Intel licenses Lucid’s Virtu software for Sandy Bridge mobos

Intel motherboards tend to be shunned by enthusiasts, but select models based on H67 and upcoming Z68 chipsets will look a little more appealing thanks Lucid Technologies’ Virtu software. Showcased at CES earlier this year, Virtu allows users to enjoy to enjoy the Quick Sync video transcoding mojo built into Sandy Bridge CPUs while running a discrete graphics card. Without the software, Sandy’s transcoding logic can only be tapped by systems running off the CPU’s integrated graphics processor.

Virtu is currently available as a free 30-day trial for anyone with an H61 or H67 motherboard. Intel has licensed the software for use with some of its products, and I suspect other motherboard makers will soon follow suit, especially as the Z68’s arrival approaches.

The news that Virtu has been licensed for Intel’s Z68 boards is a little troubling, though. The chipset was expected to be a restriction-free affair that allowed users to overclock K-series CPUs, which is currently limited to P67 chipsets, and enjoy Quick Sync transcoding, which only works with H61 and H67 motherboards right now. The ability to run a discrete graphics card alongside Quick Sync was thought to be a part of the package, but it appears that Virtu will be necessary to make that work. Bummer.

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    • Forge
    • 9 years ago

    My ideal is to use a discrete GPU for the main monitor and secondary, and have the Intel on-CPU stuff driving monitor #3 and doing Quick Sync. Is that possible with the current options?

    • xeridea
    • 9 years ago

    APRIL FOOLS YOU FOOLS!!!!

    • srg86
    • 9 years ago

    I’m guessing this is all Windows only, if so:

    No Linux Support = Don’t care about this thing.

      • blorbic5
      • 9 years ago

      According to there website it’s for Windows 7 and vista only. The software seems to use direct X.

    • NeelyCam
    • 9 years ago

    No – the point of Z68 was that you can overclock AND use the integrated GPU.

    [s<]FP.[/s<] Edit: dammit...

      • blorbic5
      • 9 years ago

      the point of Z68 was that you can overclock AND use the integrated GPU when in low GPU intensive work and switch to the discrete when in high intensive.

      Fixed 🙂

        • NeelyCam
        • 9 years ago

        Touche

          • sweatshopking
          • 9 years ago

          touche me… later

        • PrincipalSkinner
        • 9 years ago

        Yeah. You just unplug the cable from discrete card and plug it in the mobo. Right.

    • blorbic5
    • 9 years ago

    So after the 30 day trial how much does it cost? Also does it let the discrete card power down completly when not in use?

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