How to learn the identity of the graphics card?

Kevin Rushforth kevin.rushforth at
Fri Aug 1 14:41:01 UTC 2014

Mike Hearn wrote:
>     Scott is correct about the determining of the SW pipeline. To add
>     to that, if knowing whether you are running on SW is sufficient
> Unfortunately for the Intel HD4000 card that some older laptops have, 
> it technically supports 3D but struggles to do basic shader effects at 
> 60fps when running at high pixel densities. I think I posted about 
> this problem before. Simpler animations work better (just) but I'd 
> prefer to only fall back to that when necessary.
>     I think the suggestion about starting out assuming that animation
>     will be OK and then backing off is a good one, if it is practical
>     for your application.
> Given that I'll be bundling a JVM with the app anyway I think it'd be 
> easier and give a better UX to just patch JavaFX to expose this data 
> using an API specific to my app. It obviously has it because when 
> running with Prism debug logging the info is printed.

Yes, that would work, if you are willing to patch your JavaFX, and 
shouldn't be too hard.

-- Kevin

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