MBP uses software renderer with Airplay

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by UniEdit, Jul 22, 2013.

  1. UniEdit macrumors newbie

    Jun 13, 2013
    I am sure there is a good reason for this, but I don't understand it. I am making an app that does a lot of 3D rendering and I wanted to test my multi-screen windowing code. The only way I can get my hands on another display is to use Mavericks and airplay. The code works fine and I get two fully independent windows, but it switches from my main GPU renderer (3.3 ATI-1.12.42 with an AMD Radeon HD 6750M 512 MB) to a software renderer. I thought this was strange, but I suspected it was because Airplay is controlled by the CPU and it would be tough to get good FPS when the GPU has to keep sending data back to the CPU. This is not what I want, but it would be acceptable - if the software renderer actually produced similar results. Things like texture filtering and antialiasing don't seem to work with and of my software renderers.

    I then tested it in Lion and Mountain Lion and discovered that it is the same. I am forced to use a slow software renderer when I Airplay anything, which makes everything look awfully slow - especially when I need to use multiple frame buffers. After some lengthy and very nerdy calculations, I realized that GPU rendering, even with a worse memory bus than the one I have, would be significantly faster and smoother. Is there any way to force it to use my main GPU (or one GPU for each screen) with Airplay instead of the software renderer?
  2. Xgm541 macrumors 65816

    May 3, 2011
    I think you're posting in the wrong section.

    In either case, airplay isn't necessarily meant to output high quality graphics, mainly because of the limit in bandwidth of ethernet/wifi required to output the feed.
  3. priitv8 macrumors 68040

    Jan 13, 2011
    Can it be related to the fact, that when performing AirPlay Mirroring, the contents of the framebuffer needs somehow to be conveyed to the Ivy Bridge's H.264 encoder??
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