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MrGeek

I have Intel Core i7 3770K @ 3.50GHz (Ivy Bridge 22nm Technology), MOBO is ASUSTeK COMPUTER INC. P8Z77-V LK (LGA1155), I see the exact same BIOS image shown in article on my bios, set it up like it. AMD 7950 video with latest and greatest.

When I try to install Virtu it tells me iGPU not found. Huh??

Other than that pc runs fine, games are fast and smooth.

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Geneaux

Works fine with Skyrim and another no-name F2P FPSMMO I have installed iirc. I tried to play BF3 with this on, and immediately recognized that it was unplayable. Tears all up and down the screen. However it's the only game I've experienced this with so far. It's been mostly disabled and only recently I had just reenabled it and I have yet to test it in other games I own.

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jgottberg

I don't get it.

So it's supposed to improve power consumption but really doesn't. It's supposed to improve gaming performance but doesn't quite do that either. So on what level does it "just work?"

Just seems like software for software sake.

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CaptainFabulous

Well I was already perplexed by this software prior to this article, and honestly, the article didn't really offer any information to change it.

It doesn't affect power consumption. It doesn't affect game performance. But it just works. Works at WHAT? What is it supposed to be doing??? Is the only benefit in allowing you to use features of the integrated GPU while having a discrete one installed?

This came with my mobo, I keep it installed and updated, but honest to God have no idea what, if any, benefit I get from it. I've read every single iota of content on the website and still have no idea what it's supposed to accomplish, or what benefit it provides to me.

I will say this tho -- I have noticed with virtual vsync that I can disable vsync in my games, get higher than 60 FPS, and not see tearing that I would normally see. So perhaps that's one benefit I notice, but only in games where I would get more than 60 FPS and have that be useful. So maybe some older FPSs?

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John Pombrio

TOTAL waste of time. I fiddled with the Virtu MVP settings on numerous games and saw NO improvement. ASUS P8Z77-V deluxe with NVidia GTX 680 EVGA on a Dell 2560 by 1440 IPS monitor and I am very computer savvy.
Supposedly , it prevents tearing but I never saw much if any before running it so no improvement there. Then the frame rate was locked at 60FPS and would only decrease while without Virtu running, the framerate at least doubled.

Whatever this was supposed to accomplish, it was completely unsuitable for my system. Perhaps it is for marginal speced computers but with what I saw, I would still not use it.

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Nixon

Sounds cool, but saw no increase in gaming performance through the GPU.
Maybe a different story through motherboard and CPU graphics, but seems sort of pointless and I didn't have the time to test it out. o_O

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jaygregz

I tried it on my system before. Didn't save any power consumption and I couldn't tell any difference performance wise.

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commandrew

It's NOT what you think. Virtu requires you to plug your monitor(s) into the HDMI or DVI on your motherboard, and not your graphics card. The routing of the signal through your card out the mobo DVI or HDMI and not the DVI or HDMI on the graphics card can cost you performance wise, albeit only around 5 frames per second in most games.

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ShinRenNu

What happens when you try to install Virtu even its not supported by your motherboard?

Will it damage my motherboard permanently or it will just won't work at all?

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limitbreaker

It'll cause your motherboard to imagine a virtue chip on it and spontaneously grow a chip on the pcb board.

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The Corrupted One

Omg, syncing my Intel Graphics with my dual 6850s. Now that would be awesome.

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RS_Lommax

It sounds nice, but when I installed it on my freshly-built system, it kept my print spooler from starting up. I had to axe it to get my printer back.

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UberFefa

What happens when you want to update the GPU drivers? It said that they have to be installed before Virtu, does that affect new driver installs?