Adobe Flash 10.1 Review: GPU Flash Acceleration

By | December 20th, 2009



Adobe has updated their Flash Player to version 10.1 that adds GPU acceleration of the flash content. This will enable accelerated performance of streaming media while using dedicated GPU in your system.

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The streaming media on the web represents a new age of internet usage. Many websites such as Youtube and Hulu offers streaming media content for Standard and High Definition video. These video playbacks are very heavy of the CPU resulting in stuttering, slow performance in multi-tasking and decreasing battery life. The Adobe 10.1 Flash makes use of Video Engine present in GPUs to run this flash media while releasing the CPU resources to be used for other tasks.
The Following GPU series supports the Hardware Acceleration of Flash Media:

  • Nvidia Geforce 8, 9, 10 and later series except G80
  • ATI Radeon HD 3000, 4000 and 5000 series GPUs
  • Intel’s GMA 4500MHD based chipset could support in theory, but the support is not official for now.

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Here we test Nvidia Geforce 9-series based GPU for CPU/GPU utilization while playing Flash Content with Mozilla Firefox 3.5.6.

Flash Content

CPU Utilization

Flash 10.0.42.34

GPU Utilization

Flash 10.0.42.34

CPU Utilization

Flash 10.1 Beta 2

GPU Utilization

Flash 10.1 Beta 2

Youtube SD HQ

26%

0%

10%

12%

Youtube HD 720p

51%

0%

17%

16%

Youtube HD 1080p

78%

0%

25%

35%

CPU usage without GPU Acceleration:

 Adobe Flash 10.1 Review: GPU Flash Acceleration

CPU usage with GPU Acceleration:

 Adobe Flash 10.1 Review: GPU Flash Acceleration

Verdict:

The new flash player has indeed shown some great improvements in performance and GPU utilization. However we’ve noticed that similar performance improvements are not offered with ATI and Intel GPUs for now. The final version will add more compatibility and possibly better results. You can download the Adobe Flash 10.1 here.