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Intel Gen12/Xe Graphics Have AV1 Accelerated Decode - Linux Support Lands

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  • Spacefish
    AV1 decoding on the AMD GPU on APUs would definitely be a good thing for laptops / low power PCs... With Firefox slowly enabling VA-API on Linux and hopefully sometime later chromium will follow too, this could be a story for longer battery live by default, when watching videos in the browser on mobile devices.

    I don´t really see the benefit of having a dedicated Encoder part in your GPU. It eats away valuable chip area and is used really seldom. In reality, only Game Streamers probably use it. Video Conferencing software does CPU encoding 99% of the time. Creators typically use the CPU based encoders as they offer better compression/quality.

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  • bug77
    So... No H266 for at least a couple more years. Not surprised at all.

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  • Ipkh
    Traditional graphics companies have used dedicated hardware blocks for video codec encode/decode. I'd wager Intel is more likely to write a decoder that uses the EUs. Nothing stops AMD from implementing a similar encode/decode path for their Compute cores.
    AMD has always had problems with software quality and features. Though, it's a hard target for them with constantly launching new products (or rebadged older products). Look at how many GCN versions there are out there. At least Nvidia and Intel cleanly demarcated their product lines.

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  • tildearrow
    AMD! Hurry up!
    ​​​​​​Look! Intel is beating you! What if they eventually end up bringing AV1 encode too?! (on top of 4:4:4 and their high-quality encoder)
    ...yeah, while you are stuck in:

    - No 4:4:4
    - H.264 encode slower than HEVC
    - Lowest quality encoder in the market
    - No VP9 encode and not even decode (except latest chips)
    - Not even AV1 decode

    At the end I will be buying Xe if it turns out to fare well against my current AMD card...

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  • Intel Gen12/Xe Graphics Have AV1 Accelerated Decode - Linux Support Lands

    Phoronix: Intel Gen12/Xe Graphics Have AV1 Accelerated Decode - Linux Support Lands

    On top of Intel Gen12/Xe Graphics bringing other media engine improvements and much better 3D graphics support, another exciting element of the next-generation Intel graphics is now confirmed: GPU-accelerated AV1 video decoding!..