Blu-Ray playback is a relatively simple affair on recent hardware, just install the latest drivers then tweak the display settings to the preferred level. If we want to pass some of the video processing to our GPU (including on-board support) we can do so by going into the software options and ticking the hardware acceleration box and of course we can output via HDMI to a TV on the Blade.
With GPU acceleration in place the CPU usage statistic for Blu-Ray playback never rises above 9% on the Razer system leaving plenty of resources free for other tasks.
In our second playback test we look at a 1080p clip on YouTube and it is clear that viewing content at this resolution is a task which the system breezes through.
Video Conversion: GPU Computing
As with most modern systems we can use the GPU within the Blade to speed up come CPU related tasks. This includes video encoding in software like Cyberlink MediaEspresso.
As the results above show there is a clear benefit to CPU use and encoding time when enabling GPU computing on the Razer Blade.