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Best GPU for Plex Transcoding

Plex is the Most Popular & Flexible Family Streaming Tool

Plex GPU
Plex is the most flexible family streaming option

Plex’s hardware acceleration could be a great enhancement to user experience, you can chose whatever you favored media content to play back as well as an appropriate option for parent control, a HD movie, a long series of anime episodes, Meanwhile, the Plex will do transcode your media files on server side to the playable format for your client player (convert to H.264 & AAC to fit the requirement, plus 30fps & 1080p to makes sure its capable & playable on your device). A powerful GPU, like NVIDIA’s GPU can help Plex transcoding, too. (The Plex nvida transcoding)

  • Multiple video could able to be streamed in the same time on different devices
  • Unparalleled steaming efficiency and speed
  • Support 4K HEVC streaming for better graphic performance
  • Less impact/ occupy of your system resources

Which GPU is Better?

The Ranking of the Best GPU for Plex Transcoding

  • No.1 NVIDIA RTX 3080
  • No.2 NVIDIA RTX 2080S
  • No.3 AMD Readeon VII
  • No.4 NVIDIA RTX 2060S
  • No.5 NVIDIA GTX 1080
  • No.6 AMD RX 5600

Generally speaking, the NVIDIA’s Graphic card take the advantage of its first mover advantage in video encoder/decoder domain. With their long-term dedication to computer graphic, specifically the video quality enhancement, undoubtable the NVIDIA GPU series would be the best option.

Plex GPU
The Best Discrete Graphic Card for 2020

The NVENC (hardware-based decoder) provides fully-accelerated & hardware-based video decoding for almost all popular codecs. With implement the decoding offloaded to NVDEC the graphics engine and alleviate the burden of CPU. NVDEC supports much faster than real-time decoding which makes it suitable to be used for transcoding applications, in addition to video playback applications like Plex. According to the NVIDIA official acclaim, the new card will released on 9/14/ 2020, the RTX 3080 will be the first lunching of its series.

PLEX GPU
The process of Plex transcoding workthrough

AMD has their own hardware acceleration that support Plex too, the AMD VCE (wiki herf) technology is also capable to help the Plex for its transcoding tasks. Theoretically hence both NVIDIA and AMD graphic card are able to help transcoding, but comparatively, NVIDIA performs a better efficiency than AMD’s hardware transcode support. Hence that we would like to offer the NVIDIA GPU as the best choice of promoting hardware acceleration for Plex.

For NAS Users

Due to the crummy performance of ordinary NAS systems (compare to personal computer), from Plex official support and their list of Plex NAS Compatibility, the general performance of NAS hardware acceleration support isn’t ideal as well.

Manufacturer

Model

SD 480p / 576p

HD 720p

HD 1080p

4K SDR 2160p

Asustor AS-3102T v2

Yes

Some

No

No

Netgear RN202

Yes

Yes

Some

No

Netgear RN4220x

Yes

Yes

Yes

Some

QNAP TS-251

Yes

Yes

Some

No

Synology DS1019+

Yes

Yes

Some

No

In general, most of NAS devices are incompetence to accomplish the hardware acceleration. Only limited option with higher graded hardware specification could able to play the media with hardware acceleration. For customer who doesn’t want to switch to new NAS system, it could be extremely difficult to adapt the hardware acceleration to their NAS and to take a good use of their Plex hardware acceleration.

A Software Solution

We don’t want spend 500 dollars to upgrade the graphic card, neither another hundreds to replace the NAS system. And do not forget: to enable Plex hardware acceleration, you will need to spend another 119.99 dollars purchasing a premium pass.

Best GPU for Plex

All we need is to have the WinX Video Converter Deluxe as your assistance, The WinX Video Converter Deluxe is able to transfer all media files to the best Plex client playable format, with its batching process function plus the hardware acceleration supported, you no longer need transcode your media files on Plex server side, it cost less system resource and offer a smoother streaming experience.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

author-Jack Watt

Jack Watt

Jack Watt is a sought-after editor at Digiarty. He is responsible for digital and multimedia world, delivering definitive video and audio related software reviews, enlightening guides, and incisive analysis. As a fan of Apple, Jack Watt also brings his experience to more readers and focuses on writing of the Apple ecosystem at large.

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