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Adobe Flash 10.1 Ushers In GPU Accelerated Flash!

Postby Apoptosis » Thu Dec 17, 2009 8:11 am

Adobe Flash 10.1 Ushers In GPU Accelerated Flash!

With Flash 9, Adobe introduced streaming high definition video playback to its Flash empire, just so long as users' systems had the power to play it. After many demands for better performance on low-power computers, like HTPCs and netbooks, Adobe aims to please with their impending release of Flash 10.1. In this article, we put Adobe's claims of higher performance to the test with video and gaming benchmarks.

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It's easy to see in the chart above what an incredible difference Flash 10.1 makes! With Flash 10.0, SD played smoothly, while 720P lost a barely noticeable number of frames and 1080P played terribly, bogging down the entire computer so much that Internet Explorer locked up and the process had to be killed in Task Manager. Firefox had a similar locking result, though it did eventually respond on its own. A credit to Google's Chrome sandboxing approach, closing out the browser was immediate even if the video playback was the worst.



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Re: Adobe Flash 10.1 Ushers In GPU Accelerated Flash!

Postby Illuminati » Thu Dec 17, 2009 8:52 am

Very interesting performance gain and great article, Matt! This should definitely help those who are deliberating between a traditional desktop or an ION platform for an HTPC to realize that the cheaper, low-power alternative is indeed becoming more practical with realistic performance.
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Re: Adobe Flash 10.1 Ushers In GPU Accelerated Flash!

Postby gwolfman » Thu Dec 17, 2009 10:50 am

Too bad it took adobe so long to finally get this done. Now we just need silverlight with GPU offload...
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Re: Adobe Flash 10.1 Ushers In GPU Accelerated Flash!

Postby Illuminati » Thu Dec 17, 2009 3:13 pm

gwolfman wrote:Too bad it took adobe so long to finally get this done. Now we just need silverlight with GPU offload...

Ya... would be nice to have GPU acceleration when I'm watching my Netflix! :)
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Re: Adobe Flash 10.1 Ushers In GPU Accelerated Flash!

Postby Pingspike » Thu Dec 17, 2009 7:53 pm

gief downlowd linq plz :D
just kiddin. Yeah it has been a long time coming.

I've found actually that the performance problems with youtubes HD has been more about a steady connection speed rather than computer performance. Specially htpc's (which generally play movies/hd movies anyways) Netbooks however, now there's a challenge. Like to see this play 720p on a N270. Or even budget notebooks with chips like the TF-20. Bigger screens but can the TF-20 cut it ?

The eMachines(acer) E627 has a nice big screen and hd3200 graphics but has a not-so-exciting TF-20 at 1.6ghz. Test that puppy someone! :)
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Re: Adobe Flash 10.1 Ushers In GPU Accelerated Flash!

Postby gwolfman » Fri Dec 18, 2009 4:43 pm

Illuminati wrote:
gwolfman wrote:Too bad it took adobe so long to finally get this done. Now we just need silverlight with GPU offload...

Ya... would be nice to have GPU acceleration when I'm watching my Netflix! :)

Yup, Netflix GPU support (silverlight) is my next wish...
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Re: Adobe Flash 10.1 Ushers In GPU Accelerated Flash!

Postby Major_A » Fri Dec 18, 2009 5:30 pm

Latest Flash betas.
Internet Explorer:
http://www.filehippo.com/download_flashplayer_ie/
Firefox, Opera and other Gecko-based browsers:
http://www.filehippo.com/download_flashplayer_firefox/
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Re: Adobe Flash 10.1 Ushers In GPU Accelerated Flash!

Postby Apoptosis » Fri Dec 18, 2009 5:50 pm

Don't download the Flash 10.1 beta 2 files posted in the mirrors above as they have issues and is why Adobe pulled them down.

Adobe has released the fixed version of Flash Player 10.1 beta 2 and you can download the files straight from Adobe. Since 10.1 beta 2 came out buggy and was removed the only way to know you are getting the right file is to download them from a trusted source like Adobe.

http://labs.adobe.com/downloads/flashplayer10.html
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Re: Adobe Flash 10.1 Ushers In GPU Accelerated Flash!

Postby Major_A » Fri Dec 18, 2009 6:17 pm

My bad, just trying to be helpful.
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Re: Adobe Flash 10.1 Ushers In GPU Accelerated Flash!

Postby Apoptosis » Fri Dec 18, 2009 6:48 pm

Major_A wrote:My bad, just trying to be helpful.


oh i know... I spent the past 4-5 days fighting the bad version and don't want anyone else to have that issue.
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