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Test Setup, Benchmarks, And Video Transcoding

Can Lucidlogix Right Sandy Bridge’s Wrongs? Virtu, Previewed
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Test Hardware
Processors
Intel Core i7-2600K (Sandy Bridge) 3.4 GHz at 3.4 GHz (34 * 100 MHz), LGA 1155, 8 MB Shared L3, Hyper-Threading enabled, Power-savings enabled
Motherboard
Unnamed Z68 Motherboard (LGA 1155) Intel Z68 Express
Memory
Kingston 8 GB (4 x 2 GB) DDR3-1333, KHX2000C8D3T1K3/6GX @ 8-8-8-24 and 1.65 V
Hard Drive
Intel SSDSA2M160G2GC 160 GB SATA 3Gb/s
Graphics
Nvidia GeForce GTX 580 1.5 GB

AMD Radeon HD 6970 2 GB
Power Supply
Cooler Master UCP-1000 W
System Software And Drivers
Operating System
Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
DirectX
DirectX 11
Graphics DriverAMD Catalyst 11.2

Nvidia GeForce Release 266.58
Games
Lost Planet 2
Highest Quality Settings, 4xAA / No AF, vsync off, 1920x1080, DirectX 11, Steam version
Just Cause 2
Highest Quality Settings, 4x AA / 16x AF, vsync off, 1920x1080, Bokeh filter and GPU water enabled (for Nvidia cards), Concrete Jungle Benchmark
Metro 2033
High Quality Settings, AAA / 4x AF, 1920x1080, Built-in Benchmark, Steam version
F1 2010
Ultra High Settings, 4x AA / No AF, 1920x1080, Steam version, Custom benchmark script, DX11 Rendering
Aliens Vs. Predator Benchmark
Ultra Quality Settings, SSAO, 4x MSAA / No AF, vsync off, 1920x1080
Battlefield: Bad Company 2
Custom (Highest) Quality Settings, 4x MSAA / 16xAF, 1920x1080, opening cinematic, 145 second sequence, FRAPS
3DMark11
Performance Default
HAWX 2
Highest Quality Settings, 4x AA, 1920x1200, Retail Version, Built-in Benchmark, Tessellation on
World of Warcraft: Cataclysm
Ultra Quality Settings, 4x AA / 16x AF, From Crushblow to The Krazzworks, 1920x1080, FRAPS, DirectX 9 Rendering


Benchmark Results: Video Transcoding

The entire reason to lust after an app like Virtu is its ability to expose access to the best features from one graphics vendor without blocking access to the capabilities from another vendor. In this case, we’re talking about Intel’s Quick Sync technology and the DirectX 11-based performance of modern discrete cards.

Before we jump into the 3D tests, let’s first be sure we’re getting the full benefit of Quick Sync.

Death Race Trailer, Virtu Enabled
Time (s)
Core i7-2600K w/ Quick Sync
:17
Core i7-2600K w/o Quick Sync
1:31


With our display attached to Intel’s HD Graphics engine, CyberLink’s MediaEspresso 6.5 recognizes its capabilities immediately. With Quick Sync enabled, we converted our 1080p trailer of Death Race to an iPad-compatible (1024x768) video in 17 seconds. With acceleration turned off, the process took 1:31 on Intel’s quad-core Core i7-2600K.

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