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May 27th, 2024 01:59

Dell 3620 video card upgrade

I have the following workstation 

Dell Precision 3620 / T3620 Entry Level Music Production Workstation PC, Intel i7-6700 up to 4.0GHz 32GB DDR4 RAM, 512GB SSD + 2TB HDD, Intel HD Graphics 530, HDMI, USB 3.0, Windows 10 Pro

The power supply is a 365W 

I'd like to upgrade to a modern video card since I'm currently running integrated

Ideally, im looking at any video card which will give me better performance , allow me to run 4k video display without buffering (currently happening now on my machine / when I project to my 4k screen) (it doesn't buffer if I minimize the window for it to show smaller), and without having to upgrade my power supply. 

What video cards can give me this?

I'm looking at the nvidia quadro m4000 but online reviews are all over the place saying I need to upgrade this, i dont, I need this connector, another power supply etc.

Please advise.

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May 27th, 2024 03:51

Yes, the Quadro M4000 will work.  It's one of the tested and validated graphics card for your system.  If you want more advance feature for applications requirements, upgrade it to a Pascal card, Quadro P4000.

The power supply should already have 6-pin graphics connector to support power of either cards.

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May 27th, 2024 03:52

If you are not gaming, RX550 and GT1030 would be the cheapest modern cards that support 4k 60hz.  they do not require psu upgrade.  Try to get those card with GDDR5.  4GB VRAM would be better than 2GB.

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May 28th, 2024 04:56

The 105w P4000 can be ran without a PSU upgrade.  The 120w M4000 would need at least 400w PSU.

Also a good card to consider is the 53w RX 6400.  New models are 53w.

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May 29th, 2024 00:15

I think what Chino's point is with linking the spec sheet is that the M4000 is listed on the spec sheet.  But remember Chino also mentioned that the P4000 is better.

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May 29th, 2024 00:59

The spec sheet meant to provide overall hardware information and may help to clear out the confusion OP got from online reviews.  With a 365w power supply, the 3620 can support up to 150w graphics card.

Understanding the specs will help with the main question of which graphics cards can support smooth 4K video playback without the need for power supply upgrade.  OP selection of Quadro M4000 should be suffice for current needs.  

With the system potentials, users sometimes tend to push for further upgrade.  Hence the suggestion that might be taking into consideration to upgrade now.  The Quadro P4000 is the best in its class.  I borrow one of the online review site that listed the P4000 as the top 10 in 2024 review.

The NVIDIA Quadro P4000 is based on the Pascal GPU architecture and performs well in 3D applications. 

The high-end, professional-grade GPU is the fastest single slot card of its generation, and uses DisplayPort outputs to create and support an expansive visual workspace of up to four 5K high-resolution monitors. This makes it ideal for professional applications requiring moderate performance across multiple monitors.

Quadro GPUs are generally good compared to their GeForce counterparts, owing to the extra VRAM. The Quadro P4000’s supports DirectX 12 and OpenGL, so you can use it for video editing and running other graphics-intensive applications like 3D modeling in CAD.

Also, confirming to OP that the 365w already has a 6-pin power connector to support either cards.  There is no need for power supply upgrade.

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May 29th, 2024 02:40

What does OP want to do with 4k monitor? Just streaming 4k or content creation?  I have the P4000 which can drive 4 high res monitors but not sure what OP wants to do.  If single monitor 4k may not need a high end gpu.

OP is using integrated gpu of i7-6700 now which seems inadequate for 4k video play back without shrinking video frame size

Re: im looking at any video card which will give me better performance , allow me to run 4k video display without buffering (currently happening now on my machine / when I project to my 4k screen)

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May 30th, 2024 03:54

@Chino de Oro​ thanks much Chino! 

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May 30th, 2024 03:55

@redxps630​ thanks for the info. I checked the specs for each and sadly.. the web has too much info; complex feedback, some saying it's ok, others like Amazon and eBay descriptions noting a 400 PSU is needed. Sigh 

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May 30th, 2024 03:56

@bradthetechnut​ thanks Brad. I will give these a look

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May 30th, 2024 03:56

@Chino de Oro​ yup first thing I did was downloaded this when I got my machine.  Thanks 

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May 30th, 2024 03:59

@Chino de Oro​ hey Chino so I know some things but not all so I'm willing to learn. There is a 6 pin, brown wire coming from the power supply. Hopefully you can see it in this picture I took sometime back. Is that it?

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May 30th, 2024 04:01

@redxps630​ yes I want to be able to stream/view 4k content without minimizing the window size since, I have to so this to avoid <profanity removed> viewing experiences.

And also to confirm, I use this machine for music production and video so i need something that boasts some power to avoid latency/ lags etc.

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May 30th, 2024 04:13

@Rio Mayne​ 

Yes, the 6-pin connector is for a GPU card.

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May 30th, 2024 04:19

That is correct.  The 6-pin connector with brown and black wirings is for graphics card.  It will provide 75w of power in combine with 75w of slot power from PCIe x16, enough power to support 150w graphics card.

Your selection of Quadro M4000 is a good choice.  Only if you will run applications for moderate video editing, you can consider P4000.  They are both technically support in your system without any power upgrade requirement.  While there is RTX upgrade availability, it's not economically feasible upgrade.

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