Retina MacBook Pro Can Transmit 4K Videos at 60fps With Windows 8.1 and Latest Nvidia Driver

Hardware experts from France recently showed that it is possible to drive the 4K-capable Sharp PN-K321 display with Retina MacBook Pro laptop. This can be achieved with the Thunderbolt 2 connection and the video could run at 60fps.

It’s worth noting that this isn’t possible with the OS X, instead experts need to use Windows 8.1 and install the latest Nvidia drivers. Perhaps, the rMBP video and Thunderbolt 2 drivers that Apple would roll out in the future could allow this capability to be performed on OS X.

While 30fps is adequate for movies; it could give poor experience for gaming and when scrolling complex webpages. In contrast, users need 60fps capability to achieve smoother experience when sending what’s on the MacBook on the larger 4K display. The current Thunderbolt 2 technology is powerful enough to achieve this capability, but it appears that outdated video drivers are the real problem.

At 30fps, 4K video requires a stable 8Gbps of data connection, which is supported by the original Thunderbolt channel with its 10Gbps connection. However, Thunderbolt 2 is a requirement for streaming 4K videos at 60fps. It uses the MST (Multi-Stream Transport) technology that sends a couple of 1920 x 2160 data streams with alternate rows of pixels that can be combined to create a complete video.

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