Solved Why can't my core 2 extreme stream 4k vids?

May 1, 2017 at 16:11:33
Specs: Windows 7 pro, qx9650/8gb
such as video streaming on youtube? When trying to stream a video the cpu usuage is nearly 100% all the time and it lags alot.

My cpu is the qx9650 and my video card is the Nvidia Gtx 970.

Thanks

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May 7, 2017 at 22:12:09
The QX9650 is what, 9 years old now? Youtube uses VP9 video encoding and the GTX 970 doesn't have a hardware VP9 decoder. Your processor has to do all of the heavy lifting, and decoding 4K video all in software is going to require something like a Core i5.

Since you're on Chrome, try using h264ify. It's an extension that forces YouTube to stream in H.264 instead of VP9. Your GTX 970 has a built in H.264 decoder, which'll take a huge load off the processor.

mATX LGA2011 | i7-4930k @ 4.3GHz | 32GB DDR3-2133 | GTX 970 | Rampage IV Gene
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#1
May 1, 2017 at 20:40:27
Junk Build up.
Run Disk Clean Up, check off nearly everything to clean & OK it.
Clear out your Browser History.
Disable or remove browser add ons not used (especially Ask.com, Yahoo, & Google Tool Bars).
Run CCleaner.
Run Malwarebytes.
When at idle, look in Task Manager to see what programs are using CPU & memory. Use Start Up features on CCleaner to manage start up items (or do it manually).

Update Adobe Flash Player (though if not needed sometimes better to disable or make as 'ask before activating').
Update graphics Driver.
Post back results with more details on system specs.

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#2
May 2, 2017 at 17:00:48
1. Ran disk cleanup
2. cleared browser history
3. No browser add-ons
4. Ran ccleaner
5. Ran malwarebytes
6. CPU usage at idle is 0%
7. Updated Adobe Flash player
8. Graphics driver is up to date.

My computer is a Dell Precision T3400, qx9650 cpu, Nvidia quadro Fx 1700, 8gb ddr2, 160gb 7200rpm

I notice i get better cpu usage and smoother playback when streaming a 4k vid on youtube on chrome rather then firefox.

This also happens to another computer that has the GTX 970 as i noted above.

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#3
May 5, 2017 at 10:52:15
Then it is probably your internet connection/service.
Restart Modem and Router (or modem/router combo device).
Wired or Wifi to your router? If Wifi, see if wired (Cat5, etc.) and see if that is better.
Run an internet speed test from a local site to see if your connection is on par with your neighbors and provider.
If speed is slow and modem/router are old, consider replacing (or trading up if supplied by ISP).
If router is separate then see what network speed and Wifi protocols it supports. See also what your computer NIC and Wifi speed/protocol is supported. In many cases these can be upgraded.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


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#4
May 7, 2017 at 18:50:04
I have Time Warner high speed internet service. I believe 200 or 300mbps.
I am wired to my modem by way of router splitter.
My modem is about 3yrs old, i got it brand new.
I restarted my modem, same results.

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#5
May 7, 2017 at 20:49:24
Please list your power supply make and model. With the GTX970 which has a decent current draw (Amperage) you may be starving it a bit under load.
How many 12Volt rails and what are the Amperage ratings of each?
In HWMonitor what are the primary voltages? 12V, 5V, and 3.3V all should be within 5% of their nominal values +/- at idle as well as under load. If they all do not show up in HWMonitor there are other programs or you can go into BIOS set up for the idle voltages at least.

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May 7, 2017 at 22:12:09
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The QX9650 is what, 9 years old now? Youtube uses VP9 video encoding and the GTX 970 doesn't have a hardware VP9 decoder. Your processor has to do all of the heavy lifting, and decoding 4K video all in software is going to require something like a Core i5.

Since you're on Chrome, try using h264ify. It's an extension that forces YouTube to stream in H.264 instead of VP9. Your GTX 970 has a built in H.264 decoder, which'll take a huge load off the processor.

mATX LGA2011 | i7-4930k @ 4.3GHz | 32GB DDR3-2133 | GTX 970 | Rampage IV Gene
512GB/4TB/BDXL | Win 10 Pro

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#7
May 10, 2017 at 17:32:54
My Dell t3400 has the original 525W power supply. This machine has the quadro fx1700.
The other one with the gtx970 i won't bother digging through all my stuff, but this one has at least a 500 watt power supply, i don't remember what brand i think it's a thermaltake.

I have no idea about the other details.

However, i do agree with jackbomb. I kind of had a hunch that that was the case with the cpu being that old because back then there was no 4k video to support.

how do i enable h264ify in firefox? I have installed it.


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#8
May 10, 2017 at 18:02:34
Ok i figured out how to enable it in firefox and in chrome. Cpu usage is still 100% in firefox. In chrome the vids run nice and smooth and cpu usage has lowered dramatically.

Thanks for that tip jackbomb!


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