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Graphics performance: Firefox Vs. Edge Vs. Chrome

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Hello,

I love Mozilla Firefox thus am asking this.

Why is graphics performance worse in Firefox than it is on Microsoft's Edge and Google's Chorme browser?

Is it a matter of settings or what?

I have a AMD Ryzen 5 3400GE APU which is very capable of decoding 4k@60 VP9, but when I try watching Youtube videos in this video settings on Firefox, the frame reproduction isn't smooth. I don't have that problem with Chrome and/or Edge.

The video in question is the following:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Wo3aJjwTlA

PS: not sure why but some 4k@60 VP9 videos on Youtube lag more than others.

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Right, your 4k video chokes my Firefox also, but other 4k videos work fine.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zv11L-ZfrSg

Good luck with this one.

Operating System: openSUSE Tumbleweed 20210215 KDE Plasma Version: 5.21.0 KDE Frameworks Version: 5.78.0 Qt Version: 5.15.2 Kernel Version: 5.10.16-1-default OS Type: 64-bit Graphics Platform: X11 Processors: 8 × Intel® Core™ i7-4810MQ CPU @ 2.80GHz Memory: 31.0 GiB of RAM Graphics Processor: Mesa DRI Intel® HD Graphics 4600

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It would help if you provided the full specs of your machine.

Okulungisiwe ngu jonzn4SUSE

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Hey!

I'm also on Linux but am a beginner. I'm running Ubuntu 20.04 LTS.

The problem seems to be with Youtube 4k@60, not 4k@30. Though a quick test on WebGL site shows a significant performance decrease if running with Firefox Vs. Edge Vs. Chrome.

Specs for my machine are AMD Ryzen 5 3400GE/2x8GB DDR4L-2666MHz (dual-channel)/AMD Picasso iGPU (Vega 11).

Here is the output of "inxi -G" command:

Graphics:

 Device-1: AMD Picasso driver: amdgpu v: kernel 
 Display: x11 server: X.Org 1.20.9 driver: amdgpu 
 resolution: 1920x1080~60Hz 
 OpenGL: renderer: AMD Radeon Vega 11 Graphics (RAVEN DRM 3.38.0 
 5.8.0-43-generic LLVM 11.0.1) 
 v: 4.6 Mesa 21.1.0-devel (git-9bf8bfe 2021-02-12 focal-oibaf-ppa)


Out curiosity, are you using some command on terminal for your specs?

Okulungisiwe ngu ScatteredThuderstorm

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Apparently the issue seems to be related to 4k@60 (VP9) and not 4k@30.

Currently using Ubuntu 20.04 LTS.

My specs are AMD Ryzen 5 3400GE with 2x8GB DDR4L-2666 (dual-channel) with Picasso integrated graphics (Vega 11).

Output of "inxi -G" is as follows:

Graphics:

 Device-1: AMD Picasso driver: amdgpu v: kernel 
 Display: x11 server: X.Org 1.20.9 driver: amdgpu 
 resolution: 1920x1080~60Hz 
 OpenGL: renderer: AMD Radeon Vega 11 Graphics (RAVEN DRM 3.38.0 
 5.8.0-43-generic LLVM 11.0.1) 
 v: 4.6 Mesa 21.1.0-devel (git-9bf8bfe 2021-02-12 focal-oibaf-ppa)

PS: did you use some command on terminal or typed the full specs of your machine?

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I tried the video, with the link you have provided, and i don't find any issue with it. It's probably something that has to do with your PC or something, i have an iMac with 15 intel core, works perfectly fine.

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ScatteredThuderstorm said

Apparently the issue seems to be related to 4k@60 (VP9) and not 4k@30. Currently using Ubuntu 20.04 LTS. My specs are AMD Ryzen 5 3400GE with 2x8GB DDR4L-2666 (dual-channel) with Picasso integrated graphics (Vega 11). Output of "inxi -G" is as follows: Graphics: Device-1: AMD Picasso driver: amdgpu v: kernel Display: x11 server: X.Org 1.20.9 driver: amdgpu resolution: 1920x1080~60Hz OpenGL: renderer: AMD Radeon Vega 11 Graphics (RAVEN DRM 3.38.0 5.8.0-43-generic LLVM 11.0.1) v: 4.6 Mesa 21.1.0-devel (git-9bf8bfe 2021-02-12 focal-oibaf-ppa) PS: did you use some command on terminal or typed the full specs of your machine?

I just click on that button to copy the info. Let me try the same video on my newer laptop for S&Gs.  ;-))

Okulungisiwe ngu jonzn4SUSE

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I played it on my newer laptop and Firefox performed much better, but still a bit of lag. Chrome and Edge had no issue. Looks like a combo of hardware and browser performance.

Operating System Windows 10 Pro Insider Preview 64-bit CPU Intel Xeon E3 v5 @ 2.90GHz 26 °C Skylake 14nm Technology RAM 64.0GB Dual-Channel Unknown @ 1071MHz (15-15-15-36) Motherboard HP 80D6 (U3E1) Graphics Generic PnP Monitor (1600x900@60Hz) HP Z27n (2560x1440@59Hz) Intel HD Graphics P530 (HP) 4095MB NVIDIA Quadro M2000M (HP) SLI Disabled Storage 119GB SanDisk SD8SBAT128G1122 (SATA (SSD)) 12 °C

Okulungisiwe ngu jonzn4SUSE

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My laptop was using the Intel Graphics(1gig of ram) and it was lagging, but changed the bios to only use the Nvidia(4gigs of ram) card and now Firefox had no issues. What graphics card are you running.

Okulungisiwe ngu jonzn4SUSE

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jonzn4SUSE said

My laptop was using the Intel Graphics(1gig of ram) and it was lagging, but changed the bios to only use the Nvidia(4gigs of ram) card and now Firefox had no issues. What graphics card are you running.

Thanks for the comprehensive message.

I'm using AMD's integrated graphics solution as posted in my previous message (Picasso - Vega 11 Graphics).

Good to know I am not the only one having this issue with Firefox.

Of course a dedicated graphics card won't have any issues, but my iGPU can handle it no problem if playing the video with Chrome or Edge browser.

That means the issue is related to some Firefox settings. I've also read somewhere Firefox users don't get hardware acceleration on Linux.

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ScatteredThuderstorm said

I've also read somewhere Firefox users don't get hardware acceleration on Linux.

Not exactly. Version 85 should be hardware accelerated, see Firefox – we’re finally getting HW acceleration on Linux.

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TyDraniu said

ScatteredThuderstorm said

I've also read somewhere Firefox users don't get hardware acceleration on Linux.

Not exactly. Version 85 should be hardware accelerated, see Firefox – we’re finally getting HW acceleration on Linux.

Thank you for the article, but I don't think I'm getting hardware acceleration with Mozilla Firefox yet.

My current browser version is Mozilla Firefox 85.0.1 and OS is Ubuntu 20.04 LTS.

I have tried enabling Webrender and changing to Ubuntu on Wayland, nothing really worked.

It is really unfortunate because I do prefer Mozilla over Google and Microsoft!

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