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.

Chris Angelini
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.