Very High Power Usage When Viewing Videos

Description of the issue:
How can this issue be reproduced?

  1. Task Manage shows Very High Power use when viewing YouTube. This is new.
  2. Issue appears every time I view YouTube, even with Test Profile.
  3. Only seems to appear when video in use.
  4. This effect seems to happen when I am on the YouTube site, whether I’m playing a video or not.

Expected result:
Browser eventually slows to a crawl and then stops functioning.

Brave Version( check About Brave):
Version 1.28.106 Chromium: 92.0.4515.159 (Official Build) (64-bit)

Additional Information:
I don’t use Chrome, but I installed it to check the results, got more or less the same issue. I notice a message in Task Manager that says “GPU Video Decode” that fluctuates quite a bit.

Tried using the Chrome experimental speed up recommendations, no noticeable effect. Turned off acceleration, no noticeable effect. Tried test profile, no noticeable effect. Cleared cache, no noticeable effect.

When running YouTube on a much less powerful adjacent PC this issue does not appear. It seems like this is something happening due to a system specific problem.

Here are some basic system specs -

  • Operating System - Windows 10 Pro 64-bit
  • CPU - Intel Core i7 2600K @ 3.40GHz 132 °F Sandy Bridge 32nm Technology
  • RAM - 16.0GB Dual-Channel DDR3 @ 799MHz (8-9-8-24)
  • Motherboard - ASUSTeK Computer INC. P8P67 PRO (LGA1155) 85 °F
  • Graphics - XB321HK (3840x2160@60Hz)
    3071MB NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti (EVGA) 92 °F
  • Storage - 232GB INTEL SSDSC2MH250A2 (SATA (SSD))
    931GB Western Digital WDC WD1002FAEX-00Z3A0 (SATA ) 85 °F
  • Optical Drives - ASUS DRW-24B3LT
  • Audio - Creative X-Fi Audio Processor (WDM)
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It’ll depend on how much hardware acceleration can be done via your graphics card. When playing back videos, try lowering the quality see if that helps.
This extension may help also:

Thank you for your post Fanboynz.

I tried the codec extension, it did not seem to have any effect. Thanks again though.

Does using Brave in private mode help? and is there a specific video causing higher power usage?

Browsing in Private mode does not have any positive effect. All videos on YouTube and just being on the website without playing videos creates this scenario. Playing videos on my system in VLC or some other video program does not have this effect. It just seems to be YouTube. I appreciate the help.

is GPU Acceleration enabled in brave://settings/system ? Does changing video resolution improve the power usage? also check the windows task manager (view the CPU and GPU usage),

Do you mean Hardware Acceleration? There is no GPC Acceleration listed. The video resolution doesn’t seem to matter at all. The Task Manager is where I’m seeing the High level of power usage.

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