I'm working on an application tailored to high end gaming processors like the Core i7-5900 series. I want to use Intel's hardware video decoding, as I need to decode large images (several simultaneous 4k h.264 streams.)
Unfortunately, it seems that the QuickSync hardware video decode support is limited to lower end processors that have integrated graphics.
Is there a solution for this that I'm not seeing, like some way to enable the hardware video decoder on this processor, or a processor with similar power *and* video decoder hardware built in?
I believe you are using the system with higher number of cores i.e. http://ark.intel.com/products/series/82940/Intel-Core-i7-5900-Desktop-Processor-Extreme-Edition-Series. Most of our processor comes with integrated graphics card to use Quick sync technology(hardware acceleration of video codecs) but there are few exception to like in high end desktop as you mentioned where there is no integrated graphics card attached because with such high end processor assumption customer will use a discrete card.
However they are other powerful processor with integrated graphics as well but not with system with more than 4 cores.
6th generation - http://ark.intel.com/products/family/88392/6th-Generation-Intel-Core-i7-Processors#@Desktop
5th generation - http://ark.intel.com/products/family/84979/5th-Generation-Intel-Core-i7-Processors#@Desktop