Meteor Lake CPUs Could Play Videos, Use QuickSync Without a GPU

Meteor Lake CPUs Could Play Videos, Use QuickSync Without a GPU

In a surprising twist, Intel’s future 14th Generation Meteor Lake CPU architecture will reportedly split video playback and encode functionality from the integrated graphics into a new area known as an SMU or Standalone Media Unit on the CPU, as reported by Phoronix. It is a significant change by Intel, which will allow media functionality to be used at all times, even if the integrated graphics chip is disabled.

In a real-world scenario, once Meteor Lake launches, users building gaming PCs or content creation machines on the future platform will have access to all of Intel’s high-quality video decoding engines and Intel QuickSync technology, even if integrated GPU is disabled in favor of a discrete graphics card, which frees up memory resources and power resources — moving them towards the CPU entirely. The situation gets even better if older discrete GPUs are installed that lack modern hardware acceleration codecs, such as AV1 or H265 encoding.

https://www.tomshardware.com/news/meteor-lake-plays-videos-without-gpu

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