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Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H Intel Z77 Motherboard Review
Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H Intel Z77 Motherboard Review  - PCSTATS
There's nothing finer than a new chipset to kick the summer off and this year it's the Intel Z77 Express. In this review PCSTATS will put the performance oriented Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H motherboard, which is built on Intel's shiny new Z77 Express chipset, through its paces with the exceptionally popular 32nm 2nd Gen. Intel Core i3/i5/i7 'Sandy Bridge' processor.
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Testing Lucidlogix VirtuMVP

LucidLogix VirtuMVP

LucidLogix VirtuMVP is a software driver Intel validated for the Intel Z77 platform which enables on-the-fly switching between discreet graphics cards and Sandy Bridge / Ivy Bridge's integrated graphics core. It does this by virtualizing one GPU or the other. If the monitor is connected to the GA-Z77X-UD3H's onboard video outputs, VirtuMVP virtualizes the discreet videocard (i-Mode) when 3D games are launched. Conversely, if the monitor is connected to a discrete videocard, VirtuMVP virtualizes the IGP when required (d-Mode).

To install Virtu MVP the monitor cable has to be connected to the onboard VGA ports.

The main configuration screen looks like this.

VirtuMVP allows the integrated graphics core to accelerate video transcoding tasks via Intel QuickSync and seamlessly switch to purpose bred discreet videocards when 3D gaming. On top of these core features, VirtuMVP adds two new tools; Hyperformance and Virtual Vsync which aim to improve 3D performance.

Hyperformance increases frame rates by eliminating redundant rendering tasks and "predicting potential synchronization issues in the graphics delivery pipeline". VirtualVsync reduces screen tearing.

Let's try HF and VV out and see what they really do.

In this chart PCSTATS is comparing the impact of VirtuMVP on 3DMark11, 3DMark Vantage and 3DMark06 scores in several different combinations of Hyperformance and Virtual Vsync, against an Intel Core i5 2500K (Sandy Bridge) Intel HD3000 IGP and discreet Geforce GTX470 graphics card. Results in bold mark the highest value for each particular test.

PCSTATS Benchmark Report IGP Only
Intel HD3000
GFX Only
Geforce GTX470
Hyperformance - ON
Virtual Vsync - OFF
Hyperformance - ON
Virtual Vsync - ON
Hyperformance - OFF
Virtual Vsync - ON

Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H + Intel HD3000 IGP + Geforce GTX470

- Futuremark 3DMark06
Overall: 4447 23486 23680 24591 23645
CPU: 5971 6077 5996 6070 6027
- Futuremark 3DMark08 Vantage
Performance Overall: (P) 1867 17111 19540 36606 19718
GPU Score: 1439 17009 16055 32694 16171
CPU Score: 17277 17423 56015 57100 57672
- Futuremark 3DMark11
Performance Overall: (P) N/A 5082 6876 6822 5025
Extreme Overall: (X) N/A 1622 2266 2307 1593

The improvement VirtuMVP can potentially bring to the table, above and beyond a discreet videocard alone, is clearly evident. Of course, for VirtuMVP to work with your 3D games, it has to have a predefined rule.

Definitions for different games and benchmarks

VirtuMVP is simple to set up and can be tasked to kick in for specified applications. Moving along, it's time for the 360-degree look at the Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H motherboard!

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Contents of Article: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H
 Pg 1.  Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H Intel Z77 Motherboard Review
 Pg 2.  Overclocking Tools and Tweaks
 Pg 3.  Introducing the Intel Z77 Express Chipset
 Pg 4.  — Testing Lucidlogix VirtuMVP
 Pg 5.  360-Degree Motherboard Gallery: Features and Layout
 Pg 6.  360-Degree Motherboard Gallery: Continued
 Pg 7.  Overclocking Report and BIOS Walkthrough
 Pg 8.  Test System Hardware and Specs
 Pg 9.  Sysmark 2012 - Workstation Motherboard Benchmarks
 Pg 10.  PCMark Vantage Motherboard Benchmarks
 Pg 11.  SiSoft Sandra: CPU Motherboard Benchmarks:
 Pg 12.  Sandra: Memory Motherboard Benchmarks:
 Pg 13.  3DMark 11 Motherboard Benchmarks
 Pg 14.  3DMark Vantage Motherboard Benchmarks
 Pg 15.  IGP Motherboard Benchmarks: 3DMark Vantage, 3DMark06, FEAR, Juarez
 Pg 16.  IGP Motherboard Benchmarks: PCMark Vantage
 Pg 17.  Transcoding and Power Draw

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