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Well Microsoft released SilverLight 5 not too long ago on December 9'th, I didn't see a thread about it so figured I would inform. There is a lot of changes, but only two that are interesting to end users. First SilverLight 5 adds 64bit support for native 64bit machines (Mac/Windows). Second addition is hardware acceleration, in turn uses your hardware GPU to accelerate video playback on Vista/7 machines (tho it doesn't seem to work for me). Definitively huge news for Netflix customers. I have been running a 32bit OS just so I could watch Netflix due to SilverLight 4 only supporting x86. Now I can finally make the change back over to x64. thumb.gif

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I've been watching netflix on 64 bit OS's with 64 bit browsers this entire time...
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LOL, you changed your operating system for netflix.
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The performance on Silverlight 5 is stellar. I'm a Silverlight dev and the application I work on is so much smoother on SL5 compared to 4, it's almost hard to believe the difference. Runs better on old computers, too.
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0_o both my machines are Win 7 Pro 64 bit and both watch netflix just fine on chrome. lols
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How would you test whether SL5 is really GPU accelerating the content being played back say through Netflix? I am most curious about this because I wanted to build an ultra low-power ITX box for a while but could never get solid Netflix performance out of it with SL4 and beta 5 did not seem to improve things any. Thoughts?
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How would you test whether SL5 is really GPU accelerating the content being played back say through Netflix? I am most curious about this because I wanted to build an ultra low-power ITX box for a while but could never get solid Netflix performance out of it with SL4 and beta 5 did not seem to improve things any. Thoughts?

GPU usage monitor! thumb.gif
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GPU usage monitor! thumb.gif

Do you know one that works on the AMD APU chips?
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How would you test whether SL5 is really GPU accelerating the content being played back say through Netflix? I am most curious about this because I wanted to build an ultra low-power ITX box for a while but could never get solid Netflix performance out of it with SL4 and beta 5 did not seem to improve things any. Thoughts?

Well, the SL5 beta didn't have the GPU acceleration in it so that's why it didn't help. See if you can find a similar rig to try it out on. Also, watch your CPU usage. SL4 had pretty high CPU usage but it typically goes way down if you install SL5 (since rendering is being offloaded to the GPU).
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I'm not sure but HD playback on Netflix via WMC is way better than 4.0.

No more lagging and stuttering during fast/intense scenes.thumb.gif
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