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

Test Setup, Benchmarks, And Video Transcoding

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Test Hardware
ProcessorsIntel 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
MotherboardUnnamed Z68 Motherboard (LGA 1155) Intel Z68 Express
MemoryKingston 8 GB (4 x 2 GB) DDR3-1333, KHX2000C8D3T1K3/6GX @ 8-8-8-24 and 1.65 V
Hard DriveIntel SSDSA2M160G2GC 160 GB SATA 3Gb/s
GraphicsNvidia GeForce GTX 580 1.5 GB
Row 5 - Cell 0 AMD Radeon HD 6970 2 GB
Power SupplyCooler Master UCP-1000 W
System Software And Drivers
Operating SystemWindows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
DirectXDirectX 11
Graphics DriverAMD Catalyst 11.2
Row 11 - Cell 0 Nvidia GeForce Release 266.58
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Lost Planet 2Highest Quality Settings, 4xAA / No AF, vsync off, 1920x1080, DirectX 11, Steam version
Just Cause 2Highest Quality Settings, 4x AA / 16x AF, vsync off, 1920x1080, Bokeh filter and GPU water enabled (for Nvidia cards), Concrete Jungle Benchmark
Metro 2033High Quality Settings, AAA / 4x AF, 1920x1080, Built-in Benchmark, Steam version
F1 2010Ultra High Settings, 4x AA / No AF, 1920x1080, Steam version, Custom benchmark script, DX11 Rendering
Aliens Vs. Predator BenchmarkUltra Quality Settings, SSAO, 4x MSAA / No AF, vsync off, 1920x1080
Battlefield: Bad Company 2Custom (Highest) Quality Settings, 4x MSAA / 16xAF, 1920x1080, opening cinematic, 145 second sequence, FRAPS
3DMark11Performance Default
HAWX 2Highest Quality Settings, 4x AA, 1920x1200, Retail Version, Built-in Benchmark, Tessellation on
World of Warcraft: CataclysmUltra 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.

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Death Race Trailer, Virtu EnabledTime (s)
Core i7-2600K w/ Quick Sync:17
Core i7-2600K w/o Quick Sync1:31

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.

Chris Angelini is an Editor Emeritus at Tom's Hardware US. He edits hardware reviews and covers high-profile CPU and GPU launches.
  • rhino13
    AMD's Fusion stuff integrates without needing software though right?
  • mister g
    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?
  • jemm
    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.
  • user 18
    sounds cool, although the whitelist could be a deal-breaker for a lot of people.
  • haplo602
    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 ?
  • tommysch
    I dont want a cheap graphic solution producing heat along my precious CPU...
  • RobinPanties
    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)
  • truehighroller
    I already sent back my sandy bridge setup, that's to bad. Guess it's Intel's loss huh?
  • lradunovic77
    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.