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Krisnatharok
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Re: SSD graphics settings?

Why did you install Intel graphics? It sounds like you are running off the integrated graphics from the i7-2500/2600/whatever CPU you have.

It's not a driver issue, you are set to use the iGPU or some level of virtualization instead of solely using the discrete GPU:

Everything You Need to Know about Intel's New Z68 Chipset

In i-mode, you set the board to initialize the integrated graphics port first in the UEFI. Then you connect your monitor to the motherboards graphics port. Youll need to install graphics drivers for both the Intel integrated part and the discrete part. For our testing, we used a GeForce GTX 580 card. Lucid actually says the best results will come from an ATI card, but we opted for the nVidia card to see how much of a monkey wrench we could throw in it. For a just out of beta product it surprisingly worked well. Would we run it in this mode? Probably not, at least at this point.

When running in i-mode, you are primarily using your integrated graphics and only kicking on the discrete card for gaming. The main sticking point here is that youll need Lucid to create profiles for any game that you run in the Virtu mode. Most gamers that we know cant wait that long when a new game is released. The other issue is power savings. As one of the key points of i-mode you'll likely see only moderate to minimal savings. Thats because unlike a mobile solutions switchable graphics, the discrete card doesnt completely power down. Even idling, todays beefy graphics cards still drink too much power. Wed prefer it if vendors could find a way to power down the discrete card when not in use. I-mode is also currently incompatible with dual-GPU cards and SLI too.

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Virtu has a second mode available thats likely to be more handy: d-mode. In this mode, you set the UEFI to boot to initialize the PCI-E graphics adapter first and hook the monitor up to a port on the graphics card. In this mode, the discrete graphics card is in control and any game you run will run without the need for profiles to be created by Lucid. So what would ever use d-mode for? To access the Quick Sync technology in Sandy Bridge. Yes, Sandy Bridges graphics performance will never best a serious GPU, but believe it or not, the transistors that Intel has dedicated in Sandy Bridge for encoding and transcoding are mean mothers. How mean?

We took an Asus P8Z68-V Pro board, plugged in a Core i7-2600K, 8GB of DDR3/1333, a 1TB Western Digital Black drive and a GeForce GTX 580 card. Running in d-mode, we used CyberLinks MediaEspresso 6.5 to transcode a single VOB file to a generic WMV file suitable for playback on an HTC smart phone. Using the GeForce GTX 580 card took 142 seconds. We then used Virtu to allow us to access the QuickSync mode on the Core i7-2600K chip which took 109 seconds. Thats about a 30 percent faster for the integrated grapics. Now think about a transcode that would take three hours. Would you rather use the GeForce GTX 580 or the Core i7-2600Ks Quick Sync?

So, are you in either i-mode or d-mode? Is your monitor hooked up to the motherboard's GPU-out hookup (DVI/HDMI/whatever) or the video card's?
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59137280

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How do I check for i-mode/d-mode?
Monitor hooked up as always to my mornal HDMI input


Ghastlyone
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Did you try adjusting settings in BIOS? Disabling on board video, etc?

By the way, I've had a hell of time installing and getting the AMD Catalyst to work on my old HP desktop. They just do not work, at all.


59137280

join:2006-07-06
Montreal, QC
said by Ghastlyone:

Did you try adjusting settings in BIOS? Disabling on board video, etc?

I didn't


Krisnatharok
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said by 59137280:

Monitor hooked up as always to my normal HDMI input

On the PCI graphics card or on the motherboard?


59137280

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Montreal, QC
said by Krisnatharok:

said by 59137280:

Monitor hooked up as always to my normal HDMI input

On the PCI graphics card or on the motherboard?

On the graphics card I think, the one other hDMI doesn't even display the monitor


Krisnatharok
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Look at page 69 of the manual: the entry "Marvell Storage Controller" should be set to "AHCI Mode." It probably is since it came that way, but we need you to verify that, as well as where the monitor is plugged in.
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