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Adobe Flash 10.2b Makes Better Use of Your GPU

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 32 comments

Put that graphical muscle to good use!

The current version of Adobe Flash at 10.1 offloads some of the internet video rendering to the GPU, but not all of it. Flash 10.1 offloaded H.264 decoding to hardware, and now in the next iteration at 10.2, now in beta, Adobe is moving the entire video rendering pipeline to the GPU.

This means that the video hardware will take care of video decode as well as color conversion, scaling, and blitting. With this sort of load put on the GPU, this means that CPU utilization for even 1080p video will be almost nothing.

This is thanks to a new API called Stage Video, which is already being used in Google TV for playback of HD Flash videos.

Stage Video works across different browsers and platforms and will work with all existing video and SWF files.

The current beta is available for Windows, Mac and Linux. Windows users get the bonus of Internet Explorer 9 hardware acceleration support.

Of course, we don't recommend anyone other than developers and the most adventurous of users to install this until it's out of beta.

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    zybch , December 5, 2010 10:14 PM
    This'll make flash on apple products even worse as they mostly lack the graphics power to do anything.
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    rbarone69 , December 5, 2010 10:17 PM
    "Of course, we don't recommend anyone other than developers and the most adventurous of users to install this until it's out of beta."

    Really? Are we talking of damage that cant be undone? I mean I'm not having my wife install it because she doesnt know how to uninstall the random BS apps she installs and I hate having to deal with her constant talking... And she really doesnt care about CPU usage or even know what a CPU is let alone how to see how much it uses. I give her shiny buttons and she clicks on them, end of story.

    So anyone caring about CPU usage (I'd think most of tomshardware community) could manage uninstalling the app if it caused problems...
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    thartist , December 5, 2010 10:26 PM
    Then, i'm adventurous.
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    LATTEH , December 5, 2010 9:56 PM
    SWEET!!
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    zybch , December 5, 2010 10:14 PM
    This'll make flash on apple products even worse as they mostly lack the graphics power to do anything.
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    rbarone69 , December 5, 2010 10:17 PM
    "Of course, we don't recommend anyone other than developers and the most adventurous of users to install this until it's out of beta."

    Really? Are we talking of damage that cant be undone? I mean I'm not having my wife install it because she doesnt know how to uninstall the random BS apps she installs and I hate having to deal with her constant talking... And she really doesnt care about CPU usage or even know what a CPU is let alone how to see how much it uses. I give her shiny buttons and she clicks on them, end of story.

    So anyone caring about CPU usage (I'd think most of tomshardware community) could manage uninstalling the app if it caused problems...
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    joytech22 , December 5, 2010 10:21 PM
    And here i was thinking flash 10.1 already did this!

    I didn't actually notice much CPU usage anyway, but this should definitely help with any future HTPC's i build, just chuck in a cheap CPU and a 8400GS or something (Well i have one lying around anyway) and there you go, a system with Full HD playback for internet content!
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    thartist , December 5, 2010 10:26 PM
    Then, i'm adventurous.
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    Villers , December 5, 2010 10:53 PM
    Lol! @ rbarone69, sounds just like me & my wife haha.
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    robd007 , December 5, 2010 10:57 PM
    lol yea i kinda already thought it did this too, but if they can make us think they did it without actually doin it yet they gotta be doin something right... :D 
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    jrharbort , December 5, 2010 11:51 PM
    Great, but will it fix the random freezes and BSoDs that 10.1 gave me CONSTANTLY? I'm still using 10.0.45.2 since it's still the only stable release for me.
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    keplenk , December 6, 2010 12:11 AM
    Does this include the Broadcom Crystal minipcie cards?
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    mister g , December 6, 2010 12:16 AM
    keplenkDoes this include the Broadcom Crystal minipcie cards?

    Probably not, unless Broadcam releases an update for all products; which isn't likely to happen since only OEMs use the chips in laptops and they don't like to do anything for you after you bought the laptop. (Unless you bought their warrenty plans, then they try even less)
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    Bolbi , December 6, 2010 1:13 AM
    I found this Flash beta release back on Friday when manually checking for an update to the Adobe "Square" preview release I was already running. Glad to see Flash progressing with further hardware acceleration; I'm all for competition between Flash and HTML5!
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    dEAne , December 6, 2010 1:36 AM
    I hope this works - I will try it.
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    gosefroba , December 6, 2010 2:29 AM
    Well just gave it a try. I was around 25 percent cpu usage before the update and after i was averaging 29 percent cpu while watching a 1080p video on youtube
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    jimmysmitty , December 6, 2010 3:02 AM
    BolbiI found this Flash beta release back on Friday when manually checking for an update to the Adobe "Square" preview release I was already running. Glad to see Flash progressing with further hardware acceleration; I'm all for competition between Flash and HTML5!


    Hardware accelleration is a nice feature for them to add but I don't think it will be able to compete with HTML5. Whatever is already in Flash makes it load slower. I don't know why but a 1080P HD video on youtube in Flash needs to be paused to download on a 25Mbps connection while HTML5 doesn't.

    I just think Adobe doesn't see that they need to make Flash more of a lite program like it was back in the days of Macromedia and stop bloating it.
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    flamespaceship , December 6, 2010 3:08 AM
    Firefox 4.0b8 nightly builds and 4.0b7 released beta also have also had GPU acceleration on Windows for some time. Nightlies can be downloaded here: http://nightly.mozilla.org/.
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    theshonen8899 , December 6, 2010 3:13 AM
    This'll help take the load off my netbooks ATOM and put it on the ION, which is also chemically sound.
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    pakardbell486dx2 , December 6, 2010 4:05 AM
    wow, that would mean computer vendors will now to have to offer better video card solutions to their notebooks, seeing how integrated and low bit graphics just don't cut the cake.
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    Anonymous , December 6, 2010 5:22 AM
    WTF not for 64-bit!
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    Anonymous , December 6, 2010 5:41 AM
    Isn't the CPU more energy efficient? Why do you want the CPU completely idle while a power hungry GPU does all the work? Instead, shouldn’t they find a good balance of using both?
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    flamespaceship , December 6, 2010 5:50 AM
    waitinggameWTF not for 64-bit!

    even integrated graphics makes a very large difference in speed over browser rendered HTML5 graphics. Try Minefield 4.0b8 or IE9/PP7 vs. Chrome or Opera in the MS Test Drive speed tests. Firefox/Minefield and IE9 leave the others in the dust. I think GPU acceleration will make a big difference for nearly everyone, even those with modest GPUs.
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