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Now I have a question concerning the post above. I have an Asus Z68 Pro for my upcoming build. Will I be able to plug into my 4830 and auto switch to int graphics for video encoding ....or is this just applicable to Giga boards?
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Originally Posted by kevindd992002 View Post
For the first option, the monitor is plugged to the on-board graphics output... it will still work but in a "virtual" manner wherein the power of the discreet card goes through the motherboard and ultimately to the output of the motherboard
If by "power" you mean the stuff that the discreet card has processed, then yes - that's absolutely correct

For the second option, the "power" of the Intel 3000 graphics is routed through the discreet card.
However, the only situation this will actually occur is when transcoding or encoding video, since the discreet card is set as the primary adapter and hence does everything, including the simple rendering of your desktop or browser.


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I have an Asus Z68 Pro for my upcoming build. Will I be able to plug into my 4830 and auto switch to int graphics for video encoding ....or is this just applicable to Giga boards?
The Virtu + Sandy Bridge is spec'd in all of Z68 - not just gigabyte.
All you have to look for is that there's a set of display outputs on the I/O panel of your motherboard. (Well, preferably something in the specs that says virtu enabled)

Strictly speaking, option 2 should still work regardless of whether there's actually a display output on the motherboard. I'm not certain if it does though, so you'd have to ask someone else.
Edited by zsolmanz - 5/15/11 at 10:14am
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post #23 of 29
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Yeah that's my next question actually. Option 2 should work even without an onboard video output, at least I hope so. Option 2 would be the most used anyway because power saving is not so critical with desktop computers compared to laptops.

Can somebody please confirm this?
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Quote:
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Yeah that's my next question actually. Option 2 should work even without an onboard video output, at least I hope so. Option 2 would be the most used anyway because power saving is not so critical with desktop computers compared to laptops.

Can somebody please confirm this?
This topic is very interesting and I look forward to learning how the different features work. It is looking more and more like the SB platform is opening new doors to overclockers. It would be nice to hook up to the discrete card(yeah a 4830...but it more than meets my needs) and then when doing video encoding be able to get the increased performance of the int graphics....if I am understanding correctly
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post #25 of 29
All I'm really interested in is QuickSync. Does the Gigabyte Z68X-UD5, for example, allow QuickSync? Is Virtu required to utilize QuickSync? All I want to do is use my discrete card, but then if I'm encoding have it use the onboard GPU. If I can do all that without even having Virtu installed, that would be ideal.
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post #26 of 29
So long as the Z68 motherboards all have the appropriate hardware, there's no reason Virtu wouldn't work.

However, Sin has worried me with his tales of Gigabyte re-labelling their P67s, since P67 didn't have access to the SB Intell 2/3000 graphics last time I checked :S
That's part of the reason why re-labelling P67 seems like a bad idea.

I've had a look through Gigabyte's website, and the only motherboards with the "LucidLogic" branding and advertisement are the 'H' models. None of the others, lower or higher spec, state it (unless I missed them). Not exactly reassuring for those of us who'd love a UD5/7/9 motherboard...

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I Just hope this doesn't turn into another flame war.

But until Gigabyte fixes the multi step LLC's vcore swings (target load stable vcore of 1.440v-----> 1.440v BIOS LLC7 = 1.440v idle, 1.476v very light load, 1.452-1.464v light load, 1.440v heavy load), I'd much rather have the old two step LLC and use 1.415v BIOS, 1.428v idle, 1.440v light load, 1.452v max load, predictable without strange vcore spikes).

And using LLC6 instead gives: 1.440v BIOS, 1.452v light load, 1.404v max load ->BSOD, and STILL random spikes to 1.464v at light load.

And the VRM's on the Z68 are IDENTICAL to the P67, so the same 10 step LLC bugs affecting UD5 and UD7 will affect this too, until fixed in BIOS.

And with Z68 board, no way to downgrade to the stable 2-step LLC.
Once this is fixed Z68 all the way.
If I've interpreted this post correctly, then the power supplies on the "better" motherboards are actually worse, at the moment, than those of the lower spec boards.
EDIT2: Re-reading it, it actually seems like he's stating a generic flaw across all the Z68 boards. Not that it matters to me, I shan't be upgrading till mid-late summer.
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post #27 of 29
I've enjoyed my P67A-UD5-B2, but I finally returned it this week and now I'm just waiting to decide what to replace it with. I figured I would just pick up a Z68X-UD5, but Gigabyte is really letting me down.

Why the heck didn't they replace their BIOS with the new GUI? I was fine with Gigabyte showing up late to the table with EFI because everyone else's (Asus' EFI to be specific) was buggy and I figured Gigabyte wasn't going to release it until it was solid. Wrong! I know it's not that important, but come on - it's time to come out of the stone age! On top of that, I'm pretty sure they promised EFI for P67 users, but now it's looking like that's not going to happen. So why am I supposed to believe their claim that the touch bios will eventually replace the DOS style BIOS on the Z68 boards?! I'm getting the impression that they're just incapable of making it happen!

I've also been reading of the vcore swings on the Gigabyte boards on xtremesystems forums. Apparently they took something that was working and messed it up! What's with that?!

Finally, I have no confirmation that the Z68X-UD5 will allow any use of the onboard GPU whatsoever! Why even release a Z68 board, Gigabyte?

I'm thinking I may go with an Asus P8Z68-V Pro or P8Z68 Deluxe instead.

/Rant
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post #28 of 29
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Ok, this choice is getting harder and harder this time So many consideration and possible flaws presented by Gigabyte with this Z68 release.
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Any inputs with this issue?
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