Support for VP9/HEVC Video Decoding in Modern Computing Platforms (March 15 2015)

Edit: Anandtech has a much better article up now specifically for HEVC

http://www.anandtech.com/show/9152/futureproofing-htpcs-for-the-4k-era-hdmi-hdcp-and-hevc

I put this together with the intention of figuring out if the next computing device is going to be future proof.

Similar to the transition to H264, VP9 and HEVC bring a new level of video encoding that allow for higher compression ratios, allowing for more efficient data transfer needed for 4K UHD and beyond.It’s still going to be a years before all the content is in one of these formats. There’s really no clear winner as to which one of these codecs will end up on top yet.

VP9 Support in Hardware

Intel – since Broadwell/BayTrail source

Nvidia SoC – K1 source

H265/HEVC Support in Hardware

Nvidia GPU – partial for Maxwell source

Nvidia SoC – partial for K1 source

Qualcomm – Snapdragon 410, 615, 805 source

Intel – since Broadwell/BayTrail source

AMD SoC – Carrizo source

Software Support

It appears that drivers aren’t quite capable yet. Here’s Intel’s driver support from their January 2015 drivers:

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HEVC 10 bit

(GPU accelerated)

HEVC 8 bit

(GPU Accelerated)

VP9

(GPU Accelerated)

5th Generation Intel Core Processors w/ HD graphics 5500, HD graphics 6000, Iris graphics 6100

Y

Y

Y

Intel Core M with HD graphics 5300

N

N

Y

Pentium/Celeron 3805U 3755U 3205U

N

N

Y

4th Generation Intel Core Processors with HD graphics 5000/4600/4400, Iris graphics 5100, Iris Pro graphics 5200

N

Y

N

4th Generation Intel Core Processors with HD graphics 4200

N

N

N

Other Pentium/Celeron supported with this driver

N

N

N

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