[Review] Flash 10.1 RC4 to the Rescue?


There have been ups and downs in the Flash 10.1 betas and release candidates. My personal favorites are at the beginning of each which are Beta 1 and RC 1. Both of these seemed to be the most stable on the Revo and had great flash playback. Just after about a month of the first RC Adobe is hard at work fixing bugs and is already up to the 4th RC. I went with a different approach this time with this release and updated my Nvidia ION drivers to the latest Beta. I am not usually a fan of updating my drivers, as my general belief is if they aren't broke don't try to fix them. I made a full Image backup of my machine just incase the drivers messed up anything.

After uninstalling both my drivers and flash 10.1 RC1 I rebooted and continued on with installing the latest of each. After another restart I was ready to go. I first loaded up the brand new Hulu and playback was fantastic at 480p full screen. I then headed over to YouTbe and loaded the Iron Man 2 trailer at full 1080p in fullscreen mode. I monitored the CPU usage and found that it was only using 30 to 40% of total CPU usage which was pretty impressive. Playback was beautiful and I would say the best it has been.

I next started up Hulu Desktop and just like always it had absolutely great playback. This was never really a problem so I didn't do too much testing. With this great success I decided to test out Boxee for fun even though I knew it wouldn't work. Sure enough it didn't however this time it really looked like it wanted to play back flash content correctly, but every video was cut in half and I couldn't ever get it to work smoothly. The last test which is a bit tricky is InternetTV inside of WMC. I loaded up an episode of Undercover boss and at first it was absolutely choppy. This was a bit disappointing, but after about a minute or 2 everything seemed to smooth out. I am not sure if it was Flash or just InternetTV messing up so I decided to try out an episode of NCIS which is a pretty decent show. The intro Sprint ad played just fine which gave me better hopes for the show, and to my surprise it was actually pretty smooth. not the absolute best, but I thought it was reasonably watchable.

One last thing I decided to test out was to make sure the latest Nvidia drivers didn't break my live tv or any other content inside of WMC. Success all around as everything played just fine! So go ahead and update your drivers and Flash 10.1! You will find the links in the post below this one. Enjoy and leave your feedback.

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  1. Nice review and site.

    I’ve too found that RC-4 works well in most applications, but not as well as RC-1.

    As a boxee beta tester & forum S-mod and Revo 3610 owner, I’ve found that due to Boxee’s increased CPU usage + playing flash on the 1600 is just too much for the single core Revo. That’s where the 3610 really shines. With dual cores and 4 threads, it can better handle the added cpu demand of playing flash content with boxee. (I’ve tested a few 1600′s for friends to set them up ;-) As well as boxee forum users.)

    Flash RC-4 does hit the CPU very hard on the 3610 when using Boxee Beta, now at nearly 60%. Anything over 70% will make the 3610 lag too. With RC1 or 2 it was 25%-35% as it should be depending upon the show, player and episode encoding. So, like in the Flash P series, I”m back to RC-1. I’m sure the Adobe devs will get things fine tuned as it develops further.

    T Hanks for posting some good Revo 1600 info!

  2. I confirm that Boxee / RC4 works pretty well on Revo 3610.

    Previously unusable (with Flash 10.0) TV series run much smother with 10.1 RC4 in Boxee. I’m sure (well, I hope) that final release will be more optimized in regards to CPU usage.

    Thanks for the site, it was the last drop that pushed me to acquire Revo 3610, and I’m glad that I did. It’s a great little box.

    P.S. I still have to figure out how to attach the included mount behind a monitor. :)

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