Can Lucidlogix Right Sandy Bridge’s Wrongs? Virtu, Previewed

Benchmark Results: The Exceptions, Explained

Not all of our testing went perfectly. But in most cases, there was a good explanation, or a fix we could expect to see in the future with updated software.

For example, Virtu supports Aliens Vs. Predator. However, we use the game’s benchmark demo to generate performance scores. Because the executable isn’t recognized, we simply get an error upon launching the game, since HD Graphics doesn’t support DirectX 11. Had we had the option to add a title manually, we could have gotten this one working.

HAWX simply isn’t resident in Lucidlogix's white list. Again, we could have added this one manually if the functionality were enabled. But because a DirectX 9 path is available, this title does fire up and run on Intel’s HD Graphics core.

Also not on Lucidlogix’s list, Just Cause 2 stutters along on a different code path. Why does AMD’s card look faster than Nvidia’s? Certain features are only enabled on the GeForce cards. Enabled, they add interesting visuals, but also slow things down.

Metro is also supported. However, the benchmark app responsible for automating the Frontline demo isn’t called metro2033.exe. So, it didn’t run on either discrete card. In order to double-check support, we fired up the actual game and played through part of the first level with Virtu properly enabled until it blue-screened, citing an interrupt issue. It seems that the ability to spot-check performance with Virtu turned on is limited to benchmarks that can be run within each game, be it a built-in metric of FRAPS-based run, until we get a copy of the software with access to the white list.

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  • AMD's Fusion stuff integrates without needing software though right?
  • I'm pretty sure that Fusion only works with AMD parts, but the idea whould be the same. Anybody else remember this company's ads on the side of some of Tom's articles?
  • I wonder how much the Z68 will cost.
  • I suppose a multi-monitor setup, main screen for gaming on the discrete card (assuming game only uses that one screen), secondary on the Z68 Output of the Intel HD card, will not have any need for this, and just run perfectly.

    Thats how i will roll, once Z68 gets out.
  • sounds cool, although the whitelist could be a deal-breaker for a lot of people.
  • seems like we are heading to what voodoo graphics and TV tuners were doing long long time ago. just now over the PCIe bus.

    I wonder why it's so difficult to map framebuffers and create virtual screens ?
  • I dont want a cheap graphic solution producing heat along my precious CPU...
  • This sounds like software technology that should be built straight into OS's, instead of added as separate layers... maybe OS manufacturer's need to wake up (*cough* Microsoft)
  • I already sent back my sandy bridge setup, that's to bad. Guess it's Intel's loss huh?
  • This is another absolutely useless piece of crap. Why in the world would you put deal with another stupid layer and why would you use Intel integrated graphic chip (or any integrated solution) along with your dedicated video card???

    Conclusion of this article is...don't go with such nonsense solution.
  • (unrelated to article)
    Dear Tom's,
    your pull down menu for page navigation sucks. I mean it really really sucks. I am so annoyed that it makes me want to stop reading the articles. It is the worst design of any webpage. I use IE, Firefox, and Chrome. It's very hard to jump through pages using the pull down menu. Please fix the style of it.
  • Again Intel and AMD move to integrate graphic chip into CPU is good for mobile useless for anything else. It is far from being smart solution for desktops unless they can pack GTX580 capable card into....mmmm i don't think so.
  • I'm sorry but Intel seriously didn't bother to allow you to do transcoding with the EPUs with a discreet card?? WTF are they thinking!?
  • @HP79

    I agree with you. You guys need to implement partial rendering on this site. It is annoying how much it flickers on post back actions.
  • I've been asking for using the integrated GPU for GPGPU purposes, and the discrete for gaming for a year now.
    It seems like we're slowly getting there.
    I'd like to run PhysX, but why not on the HD 3000 instead of a second $200 card, requiring a more meaty power supply, better cooling etc.?
  • Why care about quick sync when you have a discrete GPU?
  • Who needs this ? Mobile users can use Optimus, as part of native NVidia drivers. And for desktops, why do I need this at all ?
  • I wished the intel graphics could be used for most desktop activities, and the discrete card as main monitor connector for games, using a dual monitor setup.
    It's a much easier, and much better approach!

    Play games on the discrete, while your desktop is showing on the other monitor.
  • ^^-*edit while your desktop is showing through the intel card*
  • sblantipodiWhy care about quick sync when you have a discrete GPU?

    Because the discrete GPU can't do what Quick Sync does :)