z68a gd80 a MSI teams up with LucidLogix for some Z68 Virtu love

MSI has announced that it's going to supply LucidLogix Virtu software with its Z68 motherboards which will enable automatic on-demand switching between the Intel IGP and a discrete graphics card. For now, LucidLogix's Virtu software is the only way to go if you want to do graphics switching on a desktop system, but we're hearing that this isn't going to be the case for too long.

MSI has announced that it's going to supply LucidLogix Virtu software with its Z68 motherboards which will enable automatic on-demand switching between the Intel IGP and a discrete graphics card. For now, LucidLogix's Virtu software is the only way to go if you want to do graphics switching on a desktop system, but we're hearing that this isn't going to be the case for too long.

z68a gd80 a MSI teams up with LucidLogix for some Z68 Virtu love

The advantage of using LucidLogix Virtu software is that the user has the ability to switch between Intel's integrated low-power graphics and a much more powerful discrete graphics card. Why would you want to do this? Well, for one for the power saving, as when you're at the Windows desktop the graphics card will be put into its lowest power state and it should in theory save power. Secondly because of Intel's Quick Sync technology which allows you to speed up the time it takes to transcode and encode video as this is so far much faster than using any current GPU.

MSI intends to at least initially ship Virtu with its Z68A-GD80, Z68A-GD65 and micro ATX Z68MA-ED55 motherboards, although we're fairly certain MSI has more Z68 boards planned than these three models. That said, that doesn't meant that we'll see Virtu shipping with them as from what we're hearing both AMD and Nvidia are busy working on its own desktop graphics switching implementations for the Z68 chipset and in AMD's case most likely also for its on Fusion platform.

Source: MSI