Tuesday, July 4th 2017

NVIDIA GeForce 384 Series Driver Removes Need for New CPUs for 4K Netflix

NVIDIA's GeForce 384 series drivers seem to have quite a few secrets, beginning with DirectX 12 API support on 5-plus year old GeForce "Fermi" GPUs, and now 4K Ultra HD support for Netflix UWP app without the need of new-generation CPUs (namely Intel "Kaby Lake," AMD "Summit Ridge," and AMD "Bristol Ridge."). The new-generation CPUs feature a host of hardware-level DRM features which the Netflix app needs to playback 4K Ultra HD content. The new GeForce 384 series drivers let you circumvent that requirement.

Reddit user aethervisor discovered that the Windows Store (UWP platform) app of Netflix could play back content at full 4K Ultra HD resolution on their machine with an older CPU and GeForce GTX 1080 graphics. New-generation CPUs had become a requirement for this to happen, besides the latest Windows 10 version, an HDCP 2.2-compliant 4K display (and no active secondary displays that don't satisfy HDCP 2.2), a powerful enough GPU, and either the UWP app or the Netflix website on Microsoft's Edge web-browser. NVIDIA struck down a big requirement that opens up Netflix 4K to a much wider user-base.
Source: Reddit
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10 Comments on NVIDIA GeForce 384 Series Driver Removes Need for New CPUs for 4K Netflix

#4
bug
Great. In the meantime, over here two out of three LotR movies are offered in "glorious" stereo.
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eidairaman1
The Exiled Airman
They must of received alot of flack for them to remove that limitation
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#6
bug
eidairaman1 said:
They must of rwceived alot of flack for them to remove that limitation
Airman says flak, I see what you did there :D

But no, I suspect it's more for bragging rights: get one of our video cards and you don't have to replace the CPU as well to get 4k. Plus, if it's possible, why not? AMD will probably do the same shortly (if they didn't already).
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#7
TheGuruStud
Cute, I can playback netflix 4k on any hardware I like lol.
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#8
Vayra86
In all honesty the fact that being able to play 4K on way overpowered hardware is actually news, is shockingly disappointing.
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#9
Gasaraki
Vayra86 said:
In all honesty the fact that being able to play 4K on way overpowered hardware is actually news, is shockingly disappointing.
This is related to DRM, not capability.
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jabbadap
VSG said:
This seems like it is not limited to GTX 10 series cards though since there is no specific mention otherwise. Am I mistaken? Either way, this is a non-Windows Insider program version that doesn't require hoops to be jumped through.
By that reddit link it seems to be pascal only still. I'm not quite sure does maxwell support that required microsoft drm called playready 3.0(sl3000), which pascal's do. And I'm not sure can nvidia do something about that.

erocker said:
I'm not sure if the "Windows Insider Driver" ever came to fruition.
Well maybe this is the fruition then. But yeah it's really is news by that it's open to everyone with right hardware(pascal gpu+hdcp2.2 compliant 4k monitor) and software(win10+edge/that app).
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