E6440 i7-4810MQ vs i5-4310M 4K playback

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  1. pitz

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    So finally got myself a latest-spec E-Port dock, and a 27" Dell U2718Q 4K LCD to replace one of my dual 24" Dell U2410 (1920x1200) LCDs.

    Works great. Except the i5-4310M, although it plays back 4K video very well off of YouTube, doesn't have enough "oomph" to do anything else on the computer and basically burns nearly 100% of the CPU during playback.

    Could I reasonably expect upgrading to an i7-4810MQ to give me a bit more headroom?

    Also, anyone verifiably have a dual 4K setup going with a Latitude E7470?
     
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    Use h.264ify(available for both Chrome and Firefox) so youtube sends you mp4 video that your iGPU can decode on hardware instead of burning the laptop up doing VP9 decode on the CPU(software).

    Regarding the CPU, it will be more or less twice the performance, given that you gain 2 more cores, 3MB more cache, and max clock is 3.8Ghz on the i7 vs 3.4Ghz on the i5.
    Its a worhtwhile upgrade, clean your heatsink fins, use a decent thermal paste, them use TS and undervolt it a bit and bump the multipliers, because Haswell CPU's all have 2 free bins.
     
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    Yeah I ended up upgrading from Edge to Edge Chromium (hopefully its not too full of Google spyware), and installed h264ify. The problem is, when I actually dug into what Youtube can offer up, most of the 4K video content is VP9-only. However, the video rendering engine seems to be a bit more efficient under Edge Chromium compared to original Edge, so the experience is a bit better.

    So I guess I'll have to look at doing the CPU upgrade. As I'm really not happy with the docking solutions available in the newer laptops that have VP9 hardware off-load.

    Don't know what thermal limits/throttling I'll run into though. Will performance really scale up that much?
     
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