GPU accelerated rendering lands in Firefox nightly build
The gfx.font value above is a new about:config value which toggles GPU accelerated rendering via DirectX 11's DirectWrite and Direct2D. Like many newly-added features, it's disabled by default -- here's how to flip the switch:
- head to about:config and search for gfx.font
- double click gfx.font_rendering.directwrite.enabled to enable it
- right-click and create a new integer called mozilla.widget.render-mode
- enter 6 for the value
- restart Firefox
Microsoft had announced back in November that Internet Explorer 9 will leverage the technologies, but Mozilla has beaten them to the punch -- at least publicly. No telling when the general public will get an IE9 preview.
If you're up for it, put your GPU to good use -- download and install the latest Minefield build, enable DirectWrite, and share your experience in the comments!