Intel Haswell IPG May Support HEVC/H.265 Hardware Decoding

I can’t claim to be the first to notice when HEVC decoding popped up in a recent Intel GPU driver update for Haswell (HSW) systems, and I was prepared to write it off as a mistake until an off-hand remark about the feature coming in a future driver update came up in conversation with a source well positioned to know. For now, I think it’s fair to count it as a rumor. Mistakes happen, as do misunderstandings about what hardware supports what, but I’m going to be watching the driver release notes a lot closer for the next few months.

  • So will the new line of

    So will the new line of Haswell CPUs decode HEVC, or the recent line that were released a week or two ago? I just built a machine with an i7-4771, I’d love to be able to have hardware decoding basically for free.


    EDIT: NVM, I see in your screenshot that you’re using a 4770K, the 4771 came later, so one could only assume.

  • Driver v15.

    Driver v15. seems to have added this.

    Quotes from the release notes PDF:

    “HEVC decode now supported by the driver and video players can now take advantage of the GPU accelerated decode support offered by Intel”

    “Transcoding to HEVC is currently not supported.”