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My folks got a 4K TV (nothing special, and only 30Hz), would the iGPU be enough for smooth video playback?
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I don't think so, would definitely need or recommend adding a suitable GPU that can handle 4K (for video of course over gaming).  But I would say give it a shot and see how it performs, if not to your standards then you know what needs to be done and if it succeeds you're good


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I don't think so, would definitely need or recommend adding a suitable GPU that can handle 4K (for video of course over gaming).  But I would say give it a shot and see how it performs, if not to your standards then you know what needs to be done and if it succeeds you're good

Thanks for the reply!

Not even for just streaming HTML5 videos from websites? Youtube, Netflix?

I dont think my folks are even streaming any legit 4k content.

But is there a way that I could just overclock the iGPU? maybe overclock the RAM?
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More than adequate for just HTPC. Even an old CPU lying around will be sufficient for that.

You could as indicated look into a quiet GPU though. Delidding will also help keep your CPU cool but there is always the risk of damaging or killing the CPU. Remember you do not need a top end GPU, something mid-ranged will be more than adequate.


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I would look to see if there is a way to buy used components if you are looking to save money and spend more on cooling.
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Why dont u just buy a AMD APU?
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I would add a video card.

In my sig is a G3258 I built for a linux server, but before I put linux on it I sorted out the overclock running Win 8 and it sucked with the integrated graphics. I put a GT 635 in it and it was much, much smoother.
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Originally Posted by Dan-H View Post

I would add a video card.

In my sig is a G3258 I built for a linux server, but before I put linux on it I sorted out the overclock running Win 8 and it sucked with the integrated graphics. I put a GT 635 in it and it was much, much smoother.

Thats the kind of answer that I was looking for! Thanks, I was very skeptical of the iGPU only being clocked at 350MHz
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Why dont u just buy a AMD APU?
Cause I already own a G3258 and I am not looking to buy more stuff.
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More than adequate for just HTPC. Even an old CPU lying around will be sufficient for that.

You could as indicated look into a quiet GPU though. Delidding will also help keep your CPU cool but there is always the risk of damaging or killing the CPU. Remember you do not need a top end GPU, something mid-ranged will be more than adequate.


For an HTPC, more than anything you want quiet components. That means low rpm fans and ideally passive when the temperatures are low enough. There are power supplies and GPUs that offer this feature. Remember that even a low rpm fan will cool about 20-30C cooler at load than a completely passive heatsink. At <500 rpm, it's hard to hear them anyways.

I would look to see if there is a way to buy used components if you are looking to save money and spend more on cooling.

I know that it would be more than fine on the CPU side, but my question was if the iGPU would be able to smoothly do 2D video playback at 4K.
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First things first. The G3258 will not display 4K video via the Integrated Intel HD graphics. Even with the DP connection, max resolution is 2560x1600p.

http://ark.intel.com/products/82723/Intel-Pentium-Processor-G3258-3M-Cache-3_20-GHz

Worse yet, the chip has purposely disabled hardware H.264 decoding assist (Intel Clear Video HD).

It's a decent enough CPU for a HTPC, but you're really going to want to add a discreet GPU to the HTPC if you intend on 4K. I'd stick a low-power solution in there, something like a GTX 750 Ti so you can keep the noise, power consumption, and heat down to a minimum - assuming the HTPC is going to be on 24/7.

If you step up to a i3-4160, you can do what you want without the discreet GPU, but the chip costs 2x the price of the G3258. Still cheaper than adding a GPU.

http://ark.intel.com/products/77488/Intel-Core-i3-4160-Processor-3M-Cache-3_60-GHz

Greg
Edited by hammong - 11/11/15 at 6:17am
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