one of these TVs. I honestly don't see how a TV could look appreciably better than this in the future without some massive leap in technology.
I'm hoping to keep mine for many many years and never ever having to complain about image quality\clarity\backlights\black levels etc. It has been probably 6-9 months since I've adjusted any settings on it because it just looks right. The old Vizio had a decent picture but the backlight was was quite uneven along the sides, and in dark scenes (especially in games) there was really terrible color smudging unless the brightness was turned up to the point that the sides were washed out. And yet it still looked overall better than most other LCDs I saw.
Anyway... yeah. If I gamed more on my HTPC I would probably put my best video card in that system, regardless of the CPU it had. Totally worth it.
BTW... this seems like the appropriate place to put this... a small Life Pro Tip: Put furniture sliders under the legs on your couch. If you want to watch a movie and get the full theater experience, just slide it closer. It takes like 5 seconds and probably saved us $1200 versus buying some huge TV just so we could sit farther away.
Now for some blitting from the back buffer.