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Pros: Virtu MVP does what it says in that both the discreet graphics (GTX680) and the i3770k HD4000 can both be available. Tested using Pinnacle Studio 16 and the mfg sample video file. HD4000 renders in 28 seconds, GTX680 renders in 42 seconds. Video is 3 minutes.
Cons: Virtu MVP is difficult to setup properly and requires that you install Windows first without the discreet card installed. You must install the Asus Intel graphic drivers without the GTX installed. Then install the GTX and the Nvidia drivers.
Other Thoughts: Subject: Test effectiveness of Logix Virtu MVP with Pinnacle Studio 16
Test PC: Asus P8Z77-I Deluxe/WD (Bios Feb.2013), 16gb 2133ram, i3770k @ 4.2ghz HD4000, Samsung 840 Pro 500gb SSD, Nvidia GTX580 2gb GDDR5.
1. Delete previous Studio16 Project Scratch files,
2. Setup Virtu,
3. Start Studio16,
4. Load Sample Project,
5. Delete Render Files
6. Start Stopwatch
7. Start Create Burn Image
8. Stop Stopwatch and note time
9. Repeat from step 1
Scenario 1: Within the VirtuMVP control panel I created an entry “Studio 16” that pointed to NGSTUDIO.EXE, selected “I” for the internal Intel HD4000 rendering. Ran the sample project render and the time was close to 28 seconds.
Scenario 2: Same as 1, except selected “D” for the Discreet graphics card (Nvidia GTX680). Ran the sample project render and the time was close to 42 seconds.
Scenario 3: Within the VirtuMVP control panel, I deleted the Studio16 entries but left Virtu active. Ran the sample project render and the time was close to 28 seconds. Based on watching the heat and fan monitors, I could tell that even without a specific Studio entry, Virtu was sending the render work to the Intel HD4000, not the discrete graphics card.
Scenario 4: Same as 1 with “I” selected for the App “NGSTUDIO.EXE” but for this one I also created an App listing in Virtu for “BG render.exe”. Watching task master I had noted that when the render began, Studio passed control to BGrender (BackGroundRender). I thought this might show more effect. For BGRender I selected “I” for internal Intel HD4000. I killed the job when it went over 4 minutes! Same results when I pointed BGrender to “D” for discreet.
Summary: I didn’t bother to pull the GTX680 and try a run without Virtu but I’m fairly convinced it would be very close to the same 28 seconds Virtu provided (perhaps even a second or two faster). But, since I was using a manual stopwatch, my margin of press-the-button delay would mask any improvement.
Pros: - nice Data drive to match up against SSD
- easy to tuck into a small form factor (Lian Li Q08)
- WEI 8.1
- Reset Win8 libraries to the GST
- Fast to back up the SSD (500gb Sam840pro)
- Sata 6gbs delivers
Cons: No cons so far.
Other Thoughts: Built an i3770k, Asus p8z77-i/WD in a Lian Li Q08. Boot drive is the Samsung 840pro, set all the data libraries to use the 1TB GST. Systems is quiet, cool and very fast. Tucked it in on the drive tray that sandwiches just underneath the BluR burner.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Very stable and easy to setup
Cons: ..easy except for WiDi and Virtu. Finally got both to work. MOST CRITICAL is you must NOT install your discreet graphics card until after you install Windows. Install the Intel Graphics driver, the Intel Wireless driver, then the Intel WiDi driver. If you use the Asus files youll also be installing the MediaSDK. Test Widi to a widi tv or tv that has an adapter. You probably wont like the resolution, but it does work. After your done with WiDi, then shutdown and install the Graphics card. Leave the monitor on the MB dvi for now. Restart and install the Nvidia or AMD drivers. Then install Virtu. Reboot and wait a long time while Windows figures it out. When your back up in Windows you can move the dvi to the graphic card Do it while live. Start Nvidia control panel and it will see you moved the monitor. Thats most of it.
Other Thoughts: Windows 8 nontouch is really ok. Just remember winkey-D and Winkey-XREAD FULL REVIEW