Virtu MVP goes mobile, arrives on Origin laptops

Lucid’s Virtu MVP graphics virtualization software is already supported by a substantial number of desktop motherboards. Now, the software is becoming available on notebooks—and, according to Lucid, it’s making its first mobile appearance on Origin’s Eon laptops.

Virtu MVP virtualizes the system’s graphics hardware, which enables seamless and dynamic switching between integrated and discrete GPUs. That capability incurs power-saving benefits, of course, much like Nvidia’s Optimus and AMD’s Enduro technologies. Virtu MVP allows the integrated and discrete GPUs to join forces, which can speed up rendering, as well.

But Virtu MVP goes beyond simple virtualization. It includes a custom vsync implementation, Virtual Vsync, which allows in-game frame rates to go beyond the display’s refresh rate (typically 60 Hz) without causing screen tearing. That approach is purported to improve input responsiveness over traditional vsync. Lucid’s HyperFormance technology supplements Virtual Vsync by partially rendering frames that don’t make it to the display. Lucid claims HyperFormance increases frame rates—and thus responsiveness—by up to 30%. Virtual Vsync and HyperFormance aren’t supported in every game, however.

Origin’s Eon17-SLX Pro gaming notebook. Source: Origin.

Origin says it’s now offering Virtu MVP Mobile, the notebook-bound implementation of Virtu MVP, on its Eon laptops “at no cost.” Those laptops include 11″, 15.6″, and 17.3″ systems with starting prices of $1009, $1554, and $1585, respectively. By default, the machines are outfitted with Intel Ivy Bridge processors and GeForce 600M-series graphics from Nvidia.

Customization options abound, of course. The 15.6″ and 17.3″ Eon notebooks can be ordered with Radeon HD 7000-series graphics, and folks can double down with the Eon 17-SLX Pro, which packs two GeForce GTX 680M GPUs configured in SLI mode. (Virtu MVP also supports multi-GPU configs.)

We expect to have the 11″ Eon11-S with Virtu MVP Mobile in our labs before too long. Stay tuned!

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    • d34thly
    • 7 years ago

    Almost skipped this article due to assuming it was about EA because of Origin.
    Origin PC should sue ElectronicArts for making the word “Origin” synonymous with $h1t.

    • Bensam123
    • 7 years ago

    Lucid is definitely making some neat things that I really look forward to as a gamer. The videos look pretty convincing too unless they’re trying to hide something (like rendering one part of the video on a completely different machine). It would be nice if this worked for any chipset and any graphics setup as it seems like Hyperformance and Virtualsync could work exclusively on AMD or Nvidia based on how they’re describing it. Older computers and graphics setups are the ones that would benefit the most from this too. I guess that’s the price they pay for getting Intel to back them.

    It’s sort of interesting that an entire company has popped up simply by improving graphics through software. AMD and Nvidia could both do everything Lucid is doing, yet they haven’t. They’re the ones we’re paying hundreds of dollars to for the best graphical experience possible too…

    Innovation is neat.

    • alwayssts
    • 7 years ago

    You guys are missing what’s really important in all this.

    When did Shrout start whoring himself out?

    (I kid.)

    • forumics
    • 7 years ago

    i really don’t understand the use of this technology. i have a 3550k paired with a raedon 5850 and i play bf3 a whole lot. with lucid on i get choppy frames and 60+ fps but with lucid off, i get smooth gameplay with 80++ fps. i’ve disabled virtual vsync and left hyperformance on.

    battlefield 3 is supported but in direct mode which means everything should be offloaded to the gpu isn’t it? if so, then why am i getting lesser fps than usual?

    also video transcoding doesn’t seem to have any improvement either. i’m using avs video converter which might not be supported, i’m not sure.

    the only program that lucid seems to improve is street fighter 4 benchmark but i’m getting much more than needed with my 5850 as it is.

    so i’m really not sure if i’m doing something wrong or is virtu actually nothing but a great product for benchmarking

      • Deanjo
      • 7 years ago

      [quote<]also video transcoding doesn't seem to have any improvement either. i'm using avs video converter which might not be supported, i'm not sure.[/quote<] AVS video converter doesn't support QuickSync so you will not see a speedup.

        • forumics
        • 7 years ago

        ok that explains, but i’ve not been able to get it to make my gpu work any better. instead it seems that i’m better off without using this at all unless i want to post 600fps in street fighter 4.

        does it work for you?

          • Deanjo
          • 7 years ago

          Nope because like all the other Lucid junk, it has no linux support.

    • drfish
    • 7 years ago

    [quote<]We expect to have the 11" Eon11-S with Virtu MVP Mobile in our labs before too long. Stay tuned![/quote<] Woohoo! My W110ER is about to get the official TR review treatment. 🙂 Any extra attention you could pay to battery life [url=http://forum.notebookreview.com/sager-clevo-reviews-owners-lounges/655833-official-clevo-w110er-sager-np6110-owners-lounge-322.html#post8812610<]would be appreciated[/url<]. I guess the latest BIOS (1.00.04) makes quite a difference but I haven't updated yet.

      • Chrispy_
      • 7 years ago

      Woohoo indeed 🙂

      Is the virtuMVP something all W110ERs have, or is it a bundled software solution that only certain resellers opt into?

      I remember reading about VirtuMVP before, and it showing some promise but no hard numbers or particularly great support at the time….

        • drfish
        • 7 years ago

        I assume we can all run it if we can get a hold of the software.

          • Chrispy_
          • 7 years ago

          Indeed, but like Creative Labs integrated software solutions, the software might be 90% of the cost… 😛

          I’ll have a look once my laptop turns up. Bloody thing has been in production for ten days now :\

    • Majiir Paktu
    • 7 years ago

    [quote<]Lucid's HyperFormance technology supplements Virtual Vsync by partially rendering frames that don't make it to the display.[/quote<] Don't you mean by [i<]not[/i<] rendering partial frames?

    • HisDivineOrder
    • 7 years ago

    I think you guys should take one of the bajillion motherboards that includes VirtuMVP and test the “purported” and “claimed” features to see if they are actually worth using on a desktop computer. These OEM’s keep paying for it, so I think we need to know if they’re wasting their money on their bundle (as is typical) or if it’s a secret that only the most elite know to use.

    My money’s on mostly waste with a minor amount of e-p33n.

      • puppetworx
      • 7 years ago

      Yeah, I’d like to get your impressions on this ‘Virtual VSync’ feature also.

      • Ifalna
      • 7 years ago

      Well I have a MoBo that can do it, though the reviews I read suggested to just ignore it due to compatibility problems. It’s mainly good for older stuff but guess what: For that you don’t need it.

      So basically it’s just a marketing ploy. Maybe one day when the tech has matured a bit it’ll be good.

      Search the net, there are a lot of reviews about that stuff.

      • tootercomputer
      • 7 years ago

      Here here. I could not agree more. I built an Sandy Bridge i5 system this spring and looked forward to this features and after a lot of work and research, I have concluded that it is is one of the most over-hyped mobo features I’ve encountered in a long time. I’ve seen almost no real test of it, I’ve read reviews that are basically corporate PR statements. Also, it also is tied to specific programs and there really are not that many that take advantage of it.

      So yes, TR, I agree and would love to see you guys test this out and try it on the various programs that claim compatibility.

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