Edge Chromium dropping frames on YouTube videos

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Hello (system specs are on the end of the post).

I've both Edge Chromium dev (Version 83.0.478.10 (Official build) dev (64-bit)) and Edge Chromium (Version 81.0.416.58 (Official build) (64-bit)) installed, the browsers are fast overall but the problem is, every time I watch a video on YouTube, there are lots of dropped frames. The thing is, with Firefox I've almost no dropped frames, and with Edge, I've like 300 times as many dropped frames.
For example, in this 8K YouTube video I've one dropped frame in Firefox (and it's in the beginning, so it's irrelevant): 

WN4cot

 

While I've 393 dropped frames in Edge Chromium (both versions):

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I've hardware acceleration turned on, if I turn it off, the videos become unwatchable (lots of dropped frames, as CPU can't keep up).

Do you know if there is something that can be done in order to fix it, or is Edge Chromium just slower?

Best regards.

 

System specs

 

Operating System
Windows 10 Pro 64-bit 1909 build 18363.778
CPU
AMD Ryzen 7 1800X 53 °C
Summit Ridge 14nm Technology
RAM
32,0GB Dual-Channel Unknown @ 1199MHz (17-17-17-39)
Motherboard
ASRock X370 Taichi (AM4) 31 °C
Graphics
LG HDR 4K (3840x2160@60Hz)
ROG PG279Q (2560x1440@144Hz)
3071MB NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti (MSI) driver version 445.75
Storage
7452GB Seagate ST8000VN0022-2EL112 (SATA ) 35 °C
238GB OCZ-VERTEX4 (SATA (SSD))
3726GB Western Digital WDC WD40EFRX-68WT0N0 (SATA ) 33 °C
931GB Samsung SSD 850 EVO 1TB (SATA (SSD)) 33 °C
931GB SAMSUNG HD103SJ USB Device (USB (SATA) ) 35 °C
2328GB Western Digital WDC WD25 EZRX-00MMMB0 USB Device (USB (SATA) ) 35 °C
Optical Drives
ASUS BW-16D1HT
Audio
High Definition Audio Device

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@Fumega Thanks for reaching out and letting us know. We take performance issues seriously and would love to look into this more deeply. Two questions for you:

  1. Based on the specs you included, do you have Firefox installed on one of your SSDs while MS Edge is on a SATA drive?
  2. Our media team would love to securely collect some more diagnostics on this with our secure in-browser feedback tool. To make sure that would get routed to them ASAP, we can give you a code to include in the description text. Would you be comfortable doing that? If so, please send me a private message, and I'll generate the code for you.

Fawkes (they/them)
Project & Community Manager - Microsoft Edge

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@fawkes 

 

Hello fawkes.

All the browsers are installed on the Samsung SSD 850 EVO 1TB.

Regarding the tool, I'll send you a private message.

Best regards.

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@Fumega I shared this thread with the team, and after looking into this, they're found our current performance to be comparable with other browsers, but also note that performance may be affected by hardware. However, I am happy to confirm that they're actively looking into improving the mechanics behind this.

 

Fawkes (they/them)
Project & Community Manager - Microsoft Edge

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Hello,
Were you able to resolve this? I am having the same issue. Chromium Edge drops a lot of frames, Chrome drop very little while Firefox drops no frame.
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@Zaheer_id Thanks for following-up on this, and welcome to the MSFT Edge Insider's community! While I am not aware of any further developments, it looks like the team will be working on it soon.

 

Fawkes (they/them)
Program Manager & Community Manager - Microsoft Edge

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@fawkes - hi exactly the same issue here - edge version 81 (which uses the old renderer) no dropped frames on 4k hdr using an intel i9 with nvidia 2060  (asus zenbook pro duo) -  version 85, 20 dropped frames a second using exactly the same youtube settings (3840 x 2160, windows scaling off...)

The new renderer doesn't perform anywhere near as well as the old one no  matter what flags i use etc....

Also, any chance of fixing hdr so that it maintains similar brightness levels and saturation/gamma across apps? i have to manually adjust brightness, contrast and saturation with virtually every app and game that has hdr :(