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New Firefox 4 Beta Has Direct2D GPU Acceleration

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 40 comments

Put those graphics cores to good use!

If you were waiting for the version of Firefox that takes advantage of your new ATI or Nvidia GPU. If you've got Windows 7, you'll want to check out the latest Firefox 4 beta.

While the previous release supported Direct2D features in a secret setting, this latest beta release, available for download here, has it enabled by default.

New Firefox 4 Beta Has GPU Acceleration

This new Firefox 4 beta also introduces a new audio API to expose the raw audio data housed within the <video> and <audio> elements in HTML5 so that developers can read and write raw audio data within the browser.

New Firefox 4 Beta Has HTML5 Audio

Read more about the latest beta here.

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    unknown_13 , September 9, 2010 10:25 AM
    WOW this 5-th beta is great i downloaded and it's faster than chrome 6! Can't wait for the final release!:D 
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    joytech22 , September 9, 2010 10:25 AM
    Soo.. where are the sites we can test this? the ones in the pictures above.
  • 14 Hide
    unknown_13 , September 9, 2010 10:25 AM
    WOW this 5-th beta is great i downloaded and it's faster than chrome 6! Can't wait for the final release!:D 
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    nguyentruc85 , September 9, 2010 10:32 AM
    How about game online integrated within new version?
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    Anonymous , September 9, 2010 10:37 AM
    Porn online, it will revise porn industry!
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    doped , September 9, 2010 10:53 AM
    if this new api does integrate seamlessly with the linux kernel or the nv and ati drivers, then we can finally let that horrible flash go to hell! that is, if they can get their act together and chose a viable open video and sound codec.
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    Anonymous , September 9, 2010 10:53 AM
    Can we use this advance in description many problems
    of physic, math...and education
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    Anonymous , September 9, 2010 11:06 AM
    Sweet, Crysis, coming to a browser near you!!!
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    xyzionz , September 9, 2010 11:09 AM
    The HTML5 audio really reminds me a lot about Winamp AVS, I wish is more or less the same coding with those, hehe so I can make some cool visual out of it
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    Stifle , September 9, 2010 11:52 AM
    Looks like this is the end of the desktop, Dang.
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    nebun , September 9, 2010 11:59 AM
    apache_liveswhat next, physx?


    why not? if i have the gpu power then why not :) 
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    nebun , September 9, 2010 12:01 PM
    stifleLooks like this is the end of the desktop, Dang.


    buddy, desktops are here and will be here for many more centuries...just so you know. there is a very big demand for them since businesses use them all over the world
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    Humans think , September 9, 2010 12:06 PM
    Why NOT OpenGL, now they have to implement it almost from scratch for Mac and linux vesions...
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    theuerkorn , September 9, 2010 12:45 PM
    Humans thinkWhy NOT OpenGL, now they have to implement it almost from scratch for Mac and linux vesions...

    I think one of the issues with Windows is that you a can't have both DX9 and OpenGL active with the same program and would have to turn off the AERO interface when using OpenGL. At least all my CAD programs do so for that reason.
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    willgart , September 9, 2010 1:18 PM
    Humans thinkWhy NOT OpenGL, now they have to implement it almost from scratch for Mac and linux vesions...

    I'm not sure if the OpenGL API has 2D rendering acceleration.
    I think OpenGL is for 3D rendering only like Direct3D.
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    kelemvor4 , September 9, 2010 1:19 PM
    Didn't work well for me. Adblock+ said it was running, but I had ads everywhere. Browser ended up crashing after about 5 minutes. Guess that's why they call it a beta.
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    Bolbi , September 9, 2010 1:44 PM
    kelemvor4Didn't work well for me. Adblock+ said it was running, but I had ads everywhere. Browser ended up crashing after about 5 minutes. Guess that's why they call it a beta.

    Really? I haven't had a crash yet in 4.0b5, and my Adblock+ is working normally. (getting rid of the flash ads on Tom's... :) )
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    Bolbi , September 9, 2010 1:46 PM
    Quote:
    While the previous release supported Direct2D features in a secret setting, this latest beta release, available for download here, has it enabled by default.

    It wasn't a "secret setting"; I've have D2D acceleration on since 4.0b2. The only thing 4.0b5 does with D2D acceleration is fix some bugs and turn it on by default.
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    drakefyre , September 9, 2010 1:48 PM
    I'm loving the Minefield Beta6-pre version. Tab Candy/Panorama is great too! It crashes every once in a while but hey, it's not the final product.
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    geossj5 , September 9, 2010 1:52 PM
    nebunwhy not? if i have the gpu power then why not


    no.. the question is WHY
    WHY would some1 need physics acceleration on a browser
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