Entry-level Mini work flawlessly with 4K monitor?

EightyTwenty

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Have read a few complaints about 4K videos stuttering on YouTube with dropped frames, etc.

My main reason for buying a Mini would be to move into the 4K world (which I see as the biggest leap in computing since the SSD).

Anyone have direct experience running a 4K monitor from this sumbitch?
 

Fishrrman

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Get 16gb of RAM instead of 8.
For 16gb, it's easier just to order it pre-installed (the cost difference between that and doing-it-yourself isn't that great).
 

avxkim

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Get 16gb of RAM instead of 8.
For 16gb, it's easier just to order it pre-installed (the cost difference between that and doing-it-yourself isn't that great).
Agree, but anyway in ~4 years you'll have to disassemble it for thermal paste reapply. Mini is not that hard to take apart, to be honest, if compare it to a macbook pro 13"...
 
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What's the point of running 4K movies in 2K?

I'm running 4k monitor scaled 2x (1080p), running youtube / twitch without any stuttering.
[doublepost=1552328748][/doublepost]Mini will handle multiple 4K movies without a hitch. This since h265 and h264 both have hardware support. If streamed 4K stutters it is probably network related.

Have read a few complaints about 4K videos stuttering on YouTube with dropped frames, etc.

My main reason for buying a Mini would be to move into the 4K world (which I see as the biggest leap in computing since the SSD).

Anyone have direct experience running a 4K monitor from this sumbitch?
 
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EightyTwenty

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What's the point of running 4K movies in 2K?
He’s using OS scaling. Videos play in 4K.
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Mini will handle multiple 4K movies without a hitch. This since h265 and h264 both have hardware support. If streamed 4K stutters it is probably network related.
Thanks.

Funny that some people are telling me to get 16GB RAM while others are telling me the entry-level is fine.

This should be a simple yes or no question:

Do you have the entry-level mini? Y/N?

Does it drop frames when playing 4K YouTube? Y/N?
 
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In the middle of several books.
He’s using OS scaling. Videos play in 4K.
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Thanks.

Funny that some people are telling me to get 16GB RAM while others are telling me the entry-level is fine.

This should be a simple yes or no question:

Do you have the entry-level mini? Y/N?

Does it drop frames when playing 4K YouTube? Y/N?
It isn't always a simple yes or no answer. A lot of it depends on one's usage. And even that can have unforeseen variables.

If you want to try and make sure you don't hove any problems, spend the extra money and get the factory 16GB.
 
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Have read a few complaints about 4K videos stuttering on YouTube with dropped frames, etc.

Anyone have direct experience running a 4K monitor from this sumbitch?
So much of this is about your network connection and whether you’re using Ethernet or WiFi.

I’m in New York, not known for having the world’s fastest internet. I generally use WiFi. I’ve only used YouTube’s free service. When 4K Youtube was still available, I got stuttering on a 5K iMac that has a solid state drive and 32GB of RAM, and on a solid state MacBook that has 16GB of RAM.
 
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dimme

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would a egpu help with playback. Does a egpu work work with every application like a gpu in a desktop/
 

EightyTwenty

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It isn't always a simple yes or no answer. A lot of it depends on one's usage. And even that can have unforeseen variables.
What does this mean?

The entry-level Mini either drops frames while playing 4K YouTube videos or it doesn’t. It’s a yes or no question.
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So much of this is about your network connection and whether you’re using Ethernet or WiFi.

I’m in New York, not known for having the world’s fastest internet. I generally use WiFi. I’ve only used YouTube’s free service. When 4K Youtube was still available, I got stuttering on a 5K iMac that has a solid state drive and 32GB of RAM, and on a solid state MacBook that has 16GB of RAM.
Sounds like you are describing buffering. Dropped frames and stuttering are more hardware issues.
 

LoopsOfFury

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I didn’t notice any problems testing 4K YouTube videos with the base level Mac Mini on my 4K TV last Sunday, but haven’t really used it since then.