Last year NVIDIA launched their 10 series graphics cards, based on the company’s new Pascal architecture. Where the GTX 1080 was the best NVIDIA had to offer at that time. But what was interesting to see is that NVIDIA Pascal had support for Microsoft PlayReady 3.0. Something that Netflix uses to stream 4k on Windows PC. Though it was disappointing to see that after its official GTX 10 series graphics card launch. Nothing was discussed about its 4k streaming capabilities. While the recently launched Intel Kaby Lake processors, became a standard for streaming 4k on Netflix.
Well it looks like you can stream using a NVIDIA GTX 10 series graphics card now. Which should eliminate the need for getting a Kaby Lake processor to do so. Here is how it works in order to stream from Netflix in 4k. Users need to have at least a GTX 1050 Ti graphics card with 3GB of RAM. Because unless you have 3GB VRAM, 4k streaming from Netflix won’t be supported. As for the processing part, well when it comes to decoding 4k content. A processor does not have much say in that, because it’s all done on a discrete graphics card.
Aside from the graphics hardware, users would also be needing a monitor or a TV. Which do have support for HDCP 2.2, with at least 25Mbps internet speed. In order to stream 4k content from Netflix smoothly. The latest Windows Creator update and NVIDIA 381.74 drives should also be downloaded, to make everything work properly. It’s not as simply as getting a Kaby Lake processor. But now users don’t need to upgrade to Kaby Lake, in order to enjoy 4k content from Netflix.
Do keep in mind that though you can do it, it’s not a mainstream method. While there are also a lot of compatibility issues with it. One of which is that if you have an SLI setup. Then one of the card must be un-linked before booting up your Windows PC. If you want it all to work properly.