AMD Fluid Motion performance on old APU soc APU插帧小考
After I solved the BIOS problem of A9-9430 soc board, it’s running with windows 10 and make it as my AMD powered HTPC.
You may wonder why I choose Excavator Family APU for this, since it not even powerful as sandy bridge or ivy bridge cpu. Short answer is: because it’s a cheapest way to have both Fluid Motion and 4K HEVC supported.
Time goes back to a few years ago. When it was th first time I saw video with 60fps, which was amazing.
The video was convert from 30fps or 24fps, the technology was provided by AMD Fluid Motion, i.e. AFM.
AFM was released with GCN GPU and integrated APU (GCN ), there was just a ON/OFF switch by default, powerDVD might be a 3rd party video player software support to AFM at the first place. it’s not user friendly at the begin, until we have Bluesky Frame Rate Converter.
For how to use and the tutorial, you can easily find instruction from the internet. What I would like to findout is the buttom line hardware for 1080P 60Hz fluid motion capablility.
Probably by the limitation of only 3CU of GPU (Unified shader processors (USPs): Texture mapping units (TMUs): Render output units (ROPs). 1 CU (Compute Unit) = 64 USPs: 4 TMUs : 1 ROPs), A9-9430 works fine with AFM when the video is just 720P, the usage of GPU is about less than 70%, but when you try with 1080P video, it just won’t reach 60FPS, the result was from 45FPS to 55FPS.
Since A9-9430 is Stoney Ridge APU with GCN 3rd GPU, maybe with same generation APU contain more than 4CU like A6-9500E, GX-420GI
or maybe 3CU with next gen APU, actually when I started with the article writing it was 2019, and now I’ve already upgrade the HTPC with Althon 200GE APU, which is 3CU of GCN 5th APU, the test result turns out Althon 200GE can cover 1080P video 60Hz fluid motion, surely the video should be GPU decoding.
About A6-9500E or GX-420GI can cover 1080P video 60Hz fluid motion or not, I don’t have answer now. Please looking forward to the encoter of cheap HP T630 thinclient machine.
And for 4K video 60Hz fluid motion, the answer from internet says buttom line hardware are 3400G with slightly overclock and HD7770 .
It’s a shame that AMD removed Fluid Motion ASIC from Navi GPU, the function will not work with newer GPU to RX5000 series or Ryzen APU 6000 series.