MBP 2011--GPU acceleration in Flash?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by mrmister, Mar 10, 2011.

  1. mrmister macrumors regular

    Dec 19, 2008
    I have read multiple reviews, but can't find this anywhere--does the 2011 15" MBP have GPU acceleration for Flash? My 2010 MBP does, and I know Adobe only implemented acceleration for a relatively small subset of Nvidia cards.

    I despise Flash, but I need it for a number of things, and this has made a difference--I need to know if the 2011 models have GPU acceleration for it.
  2. grahamnp macrumors 6502a

    Jun 4, 2008
    I think it does, could be wrong. Anyway, websites need to implement stagevideo first so you won't be seeing any improvements on anything for a while.
  3. mrmister thread starter macrumors regular

    Dec 19, 2008
    That's not true--starting with 10.1, flash had acceleration for select GPUs. What I am trying to figure out is if the new MBPs cards are supported for that acceleration. This has nothing to do with Stage Video.
  4. Hellhammer Moderator


    Staff Member

    Dec 10, 2008
    As of now, hardware acceleration is only supported by 9400M, 320M and 330M GT. Future Flash versions may change it but AFAIK, Apple has limited the HW acc to these GPUs.
  5. derbothaus macrumors 601


    Jul 17, 2010
    If your new Macbook has ATI for graphics then no, you get no acceleration. And yes, it sucks. Stage video is promised to work across all graphics cards when the website and the flash versions are in concert. This is most likely why it was mentioned as it would directly answer the question of acceleration. So far only Nvidia GPU's and only low powered. ie. 9400M, 320M. Not sure if the GTX 285 is supported but it is in the mercury playback engine of Adobe Premiere so I would assume it is.
  6. mrmister thread starter macrumors regular

    Dec 19, 2008
    That's big news. I hate Flash, but honestly, I use it often--knowing that makes it much less likely that I'll upgrade until I know it is supported. (Or until the day I don't need Flash anymore...but sadly, that day is not as near as I wish.)

    Does anyone with one of the new MBPs know how much CPU it takes to do simple tasks that require flash, like Hulu and Netflix?
  7. derbothaus macrumors 601


    Jul 17, 2010
    Well netflix on my 2.8GHz Core 2 gets disgustingly high 80-110% for HD. 40-60% for standard def. It uses silverlight not flash.
    You tube is super fast on 1080p because I have the 9400M that has acceleration. So could not speak for just processor and the Mac pro is so powerful it maybe gets 10% going, maybe.

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