I just tried my (work-in-progress) work computer on my HDMI 2.0 TV over the weekend. Somewhat different than what I want to build for the TV room, but notable. I tested the OS and GPU I'd intend to use.
It's running Xubuntu 16.04 w/ the following HW:
- MSI X99 motherboard
- Xeon 2603 v3 (6 non-multithreaded cores at a blistering 1.6GHz -> stopgap until I get a Haswell-E/Broadwell-E cpu)
- GeForce GTX 950 (open source drivers)
- 32 GB DDR4 @ 2400
- 75 mbit internet speed
- Xfce doesn't appear to have a HiDPI mode. Would possibly have to investigate a different flavor of Ubuntu.
- internet speed didn't seem to be the limiting factor
- Youtube VP9 - didn't appear to be HW accelerated. Worked fine at 1440p and below. Stuttered at 4k. With the closed source drivers, that may be different? It seemed to use multithreading well, though.
- Netflix - worked fine. 4k is not available through the browser.
- Xfinity - worked fine, surprisingly. I guess a recent Chrome revision fixed up the issues on Linux. Previously I'd not been able to watch from Linux.
- Performance-wise on Linux, it looks like a GTX 950 + a decent i3/i5 of Haswell or better should get me the performance I want. It might need less if the proprietary drivers are used.
Last edited by scardeal; 05-31-2016 at 11:03 AM.