How does the new MacBook do when streaming HD or 4K videos?

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by saintforlife, May 19, 2015.

  1. saintforlife macrumors 65816

    Feb 25, 2011
    Anybody try to stream 4K or HD YouTube or Netflix videos for an extended amount of time? How does the new MacBook handle it? Does it get hot? Do you see any stuttering or dropped frames as the load increases on the CPU/GPU?
  2. endac macrumors newbie

    Apr 18, 2015
    I haven't had any issues. I usually watch stuff in bed before I go to sleep and never noticed it getting too warm. Not having a fan to worry about is an utter delight too.
  3. dss10 macrumors member


    Jul 25, 2012
    FWIW, I tried out a 1.1 rMB by running full screen 4K videos at Beast Buy and there was a considerable amount of lag. I did not play with the resolution and the lag could be due to crappie WiFi or servers but i didn't have the time for a ping or trouble shooting. I'm thinking about getting a 1.3 BTO and am still undecided....
  4. mkelly macrumors regular

    Nov 29, 2007
    I was at an Apple Store this evening and happened to try streaming a 4K YouTube video on a base model MacBook. Playback was smooth. I checked activity monitor and the CPU usage occasionally spiked to 25%, but was typically around 15-20%.
  5. Kiwi 99 macrumors regular

    Kiwi 99

    Apr 4, 2011
    I just watched 3 4k vids from you tube. (Go Pro Life is an adventure, twice, and then Slo Mo guys injecting ink into water).
    Looks superb on the rMB screen (on any resolution), CPU about 20%, absolutely no stutter or lag. (I suspect Best Buy might not have set theirs up very well)
    At other times I've had several locally stored HD video playing simultaneously, and also 60fps footage from my iPhone 6.
    It all runs flawlessly and the CPU has no troubles.
  6. JLoverGill macrumors member

    May 13, 2015
    San Diego, California ##
    It probably was a wifi issue. I have 120 Mbps & 4k streaming for me was flawless. Looks crazy good
  7. MyopicPaideia macrumors 68000


    Mar 19, 2011
    Trollhättan, Sweden
    Exactly. My iPad mini 3 is capable of straming 4k video flawlessly as well. It is the least powerful of Apple's retina display devices. MB is world's ahead of it in every way. Any stuttering or perceived lag on the MB will be due exclusively to an internet connection problem.

    Seems like people were really burned by the crap Atom processors of the Netbook era, that were so bad they had trouble with 720p video, and Microsoft had to develop special gimped versions of Windows to ship with them. Its a different world today.

    I would venture to say there is nothing Apple sells today with a retina screen that can't flawlessly, and with very little CPU/GPU stress, play/stream Full HD to Full 4k video easily.
  8. Hieveryone macrumors 68040

    Apr 11, 2014
    I have heard the 1.3 is REALLY good.

    There's a youtube video that shows gaming on it, and it is very very smooth.

    If i bought one I'd get the 1.3 b/c the performance is very respectable.
  9. theSeb macrumors 604


    Aug 10, 2010
    Poole, England
    Lag due to the network connection is always going to be there on a poor connection, no matter the computer. I am sure this topic is about UI lag.
  10. bcaslis macrumors 68020

    Mar 11, 2008
    I got a 1.3 yesterday. It's nice. But anyone who says the 1.3 is much faster is delusional. It benchmarks very slightly faster. But it's not going to make a huge difference.
  11. sasha.danielle macrumors regular

    Mar 15, 2015
    I'm not sure if we're thinking about the same video, but there was one game video that subduing pointed out was faked, that the game was actually being run on a different machine and streamed (or whatever the right word is -- I'm not a gamer) onto this one.

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