Chrome 18 adds software GPU for lowend hardware graphics boost

first_imgGoogle Chrome has added a number of GPU-related features in the past several releases. If you’re running a fairly new system, chances are good that your graphics hardware can take advantage of things like WebGL and hardware accelerated rendering. Those of you with an older GPU aren’t so lucky — at least not with Google Chrome 17.An addition to the Chrome 18 beta aims to deliver a much-improved graphical experience even on outdated hardware. Google has leaned on the software rendering pros at Transgaming, whose SwiftShader software GPU is capable of 3D performance that’s on par with an AMD Radeon 5550. It’s not going to deliver true modern GPU performance of course, and your results may vary, but it should still offer a substantial improvement over previous versions of Chrome. Theoretically, it’ll even offer you Chromebook users a boost: SwiftShader’s reported 3DMark score is around nine times that of the Intel GMA3150.Transgaming claims that SwiftShader is about 100 times faster than current software alternatives, and it supports multiple processor architectures. That could allow Google to build similar improvements into the recently launched Chrome for Android. If the GPU in your desktop or laptop isn’t already supported by Chrome, SwiftShader should automatically kick in. If you’re the curious type and want to see how it functions even though your hardware is supported, you can do so by adding a pair of command line switches to Chrome:–blacklist-accelerated-compositing and –blacklist-webgl. Not sure how to add command line switches? Check out the video below.More at the Chromium Bloglast_img

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