Lucid Virtu now available for select Intel motherboards
Our friends at LucidLogix just sent me an e-mail letting me know a full version of Virtu is now available to download from Intel for select boards.
While Sandy Bridge graphics handles most HTPC duties perfectly well there are some cases for a discrete GPU such as “proper” 24p support. What Virtu does is let you utilize discrete GPUs and Intel Quick Sync for transcoding. Normally QuickSync would be disabled unless the on-board graphics card was active. At CES we had a demo and were impressed.
This is also pretty slick for consciences gamers who want the power of a discrete GPU when they are gaming but otherwise would prefer to use the on-board, low power GPU. I have a NIDIA GTX 570HD that I’m eager to test with.
Virtu allows systems to simultaneously take full advantage of both the low-power best-in-class media processing features of the 2nd generation Intel® CoreTM processor graphics and the 3D gaming performance of add-in cards with graphics processing units (GPU).
With Lucid’s Virtu it is now possible to run one or two discrete GPUs and still utilize the transcoding performance and lower power of the 2nd generation Intel® CoreTM processor.
For more information, refer to the LucidLogix website.
Important: Virtu requires certain BIOS versions to be installed prior to use.
– For DZ68DB: download and install BIOS version 0014 or later
– For DH67BL, DH67GD or DH67CL: download and install BIOS 0110 or later