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What components of a GPU are important for video decoding?

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I have a very old HTPC and I have no interest in changing it at this time. However, 1080p in FireFox maxes-out the GPU on certain sites. The card is a basic HD6450 which offers two advantages over its alternatives (1) 18w TDP and (2) Passive cooling.

Will simply changing the card for one with increased clock and memory speeds suffice?
 
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Not really, GPUs have dedicated hardware blocks for encoding and decoding videos. If their limits are reached, it's not gonna matter how much clock speed you throw at them.

Long story short you need to get something as modern as possible, the specs don't really matter, the newer the card the more capable it is going to be at encoding and decoding.
 
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Thanks but your answer doesn't really help. There are no newer cards satisfying my criteria. The Radeon R5 230 is a rebranded HD6450. Fortunately, I am on my way to identifying the problem. The issue only occurs on BBC iplayer and is resolved by overclocking my card - utilization down to 91%.
 
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I bought a HD6450 over a decade ago and it was a garbage card then.
 
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Not really, GPUs have dedicated hardware blocks for encoding and decoding videos. If their limits are reached, it's not gonna matter how much clock speed you throw at them.

Long story short you need to get something as modern as possible, the specs don't really matter, the newer the card the more capable it is going to be at encoding and decoding.

and beside his correct information, RAM is needed as well.
picture programs love to snack your ram entirely and quite fast

Thanks but your answer doesn't really help. There are no newer cards satisfying my criteria. The Radeon R5 230 is a rebranded HD6450. Fortunately, I am on my way to identifying the problem. The issue only occurs on BBC iplayer and is resolved by overclocking my card - utilization down to 91%.

I must say I'm learning that gamers are the dumbest people on the planet. For every question they default to 3 answers. (i) Update the drivers. (ii) Buy a new one. (iii) Throw more power at it.
but all these answers are the real truth...
bro

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I must say I'm learning that gamers are the dumbest people on the planet. For every question they default to 3 answers. (i) Update the drivers. (ii) Buy a new one. (iii) Throw more power at it.
And your solution to the problem was to throw more power at it. Pot meet kettle.
 

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Stay on Topic.
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Just grab a R9 270 or a RX 450/60.
 

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Never seen someone pull that kind of attitude when they're asking for help. Shutting it down.
 
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