Chrome and Chromium hardware acceleration

Does your Chrome or Chromium browser not give maximum performance with video (for example youtube), 3D rendering or Google Earth on Google Maps? The main cause could be graphic acceleration disabled and to fix it just a simple click and in a few seconds your browser will give the best of itself!

This setting is usually active on Windows operating systems, unlike Linux ones

 

Verification and solution

  1. First of all we check if the problem is really the graphic acceleration and to do it type in the search bar chrome: // gpu. If what you see is something the same as the following photo you can go to the next step to solve the problem, otherwise the problem could be something else
    acceleration-hardware-chromium
  2. write now in the search bar chrome :/ / flags and a tab of this type will open
    hardware acceleration chromium enabling
    press enable in 'Override the list of rendering software'and a button will appear at the bottom that will warn you to restart your browser to make changes. Restart and type again chrome: // gpu  and this time you will see that everything will be active as in the following image
    hardware acceleration chromium enabled
  3. Test that this change has really increased the performance of your browser. To do this you can make a trivial test before and after enabling hardware acceleration via this site in which it is possible to set the number of moving fish up to 1000 to test the frames per second and then place my experience.

 

You can also try this site before and after qualification. 

The test was done with Chromium version 30 with 1000 active minnows. In the first photo the hardware acceleration was not active and the maximum FPS obtained was around 11.

chromium hardware acceleration disabled

 

In the second test instead, with the same settings but with hardware acceleration enabled, you can see a huge difference! To be precise, I obtained an 4 result times greater than the first and in a few seconds

hardware acceleration chromium enabled

 

Finally, if you want to disable acceleration, just type again chrome :/ / flags click Disable on the first entry and restart the browser, but I doubt you will come back! 😉





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