Originally Posted by ES_Revenge
So, what's possible with older codecs isn't necessarily true for HEVC.
All this is true. H.264 acceleration is available on just about everything. To do HEVC 10-bit, you either need insane compute power or a dedicated hardware decoder. I have been testing different HEVC encoded videos and it is indeed a dire state of affairs. With my overclocked 3570K and GTX 970 (Maxwell 1.0), I can almost
playback HEVC Main10 4K content in VLC. Dropped frames aplenty. Until NVIDIA releases some sort of CUDA-accelerated decoder as part of the driver or someone develops one for other players, it's just not happening for my current PC. Just keep following the Doom9 forums.
As of this moment in time, only the following computer hardware can playback HEVC Main10 4K smoothly with 100% assurance:
GTX 950 (Maxwell 2.0 features full encode/decode acceleration)
GTX 960 (Maxwell 2.0 features full encode/decode acceleration)
AMD Carrizo APU (features full encode/decode acceleration, currently available in some laptops and coming soon to some desktops)
Unfortunately, Intel's current solution is only useful for 8-bit playback:
4th Generation Intel Core processors (Haswell CPU 2- 3.5GHz, 4 Cores): Includes an HEVC Software Decoder capable of real time decode of HEVC 4K streams.
5th Generation Intel Core processors (Broadwell): Supports HEVC 8-bit software/hybrid encode.
6th Generation Intel Core processors (Skylake) Supports hardware accelerated HEVC 8-bit decode and encode (Main10 support unlikely)
7th Generation Intel Core processors (Kaby Lake) will add support for HEVC Main10 decode and encode.