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    Upgrade from 660gt

    Folks,
    I think I know the answer to this, but I'd appreciate your input.
    Current rig: Ryzen 5 3600 @ 3.6ghz
    Asrock B450M Pro4-F

    Video card is a Palit GTX 660

    Running three monitors, each at 1920 x 1080.

    It's an old card, obviously. I'm looking at upgrading, mainly because the GTX660 does not allow UEFI boot, so Windows 11 (as I understand it) is not an option.

    I don't really game on the PC any more: Dawn Of War 1 & 2, Left 4 Dead 2, Unreal 3, halflife 2... I'm a bit old like that Got a PS5 now.

    What I DO do is a bit of video editing: home and community activity videos in 1080p, editing (Shotcut, MKVcutter, Handbrake, whatever works, really), recoding to x264 or x265. Other than that, it's mainly spreadsheets and office use these days.

    About the only upgrades that I think I can afford at the moment would be to the GTX 1650s which ebuyer seems to have at a "reasonable" price:
    https://www.ebuyer.com/881982-gigaby...gv-n1650oc-4gd

    So, my question for you: do you think it's worth it? Would it have an impact on video encoding/ editing? Or should I just plod on until the prices come down (if ever) and I can get an RTX (raytraced minecraft does sound appealing...)

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    Re: Upgrade from 660gt

    Is it just the UEFI that you want/need? (everything else being just a bonus) Don't even the 7xx series support that if you needed a 'cheap' upgrade?

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    Re: Upgrade from 660gt

    That rules out the RX6500XT because of its lack of a full media decoder/encoder.

    Although overpriced by at least £50 this is the best you can do under £200:
    https://www.ebuyer.com/973084-zotac-...zt-t16520f-10l

    The GTX1650 you linked to is the slower GDDR5 version. However,the GTX1650 GDDR6 does not have the full Turing media engine either:
    https://www.techpowerup.com/254861/n...timedia-engine

    Ideally you would wait for a newer generation,but unless you really game a lot a £200+ dGPU is going to be a waste of money.

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    Re: Upgrade from 660gt

    Thanks both,
    I think I'll wait a few months, see how things lie then. Apprecaite the pointers.
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