I’ve been struggling with finding information regarding what’s needed to stream Netflix movies in 4K. My HTPC used to have an Nvidia Geforce GT 1030 card and it was NOT possible to play 4K movies due to video ram being less than the required 3GB. Otherwise the card had it all – HDMI 2.0 port, HDCP 2.2 support, and hardware HVEC decode capability.
I was pleasantly surprised that an Intel Core i3-8100 CPU with built-in UHD 630 iGPU can do Netflix 4k without a hitch.
Only caveat is that you will be limited to 30Hz refresh rate (due to HDMI 1.4 limitation) and HDR is not possible. Since HDR/SDR handling in Windows 10 is not all that great (yet), I will wait and use the iGPU for now.
For reference, I have
- ASRock B360M Pro4 motherboard
- Intel Core i3-8100
- HEVC Video Extensions from Device Manufacturer from Micrsoft’s store
- Latest Intel ME drivers from ASRock
- In the BIOS, make sure “Software Guard Extensions” and “Intel(R) Platform Trust Technology” are Enabled
Also, with this setup I was able to go the furthest so far with Ultra HD Blu-ray Advisor from PowerDVD. I only have one thing missing which is HDR, otherwise all other requirements have been met!