I've tried runing several games through it so far. Planetside 2 has been unplayable at every graphics setting, but this could be due to poor optimization on SOE's behalf. Metro 2033 is has extremely low framerates on medium settings in any actual gameplay situation (i.e. anything but climbing a ladder.) Even Guild Wars 2 will only get between 10-25 FPS with the highest settings. And to make it worse, Minecraft has sometimes been jittery and difficult to play.
All of this makes me think I did something wrong. I've installed all the drivers from ASRock's website, as well as Nvidia's. I updated Windows 7 completely. At first I had a lot of trouble with blue screens, but it seems to be stable with all the updates/drivers. Does anyone have any troubleshooting tips? I feel like a system that was this expensive and fairly well researched and put together should be performing much better. The only thing that I think could be off is the RAM. I am using 2 different brands due to an oversight on my part, but with the same size and speed. Should I uninstall two of the sticks?
I was also gonna point this out too :-) But I figured that when a graphics card is installed, it automatically becomes the default output? Or is it motherboard-dependant? I don't have integrated graphics so my knowledge on it is a bit dated.
Can't remember either off the top of my head - just trying to reduce possible contributing factors
But I *think* you can run monitors off both if they are both enabled. Plus, if you have VirtuMVP you can send frames from the GPU through the integrated output if you so desire (the software driver decides what the GPU renders and what the integrated renders to save power when possible - I messed with it a little then chucked it out the window).
Yeah the integrated graphics can come in handy... I'm using an i7 920 (no IGP) so when my card died, I was screwed until I dug up an old 4870 I'd held onto. Integrated really is valuable as an emergency fallback.