Lucid Virtu and Intel Quick Sync: Pairing GPUs

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Lucid Virtu and Intel Quick Sync: Pairing GPUsIntel's Sandy Bridge processors have won acclaim for their hardware-accelerated video transcoding capabilities, dubbed Quick Sync, but there are significant limitations in the current iteration. LucidLogix, a company that's heretofore been known for its multi-GPU Hydra hardware, has developed a software-only solution named Virtu that it claims will solve one of the major issues that prevent enthusiasts from taking advantage of Sandy Bridge's transcoding performance, however.

When used in conjunction with an H57 motherboard, Virtu allows for both a discrete GPU and Sandy Bridge's integrated GPU to function simultaneously, apart from a few quirks...

Lucid Virtu and Intel Quick Sync: Pairing GPUs

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realneil replied on Thu, Mar 17 2011 12:46 PM

I'd like to see Intel enable all of the capabilities of Sandy Bridge, all of the time, without the need for third party hardware and/or software to make it happen.

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Joel H replied on Thu, Mar 17 2011 2:07 PM


Since Intel is a significant investor in Lucid, I think Virtu *is* their solution this time around. The Z68 chipset will allow for simultaneous CPU and GPU overclocking, but I believe it still shuts off the integrated GPU if a discrete card is inserted. The difference is that Virtu *will* be able to enable transcoding on the Z68, where it can't do so with the P67.

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Was this done with the Radeon being virtualized or the Sandy Bridge GPU being so? I think I saw both options being used and the one where the Intel GPU was virtualized yield much better results with increase compatibility and performance.

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Sounds like very interesting technology on the horizon

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rapid1 replied on Wed, Mar 23 2011 12:45 AM

Is this on the PC in the contest? I thought I heard someone say it was, can you imagine 2 Nvidia beast plus this! I know I can't.

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DScheive replied on Wed, Mar 23 2011 5:54 AM

I cant wait for the z68... these 2nd generation chipsets etc... are amazing and getting me back into the Build-your-own-pc world :D

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Joel H replied on Wed, Mar 23 2011 9:21 PM

The system I ran these tests on is a standard testbed. The giveaway system is something different.

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