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


GPU Utilization


CPU Utilization

Flash 10.1 Beta 2

GPU Utilization

Flash 10.1 Beta 2

Youtube SD HQ





Youtube HD 720p





Youtube HD 1080p





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


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.

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  • Hcooper

    “Download Adobe Flash Player, the cross-platform browser plug-in that delivers breakthrough Web experiences to over 99% of Internet users.”

    I'm sure I must be in the 1%. I have an older computer. Of course it works well until a company comes out with the latest and greatest like Flash 10.1. I had read about Flash and Google and some company, I can't remember, (was it Apple?) that was using some other software and there was some big brouhaha. But I didn't pay much attention.

    That is until I downloaded Firefox 3.6 and Adobe Flash 10.1. Why would I do such a stupid thing. Everything worked just fine before. Most of the time I didn't even realize that that the web-page that I was viewing had anything to do with Adobe Flash. Of course a “breakthrough web experience” would have to change all of that.

    Of course I have been brainwashed. Oh, you must download and install all of the latest upgrades and downloads. We want to be sure your computer is protected and some hacker can't use our software to take over your computer and deliver all of your bank passwords to the Russian mafia. Like a good little computer user who keeps his virus software updated and downloads the latest patch to plug the latest Microsoft security vulnerability to keep the bad guys out of my bank account, I download and installed the new upgrade to “keep me safe.”

    What do I get for being so vigilant? Well let's just say that what I got was not a “breakthrough Web experience,” just a broken web experience. Why does what worked yesterday, not work today? Why is it when I click on “Full Screen,” for example, a Youtube video is it just a blank white screen? I have no idea. I'm not a software programmer.

    I didn't even have any idea that it was the update to Flash 10.1. No that took hours of my free time to figure out. Time stolen from me by Adobe.

    After hours and hours on the Internets looking for answers, I finally figure out that with Adobe Flash 10.1 you must un-enable hardware acceleration so that some graphics cards that worked just fine before the upgrade, continue to work after the upgrade. Oh how stupid of me. Why in the world would I not know that? Oh yeah, I'm just a stupid Adobe user. How stupid of me.