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Can NUC6i5SYK using DisplayPort support 4K HDR @ 60hz with OpenELEC/Kodi?

Dear community,

I know similar questions have been asked but they are not exactly specific to what I'm asking. I am waiting for a Sony XBR65X900E TV so I'll be switching to 4K. I currently have an old Zotac Xbox running OpenELEC and Kodi through 1080p HDMI to my receiver. I am planning on installing OpenELEC on my NUC and using an Mini DisplayPort adapter-to-HDMI 2.0 to plug in my 4K receiver, then the receiver will send the 4K signal to the TV.

Before I do all that, I was wondering if the NUC6i5SYK on Linux will truly be able to run 2160p feed with HDR (8 bit) at 60hz? It's not very clear from all the different sources I'm reading. If it can't do HDR at 60hz then I guess I'll try to look for alternative. Also, since it can only do software decoding, will be CPU be running at maximum capacity for ultra high bit rate MKVs? I've got MKVs of about 15GB per hour in 2160p definition. Will the NUC be easily able to handle such decoding?

My NUC has 8GB RAM and SSD .M2 drive.

Thanks in advance for your help!

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Community Manager

Hello WillyBaldy,

Thank you for joining the Intel® NUC Community.

In this case I would like to let you know that Intel does not test and validate Intel® NUC on Linux, from our end there is no specific documentation if this configuration will work. We do know that a lot of NUC owners are using it successfully on many different Linux distros, and what we suggest in this case is to check your Linux distro's website and forums at OpenELEC Mediacenter - OpenELEC Forum - Category Index for peer assistance with this issue. They should be able to advise what specific kernel or driver for this operating system you need.


Amy C.


Hi WillyBaldy,

I have a NUC7i5BNH running OpenSUSE, with a 4k TV as a monitor

via HDMI cable straight from NUC to TV (not DisplayPort to HDMI).

It sync'd at 3840x2160 at 30Hz straight out of the box, even in

the BIOS. With some xrandr magic I can run at 2160p at 60Hz.

However, playing 4k video is very choppy (maybe 4 frames per second?)

with the cpu maxxed out. Intel claims even the i3 runs 4k@60 fine on

Windows 10, but the Linux drivers can't take advantage of the graphics

hardware. (yet?) Sigh.

Maybe this data point will be useful.