I have a Mac Mini late 2014 2.6Ghz Intel Iris 1TB 5400rpm HDD 8GB RAM model. So far it has been great, does everything I need, no issues with performance. I use it more as a media center than a pc. It's currently hooked up to a 32" 1080p LED TV through HDMI.
I'm buying a 4K TV in some time, and just curious I decided to download some 2160p videos, they were very choppy, CPU usage went up to 400% with 20+ threads. It just wasn't working right. RAM usage was around 1.5 GB.
I've tried using VLC and IINA. Currently running on High Sierra.
So my question is if I should try upgrading the HDD to an SSD, as some people suggested me to make it faster? Should I be using the Thunderbolt port instead?
Or is it just time to upgrade my Mac, which I don't really want to right now tbh.
Thank you very much for any suggestions you can give me.
Edit - Problem seems to only occur when I'm using HEVC/H265 videos in 4K, not H264.