Is the intel 7700k integrated graphics strong enough for stable 4K playback?

pcslookout

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I don’t really game anymore but if getting a dedicated graphics card would help a lot with stable 4K video playback I will get another one. If I ever game again too.
 

daveybrat

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The specs for the integrated graphics on your 7700K:

Processor Graphics
  • Processor Graphics ‡Intel® HD Graphics 630
  • Graphics Base Frequency350 MHz
  • Graphics Max Dynamic Frequency1.15 GHz
  • Graphics Video Max Memory64 GB
  • 4K SupportYes, at 60Hz
  • Max Resolution (HDMI 1.4)‡4096x2304@24Hz
  • Max Resolution (DP)‡4096x2304@60Hz
  • Max Resolution (eDP - Integrated Flat Panel)‡4096x2304@60Hz
  • DirectX* Support12
  • OpenGL* Support4.5
  • Intel® Quick Sync VideoYes
  • Intel® InTru™ 3D TechnologyYes
  • Intel® Clear Video HD TechnologyYes
  • Intel® Clear Video TechnologyYes
  • # of Displays Supported ‡3
It should be able to easily handle 4K video playback. Now Netflix 4K playback i'm not completely sure of.
 
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pcslookout

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The specs for the integrated graphics on your 7700K:

Processor Graphics
  • Processor Graphics ‡Intel® HD Graphics 630
  • Graphics Base Frequency350 MHz
  • Graphics Max Dynamic Frequency1.15 GHz
  • Graphics Video Max Memory64 GB
  • 4K SupportYes, at 60Hz
  • Max Resolution (HDMI 1.4)‡4096x2304@24Hz
  • Max Resolution (DP)‡4096x2304@60Hz
  • Max Resolution (eDP - Integrated Flat Panel)‡4096x2304@60Hz
  • DirectX* Support12
  • OpenGL* Support4.5
  • Intel® Quick Sync VideoYes
  • Intel® InTru™ 3D TechnologyYes
  • Intel® Clear Video HD TechnologyYes
  • Intel® Clear Video TechnologyYes
  • # of Displays Supported ‡3
It should be able to easily handle 4K video playback. Now Netflix 4K playback i'm not completely sure of.
Thank you!
 

Topweasel

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It should be able to easily handle 4K video playback. Now Netflix 4K playback i'm not completely sure of.
I don't think it will I think you need a 900 series or better for PlayReady 3 support when I was looking it up a couple weeks ago.
 

pcslookout

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So is it better to get a cheap dedicated video card? Like say a GTX 980 or is something else better?
 

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Topweasel

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Still is it better to get a cheap dedicated video card? Like say a GTX 980 or is something else better?
Depends if you are only ever using this as a Stream viewer and not doing anything graphics related outside this then probably not. I would wait till you have something the iGPU can't do and then get a working dGPU then. Would suck to get the 980 now and find out later that neither of them work with something, when you can get by on the igpu now.
 
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I don't believe that the GTX 980 has a hardware decoder for x265 so not a good choice for 4k playback. Nvidia added the x265 decoder block to later GPUs (most 10xx series and I believe GTX 960) - you need to check.
 

bigboxes

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I don't believe that the GTX 980 has a hardware decoder for x265 so not a good choice for 4k playback. Nvidia added the x265 decoder block to later GPUs (most 10xx series and I believe GTX 960) - you need to check.
Correct. Only the GTX 950 and GTX 960 had the x265 hardware decoder. I bought the GTX 950 for my HTPC project in January of 2016. I also have a GTX 970 that doesn't have it. I currently have a 1080 Ti in my main rig that most definitely has the hardware decoder.
 

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