4K video card recommendations?

I have been looking for a card that supports 3840 x 2160 resolutions. I am not a big gamer but do some video editing. The "professional" cards like the Quadro are expensive. I'd like to stay <$300. I like Nvidia software & drivers but it looks like Radeon supports higher resolutions in their less expensive cards. Thanks!:)
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  1. 4k? I envy you. <300 is hard to push that resolution. May i ask, if you can afford a 4k monitor why is your gpu budget 300?
    If you can i would go down to something like 1600p or 1440p and get a better gpu.
  2. 4k and <$300 are oxymorons, I wouldn't dream of it.
  3. Hakumisoso Terror said:
    4k? I envy you. <300 is hard to push that resolution. May i ask, if you can afford a 4k monitor why is your gpu budget 300?
    If you can i would go down to something like 1600p or 1440p and get a better gpu.


    I purchased one of the 50' Seiki 4k panels that have been on sale for ~$1,200. It didn't work that well with my up-scaling dvd player so I want to try it from the computer. I work from home and have many windows open at the same time. The extra screen space would be nice.
  4. My Radeon HD 7850 2GB works beautifully with 4k resolutions. I picked up this card brand new for $150. This is truly a great graphics card for the money.
  5. victorc777 said:
    My Radeon HD 7850 2GB works beautifully with 4k resolutions. I picked up this card brand new for $150. This is truly a great graphics card for the money.


    hehehehehheheheheheheheh
  6. Ted Ga said:
    I have been looking for a card that supports 3840 x 2160 resolutions. I am not a big gamer but do some video editing. The "professional" cards like the Quadro are expensive. I'd like to stay <$300. I like Nvidia software & drivers but it looks like Radeon supports higher resolutions in their less expensive cards. Thanks!:)

    This:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?gclid=CMr-96HpnLsCFWZyQgodiRYAPA&Item=N82E16814130825&nm_mc=KNC-GoogleAdwords&cm_mmc=KNC-GoogleAdwords-_-pla-_-Desktop+Graphics+Cards-_-N82E16814130825&ef_id=UopeFQAABbG2aSCa:20131207000940:s

    Source:
    http://www.pugetsystems.com/labs/articles/4K-Monitor-Requirements-and-Usage-492/
  7. Anonymous said:
    4k and <$300 are oxymorons, I wouldn't dream of it.
    Sears has 4k TV's for less than $500 so spending > $300 on a video card is silly at best. I have the same question: I am looking at a 4K TV with an HDMI 1.4 input for $489. What card will handle this? I am just looking for the screen resolution and real estate to do things like WRITE PROGRAMS, not PLAY STUPID GAMES. What it the MINIMUM card that will handle it - 4K at 30Hz (HDMI 1.4)? The cards above are overkill. I understand that built-in HD Graphics 4500 will handle it. Will HD Graphics 4000 do it?
  8. Raheel Hasan said:
    victorc777 said:
    My Radeon HD 7850 2GB works beautifully with 4k resolutions. I picked up this card brand new for $150. This is truly a great graphics card for the money.


    hehehehehheheheheheheheh


    That was a useless response. I seriously doubt the "graphics card expert" tag line. More like "Graphics Card Snob"...
  9. StevenR01 said:
    Raheel Hasan said:
    victorc777 said:
    My Radeon HD 7850 2GB works beautifully with 4k resolutions. I picked up this card brand new for $150. This is truly a great graphics card for the money.


    hehehehehheheheheheheheh


    That was a useless response. I seriously doubt the "graphics card expert" tag line. More like "Graphics Card Snob"...


    Look at the comment above. Have u ever heard of 7850 and 4K resolution. Even titan which is more than twice as powerful as a 7850 is only getting 33 fps at this resolution. 7850 will hardly get 12 fps at 4K res.
    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/pq321q-4k-gaming,3620-4.html

    For this resolution u need atleast 770sli or 780sli
  10. StevenR01 said:
    Anonymous said:
    4k and <$300 are oxymorons, I wouldn't dream of it.
    Sears has 4k TV's for less than $500 so spending > $300 on a video card is silly at best. I have the same question: I am looking at a 4K TV with an HDMI 1.4 input for $489. What card will handle this? I am just looking for the screen resolution and real estate to do things like WRITE PROGRAMS, not PLAY STUPID GAMES. What it the MINIMUM card that will handle it - 4K at 30Hz (HDMI 1.4)? The cards above are overkill. I understand that built-in HD Graphics 4500 will handle it. Will HD Graphics 4000 do it?



    That 4k tv you bought is going to look a lot worse than a 1080p monitor. TV pixel quality is substantially worse than monitor, and at 50 inches those pixels are blown up even more. You pretty much need to be sitting 8+ feet away to not notice the quality drop, and at that far away you can't even tell you're watching a 4k screen.
  11. MapRef41N93W said:
    StevenR01 said:
    Anonymous said:
    4k and <$300 are oxymorons, I wouldn't dream of it.
    Sears has 4k TV's for less than $500 so spending > $300 on a video card is silly at best. I have the same question: I am looking at a 4K TV with an HDMI 1.4 input for $489. What card will handle this? I am just looking for the screen resolution and real estate to do things like WRITE PROGRAMS, not PLAY STUPID GAMES. What it the MINIMUM card that will handle it - 4K at 30Hz (HDMI 1.4)? The cards above are overkill. I understand that built-in HD Graphics 4500 will handle it. Will HD Graphics 4000 do it?



    That 4k tv you bought is going to look a lot worse than a 1080p monitor. TV pixel quality is substantially worse than monitor, and at 50 inches those pixels are blown up even more. You pretty much need to be sitting 8+ feet away to not notice the quality drop, and at that far away you can't even tell you're watching a 4k screen.


    Umm... no.

    Happily running a Seiki 55" 4k ($850) off a very modest Asus GT 640 ($99) from approximately 3 to 4 ft away.

    Screen real estate is jaw dropping. Color is great. Clarity and definition are outstanding and its bright as hell. 4k pictures are breath taking, 4k video is life changing, and workstation application use (video editing, audio production, etc) is 100000x easier.

    Did I miss something?
  12. Happy4kUser said:
    MapRef41N93W said:
    StevenR01 said:
    Anonymous said:
    4k and <$300 are oxymorons, I wouldn't dream of it.
    Sears has 4k TV's for less than $500 so spending > $300 on a video card is silly at best. I have the same question: I am looking at a 4K TV with an HDMI 1.4 input for $489. What card will handle this? I am just looking for the screen resolution and real estate to do things like WRITE PROGRAMS, not PLAY STUPID GAMES. What it the MINIMUM card that will handle it - 4K at 30Hz (HDMI 1.4)? The cards above are overkill. I understand that built-in HD Graphics 4500 will handle it. Will HD Graphics 4000 do it?



    That 4k tv you bought is going to look a lot worse than a 1080p monitor. TV pixel quality is substantially worse than monitor, and at 50 inches those pixels are blown up even more. You pretty much need to be sitting 8+ feet away to not notice the quality drop, and at that far away you can't even tell you're watching a 4k screen.


    Umm... no.

    Happily running a Seiki 55" 4k ($850) off a very modest Asus GT 640 ($99) from approximately 3 to 4 ft away.

    Screen real estate is jaw dropping. Color is great. Clarity and definition are outstanding and its bright as hell. 4k pictures are breath taking, 4k video is life changing, and workstation application use (video editing, audio production, etc) is 100000x easier.

    Did I miss something?


    You missed the part where there is virtually no 4k video or imagery in existence at this moment and your really looking at 1080p upscaled.
  13. MapRef41N93W said:
    Happy4kUser said:


    Umm... no.

    Happily running a Seiki 55" 4k ($850) off a very modest Asus GT 640 ($99) from approximately 3 to 4 ft away.

    Screen real estate is jaw dropping. Color is great. Clarity and definition are outstanding and its bright as hell. 4k pictures are breath taking, 4k video is life changing, and workstation application use (video editing, audio production, etc) is 100000x easier.

    Did I miss something?


    You missed the part where there is virtually no 4k video or imagery in existence at this moment and your really looking at 1080p upscaled.


    4k is a fair match for around 8 megapixels. Then there are all of the cameras that have even higher res. My camera (nex-7) shoots pics at 6000x4000. I'm also fairly sure that even a novice user will recognize that the desktop is not upscaling when there is a LOT more stuff on the screen, and it's still sharp and legible.
  14. That 4k tv you bought is going to look a lot worse than a 1080p monitor. TV pixel quality is substantially worse than monitor, and at 50 inches those pixels are blown up even more. You pretty much need to be sitting 8+ feet away to not notice the quality drop, and at that far away you can't even tell you're watching a 4k screen.


    You should consider that the pixel size of a 2k/25" monitor should be the same size as a 4k/50" monitor.
  15. gastj3 said:
    MapRef41N93W said:

    That 4k tv you bought is going to look a lot worse than a 1080p monitor. TV pixel quality is substantially worse than monitor, and at 50 inches those pixels are blown up even more. You pretty much need to be sitting 8+ feet away to not notice the quality drop, and at that far away you can't even tell you're watching a 4k screen.


    You should consider that the pixel size of a 2k/25" monitor should be the same size as a 4k/50" monitor.


    Exactly. Why do so many people not get this. A 50" 4K TV makes for an awesome desktop. Way better than multiple smaller monitors. Great for video editing. Great for writing code. Great for just having a lot of windows all visible at once.

    As for content, 1080p is fine, and looks great upscaled to 4K. No need to wait for 4K content.

    For GPU power, the main thing I'm interested in is CUDA acceleration for Adobe Premiere Pro. Currently looking at GTX 660 or GTX 760 cards.
  16. MapRef41N93W said:
    Happy4kUser said:
    MapRef41N93W said:
    StevenR01 said:
    Anonymous said:
    4k and <$300 are oxymorons, I wouldn't dream of it.
    Sears has 4k TV's for less than $500 so spending > $300 on a video card is silly at best. I have the same question: I am looking at a 4K TV with an HDMI 1.4 input for $489. What card will handle this? I am just looking for the screen resolution and real estate to do things like WRITE PROGRAMS, not PLAY STUPID GAMES. What it the MINIMUM card that will handle it - 4K at 30Hz (HDMI 1.4)? The cards above are overkill. I understand that built-in HD Graphics 4500 will handle it. Will HD Graphics 4000 do it?



    That 4k tv you bought is going to look a lot worse than a 1080p monitor. TV pixel quality is substantially worse than monitor, and at 50 inches those pixels are blown up even more. You pretty much need to be sitting 8+ feet away to not notice the quality drop, and at that far away you can't even tell you're watching a 4k screen.


    Umm... no.

    Happily running a Seiki 55" 4k ($850) off a very modest Asus GT 640 ($99) from approximately 3 to 4 ft away.

    Screen real estate is jaw dropping. Color is great. Clarity and definition are outstanding and its bright as hell. 4k pictures are breath taking, 4k video is life changing, and workstation application use (video editing, audio production, etc) is 100000x easier.

    Did I miss something?


    You missed the part where there is virtually no 4k video or imagery in existence at this moment and your really looking at 1080p upscaled.


    Damn and I thought that netflix 4k was 4k. OH wait IT IS. Even youtube (why?) has real 4k content.
  17. Video editting is very much about CPU, but going 4K means you're playing with the wolves, sire, you'd better have some real weapon under your belt.... <500$ maybe a better choice. I recomend the r9 290
  18. Andy Nguyen said:
    Video editting is very much about CPU, but going 4K means you're playing with the wolves, sire, you'd better have some real weapon under your belt.... <500$ maybe a better choice. I recomend the r9 290

    No Modern editors Like FCP X (which is being used more and more like the original FCP. ( And Premier and Vegas are all more and more GPU. FCP X is fully openCL and will use the GPU for everything until it needs more threads or power then go to the CPU. Much of Smoke on Mac is GPU as well but its a mix still. AVID. Well they are going backrupt so..... OK its CPU bound.
  19. The GT630 (approx $80) works just fine with the 4k Seiki monitors. I have clients that do cad work (steel detailing) professionally on that setup and they love it and wont go back to 1080p.

    Don't take advice from people who haven't actually used the technology.
  20. StevenR01 said:
    Anonymous said:
    4k and <$300 are oxymorons, I wouldn't dream of it.
    Sears has 4k TV's for less than $500 so spending > $300 on a video card is silly at best. I have the same question: I am looking at a 4K TV with an HDMI 1.4 input for $489. What card will handle this? I am just looking for the screen resolution and real estate to do things like WRITE PROGRAMS, not PLAY STUPID GAMES. What it the MINIMUM card that will handle it - 4K at 30Hz (HDMI 1.4)? The cards above are overkill. I understand that built-in HD Graphics 4500 will handle it. Will HD Graphics 4000 do it?


    Steven. Don't be fooled by cheap price. There is a real difference between a sears tv and a comp monitor. Also the idea of finding a quality graphix card that does 4k , under 300 is not easy. The keyword is quality. When you actually look at what they will do at 4k you realize it might not be worth it. For Compu Graphix... photoshop, you might be ok. Any 3d video and you are going to overtax the card and the cpu. Don't buy on price. Buy on ability and your need.
  21. RKHosey said:
    The GT630 (approx $80) works just fine with the 4k Seiki monitors. I have clients that do cad work (steel detailing) professionally on that setup and they love it and wont go back to 1080p.

    Don't take advice from people who haven't actually used the technology.


    Ok.... good point but I will ask you to read the forum on the MSI forum. They have a section on what cards support 4k. The card you are using does not. Also looked up the monitor you are using. It defaults to 2k and thus making the video card seem like it is working in 4k but in the end is not. I have tested many configs and have spoken directly to manufacturers. This is the problem with new tech. People don't understand what they are using even though they might have it or have used it. This forum is only helpful if we give people our opinion AND some real facts to look up. I have had these same discussions with friends who "know" computers. The real problem is they have not studied anything about it. So in the end their advice was worth noting but they did not really answer the question.
  22. for 4k gaming I upgraded to 4k res from the usual 1080 p but I had to go with 2 gtx 970s SLI to run it but prefer with 2 gtx 980 TI SLI , to run games like gta 5 I would suggest turning off the aa configs and run it on high or med tomb raider runs wonders in 4k but it can get costly to run all the new games in 4k with all maxed out but for me its color and the details in the settings isn't worth the extra dollars to see the difference you don't get much
  23. my current setup works fine for me for programming & day trading and *** NO GAMING ***
    0) Asus Rampage V (bought from Hong Kong US$ 489.00)
    1) 128GB DDR4 (4 x CORSAIR 16x2 2666 D4 LPX 32GB KIT RAM) (bought from Hong Kong US$ 1,032.00)
    2) Intel i7-5820K (bought from Hong Kong US$ 388.00)
    3) SAMSUNG SSD950 PRO 512GB M.2 SSD (for Windows 10 Pro, my programs & data) (bought from Hong Kong US$ 356.00)
    4) CoolMaster RR-HD92-28PK-R1 CPU cooler HYPERHD92 (bought from Hong Kong US$ 42.00)
    5) CORSAIR AX-1500i 14C 80+PLATIN MODULAR Power Supply (bought from Hong Kong US$ 425.00)
    6) 3 Philips BDM4065UC 40" 4K Monitor (bought from China US$ 523.00 x 3 = US$ 1569.00)
    7) 1 AMD FirePro W4100 (bought from China US$ 130.00 x 1 = US$ 130.00)
    8) MS Windows 10 Pro (bought from Hong Kong US$ 274.00)
    9) total cost US$ 4,705.00

    Please note :
    0) screen resolution is set @3840x2160 and screen refresh rate is set @ 30Hz for all 3 monitors since 30Hz work fine for me.
    1) no computer case! the MB is placed on a glass shelf
    2) no traditionally visible HDD or SSD or DVD attached (the 1st computer in my life that I don't have to have them attched).
    3) I love the Power Supply. The fan only spin when I boot then never spin again because temperature too low for it to work.
    4) I love the CPU cooler too. I can hardly hear any noise.
    5) size of the 526GB M.2 SSD is less than half the size of a DDR4 DIMM. It is a bit bigger than an adult's thumb. It is hardly visible.
    6) Asus Ramdisk works like magic!

    7) I am currently live in Shenzhen, China.
    8) happily day trading & making money every day with the help of my 46 years programming experience.
    9) going out ballroom dancing after market close. Sweating a lot.
    A) staying up late, watching market news & trends on CNBC and writing more programs.
    B) waking up at 9:00 if it is a trading day, rinse my mouth with a cup of coffee, tuning to CNBC news then start trading.
    C) waking up at noon if it not a trading day, brush my teeth and get ready to go out ballroom dancing.
  24. No need for a 1500W PSU, EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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