Do I need GPU to watch 4k movies

tombraiderfanatic

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I have an MSI mobo that supports 4k @ 24fps via HDMI. I have 16Gb RAM and an i5 4690K. I do not have a graphics card as I have so far not needed it.
However I have now bought a 4k monitor and tried playing some 4k moves with WMP and Media Player Classic and the CPU goes up to 98% and the playback is not smooth.

Is this a software issue or is the hardware not up to it without a GPU?
 

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