Originally Posted by ckronengold
All good questions that I hadn't really considered. Personally, I'm new to the 4k/HDR world (like 3 days), so I'm just starting to discover some of the technical limitations and hurdles that come along with it, like Roku Ultra and Chromecast Ultra not playing TrueHD or DTSX audio.
I've had a HTPC for a decade+, and it just seemed like something I'd have. Since it was time to upgrade from my i5-750, Radeon 5850 rig, I figured I'd go 4k compatible.
I was going to buy the Panasonic 820 disc player, but it is not good at playing files off a network, which is how my set up mostly runs. So that pushed me back to the HTPC road for now.
I just started playing around with MadVR and haven't learned the extent of its capabilities. I've got just enough understanding to be stupid about how I spend my budget, which, thankfully, this forum is great at helping.
In the short term, I ordered an nVidia Shield to solve my network problem while I wait to figure out next steps on a player or HTPC upgrade.
See this link, when using MadVR, the CPU plays very little in its use, all the heavy lifting is don't by the GPU.
Click on the link inside the link too, "Complete MadVR Set Up".
I suppose the most important one in there are the 4 choices for HDR depending on your display, "let MadVR decide" is probably the simplest.
That setting will enable MadVR to automatically detect if your display is HDR compatible or just SDR.
Beyond that, I leave things at their default settings and if I change something, I do one thing at a time and learn what that specific setting does.
Many people change too many things all at once, not understanding what they do and in the end they may get choppy playback, bad HDR, bad colour, on and on.
They've made so many changes, it's impossible to know where one went wrong _ so one at a time.
I'm running a 1080ti and it's working hard, but not maxing it out, I could turn up the settings like chroma upscaling and push it over the edge though.
I'm an NVIDIA guy, so I don't know what the equivalent is to that when it comes to AMD/Radeon.
All of the above is good for playing decrypted 4K discs, when it comes to streaming, ROKU and all the other stuff is OK for your CPU because all that's compressed anyway.
It depends what's important to you.
Here's the NVIDA Shield thread, you have some home work to do.