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I know my motherboard supports Virtu but what is Hydra? Do I also need to install Hydra apart from installing Virtu?
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post #2 of 10
Virtu simply virtualizes the iGPU.. Hydra lets you mix and match GPU's for a multi-gpu configuration.

No, your board does not support Hydra.
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Ok, but Hydra is better?
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Originally Posted by kevindd992002;15207996 
Ok, but Hydra is better?

Uh.. did you not understand? You can't compare Hydra to Virtu because they're DIFFERENT THINGS

Virtu allows you to use your iGPU with a discrete GPU. By default if a discrete GPU is in the mobo the iGPU is disabled. Virtu allows you to use both the iGPU and the Discrete so you can use Intel Quick Sync.

Hydra allows you to pair two separate GPU such as an AMD Radeon HD 5870 and a Nvidia GeForce GTX 560 Ti together for a performance boost. It's like SLI or Crossfire but you can mix and match AMD and Nvidia together.
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post #5 of 10
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Oh ok, got it smile.gif I didn't know that there's a way you can mix and match Nvidia and AMD until now. Though I'm guessing that pure SLI or pure Crossfire is still better than Hydra right?
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post #6 of 10
Much much better.

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post #7 of 10
Some tests (as in most) show that Hydra actually slows down the GPUs. Somewhere on Guru3D a Radeon 69somthing was reviewed that had Hydra. It was paired up with a 570 and the pair actually had lower FPS than the 69xx or the 570.

Update: This is the link to the article (http://www.guru3d.com/article/his-radeon-6970-iceq-mix-review/). The card was a 6970.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by kevindd992002;15207996 
Ok, but Hydra is better?

It's rubbish.
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Virtu is for power saving to use your igpu when you dont need gfx power and power down your discrete completely
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Originally Posted by Namwons;15208370 
Virtu is for power saving to use your igpu when you dont need gfx power and power down your discrete completely

That was more of a side effect of Virtu.. the main purpose is to allow the use of Quick Sync with a discrete GPU installed.
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