Is the latest MacBook Pro 13 fast enough to play 4K @ 60 FPS on YouTube?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by simevidas, May 6, 2015.

  1. simevidas macrumors newbie

    May 6, 2015
    On their new TestTube page, YouTube writes:

    Is the latest MacBook Pro 13 able to play such videos smoothly? Please note that running videos on YouTube in a browser is more taxing than running them in a program like VLC.

    If someone has the latest 2015 model connected to a 4K screen via DisplayPort, could you please test one of the 4K @ 60 FPS videos on YouTube (the video playlist is in the link above).
  2. brdeveloper macrumors 68020


    Apr 21, 2010
    Is the YouTube 4K@60Hz really 60Hz or some kind of interlaced streaming? I presume that a consistent 4K@60Hz streaming would need a 50-100Mbps broadband plan, or at least something capable of consistently streaming at 30Mbps.
  3. Anonymous Freak macrumors 603

    Anonymous Freak

    Dec 12, 2002
    It is full 60fps noninterlaced, and a quick test shows it appears to be about 30-50 Mbps. Unfortunately, the machine I'm testing on is too slow to show it at full framerate. (My work PC, slower than the latest MBP.)

    Note that the latest YouTube player should use about the same CPU as an offline player. They don't use Flash any more.
  4. dagamer34 macrumors 65816


    May 1, 2007
    Houston, TX
    On a 4Ghz Retina iMac connected to an external 4K monitor with the video full screen on a 120 Mbps internet connection, it takes 70% CPU but plays smoothly without stuttering. There is no hardware acceleration of VP9 yet.

    Translation: no portable Mac can handle it.

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