Nvidia demos IE9 advantages with ION

Nvidia has long advocated the many benefits of a strong graphics platform and experienced netbook users should by now understand the limits of a slower GPU when trying to perform modern tasks with it. Nvidia developed their ION platform for low cost devices to address this issue and have recently posted a video on their blog demonstrating the performance advantages that it can have when using the GPU-aware Internet Explorer 9. 

In the video, Chris Pedersen of Nvidia compares an old netbook with just an Intel Atom to a newer Asus EEPC 1201PN that features ION. He runs three different test suites for the comparison: map zooming, flying 3D images, and SVG animation. The results speak for themselves:

At MIX 10, Microsoft released the IE9 Platform Preview which demonstrated a new JavaScript engine called Chakra, expanded support for CSS3, SVG, and HTML5, and hardware acceleration through Direct2D and DirectWrite. 

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All this shows is the fact that some systems WILL have degradation in performance. My laptop with a ATI Mobility Radeon X1400 performs worse in hardware mode than in software mode. This is probably due to the fact that D2D requires WDDM 1.1, but I'm not sure on that.

I know the Firefox nightlies with GPU acceleration made a huge difference, even on a "normal" computer. The faster these browsers get to a beta state the better. I want to start using them!

warwagon said,
The ion map still looked choppy, I was expecting smoother.

In Firefox 3.7 with D2D on, it's smooth as butter. I think it's due to differences in caching between the browsers.

Why one laptop is with aero enabled and the other not ? Of course the non-aero is faster. This is not exactly a fair comparision

BugX said,
Why one laptop is with aero enabled and the other not ? Of course the non-aero is faster. This is not exactly a fair comparision

Read some of the comments above

CGar said,
Read some of the comments above
Those above comments probably are legit - I wouldn't know. What I do know if you want results to be considered reliable then you level the playfield as much as possible.

I can confirm this: 42 FPS on the Spinning Logo Test in IE9 at 1920*1080 resolution, fullscreen. 14 FPS on Firefox with D2D enabled. 1FPS with Chrome.

(In the video, Chris Pedersen of Nvidia compares....)
Off course the video is biased, just wait for the final IE and judge by your self.

mr.r9 said,
(In the video, Chris Pedersen of Nvidia compares....)
Off course the video is biased, just wait for the final IE and judge by your self.

Its not biased, I have the Asrock Ion 330 nettop which has the original ion in, i get similar results.

Flying images test results:

IE9 Preview: 46fps
Firefox: 17fps
Chrome: 1fps
IE8: 1fps

This makes me a bit worry about running IE 9 on my computer. My computer has onboard graphics card only (Intel GMA), so is it true that my computer cannot benefit from the GPU-acceleration in IE 9?

GraphiteCube said,
This makes me a bit worry about running IE 9 on my computer. My computer has onboard graphics card only (Intel GMA), so is it true that my computer cannot benefit from the GPU-acceleration in IE 9?

I think in the IE sessions at MIX, someone asked this same question. And the guy answered that, yes GPU performance will be lower as compared to higher spec'ed cards, but it will be better than having no acceleration at all.

GraphiteCube said,
This makes me a bit worry about running IE 9 on my computer. My computer has onboard graphics card only (Intel GMA), so is it true that my computer cannot benefit from the GPU-acceleration in IE 9?

Ouch. I would doubt it. What kind of computer do you have?

GraphiteCube said,
This makes me a bit worry about running IE 9 on my computer. My computer has onboard graphics card only (Intel GMA), so is it true that my computer cannot benefit from the GPU-acceleration in IE 9?

Yup it true, you could always upgrade to a cheap Geforce 210 to take advantage of gpu accelerated applications.

GraphiteCube said,
This makes me a bit worry about running IE 9 on my computer. My computer has onboard graphics card only (Intel GMA), so is it true that my computer cannot benefit from the GPU-acceleration in IE 9?

You shouldn't worry too much, I tried that (the platform preview) with my onboard GPU and it worked great.

GraphiteCube said,
This makes me a bit worry about running IE 9 on my computer. My computer has onboard graphics card only (Intel GMA), so is it true that my computer cannot benefit from the GPU-acceleration in IE 9?

IE9 will run great on machines that don't have dedicated GPUs. If you do have a GPU, IE9 will run even better -- most likely it'll be the fastest, best way to load and run web apps if they have rich graphical content that can benefit from GPU accleration (and really, even text rendering and display can benefit from GPU accleration).

are the results like slightly biased? anyone notice how the one on the left (the one without ION) is running like aero and everything, while the one with ION has it turned off? surely that might make a bit of difference in terms of freeing up GPU/CPU usage?

Aquafox said,
are the results like slightly biased? anyone notice how the one on the left (the one without ION) is running like aero and everything, while the one with ION has it turned off? surely that might make a bit of difference in terms of freeing up GPU/CPU usage?

LOL Areo wouldnt cause that slowdown.

Aquafox said,
are the results like slightly biased? anyone notice how the one on the left (the one without ION) is running like aero and everything, while the one with ION has it turned off? surely that might make a bit of difference in terms of freeing up GPU/CPU usage?

It's Aero Basic (you can't see through the task bar or window title bar) vs. Classic, but Aero Basic doesn't have 3d acceleration so it's still even.

Edited by J_R_G, Apr 1 2010, 3:59pm :

Aquafox said,
are the results like slightly biased? anyone notice how the one on the left (the one without ION) is running like aero and everything, while the one with ION has it turned off? surely that might make a bit of difference in terms of freeing up GPU/CPU usage?

Hi all. This is David Ragones from NVIDIA. Some have noted that the Asus was not running with full Aero on. Remember that the standard Toshiba netbook was running Win 7 Starter also with Aero off. Key point is with an ION GPU, specific HTML5, JavaScript, and Direct2D calls are offloaded to GPU resulting in a MUCH better experience (as you can see) - Aero or no Aero

Everybody.. go out and buy the new laptops and GPUs so that you can finally browse the internet. *sigh*

Andre said,
Everybody.. go out and buy the new laptops and GPUs so that you can finally browse the internet. *sigh*

Well to a degree low power cpu's like in the 1.2-4GHz range would benefit from GPU help with stuff like javascript and AJAX and things while browsing.

Andre said,
Everybody.. go out and buy the new laptops and GPUs so that you can finally browse the internet. *sigh*

Well yes, if the internet were just text with occasional pictures like it was in 1995, you would have a point. But the point is the internet is growing, in usage and concepts, and more powerful browsers that take advantage of gpu acceleration will allow better web apps for everyone. Think about it, it's pretty cool.

Andre said,
Everybody.. go out and buy the new laptops and GPUs so that you can finally browse the internet. *sigh*

This makes an immense difference in Firefox 3.7. Significant speed increases in loading. No lagg while scrolling.

Hopefully adobe flash will have something like that.

J_R_G said,

Well yes, if the internet were just text with occasional pictures like it was in 1995, you would have a point. But the point is the internet is growing, in usage and concepts, and more powerful browsers that take advantage of gpu acceleration will allow better web apps for everyone. Think about it, it's pretty cool.
Honestly, I hate to pun. But based on the guy's short sight, I just hope he understands your statement.

J_R_G said,

Well yes, if the internet were just text with occasional pictures like it was in 1995, you would have a point. But the point is the internet is growing, in usage and concepts, and more powerful browsers that take advantage of gpu acceleration will allow better web apps for everyone. Think about it, it's pretty cool.

Everybody managed just fine last 5 or so years. And they still do. You can play Flash games or even games like Quake Live just fine in a browser. Yes, using a plugin, but nevertheless. Don't get me wrong though, I applaud the innovation, but I also applaud if people spend time making their code taking advantage of those CPU cores that everybody has been bragging so much about and pushing it onto us for the last couple of years instead of junking everything onto GPU because it's some kind of holy grail.

I'm replying late, but just to stress:

Without a dedicated GPU, IE9 will still run faster than IE8. It would run "even better", however, with a dedicated GPU.

+1, I do that to my Dell Inspiron 1100 when I get so frustrated and I have to reboot, instead I punch the computer real hard and it just reboots. Everybody around me gets a big kick out of that. I just don't care for the laptop anymore, if it works it work, if it doesn't then I'll keep punching it.