Hardware acceleration is the process of transferring the task of computing from the computer’s software to hardware components that are specialized. This is done to increase the speed or efficiency of an application, but most often both. Hardware acceleration can take a difficult task that normally would require your CPU, and delegate it to a hardware component that’s a expert in one area but can do it with ease which may reduce processing time and enhance performance.
For instance in video editing/rendering software Hardware acceleration is used to shift complex tasks like 3D rendering and complex animation from the central processor to an exclusive graphics processor. This allows the GPU to complete these tasks faster and more efficient than the CPU, thereby improving overall program performance.
The same concept is used in web browsers. Most of them use hardware acceleration as their default. This enables faster page loading times smoother animations as well as higher framerates in games. In turn, it decreases the usage of CPUs and also saves energy on mobile devices.
However, this may be a disadvantage too. If your computer is not handling the hardware acceleration (often known as lag) you may want to turn it off. To do this, open Chrome and type chrome://flags into your address bar. Then, move the Override software rendering slider completely towards None. You may be asked to restart your browser. Daisy is an editor at senior level for EaseUS and has been writing for more than 10 years.