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  • Lucid Logix Virtu MVP: does it really help with power saving?

    Has anyone "benchmarked" the power saving features of Virtu MVP? I am extremely skeptical on this program, it does increase FPS and benchmark scores in some games, but I don't think the games are more fluid at all, despite the higher FPS numbers.

    Anyway, what I'm mostly interested in are the power saving features. Right now I have it installed, hyperformance and all that crap is turned off, and I have the monitor cable connected to the integrated GPU (in my case, HD4000), and I did a couple of tests for GPU usage. Basically, with this setup, everything runs on the iGPU but it switches to the Nvidia when I run a game or something that needs it (I need to manually add programs that aren't in the list or they will run on the iGPU, for example, the PS2 emulator PCSX2). Using GPUz I noticed that the Nvidia stays at 0% usage all the time unless I run a game, at that point Virtu uses the Nvidia and obvioulsy, GPU usage rises. If I connect the cable to the nVidia and disable virtu, it always hovers around 10% usage, if I use Windows media center or watch a video, it can go even higher.

    From this little test, I can assume that some power is saved if I don't run any game, but I don't have the instruments to measure system wide power consumption. Has anyone tested it? If there is no power saving at all, I might as well uninstall it and forget about it.

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    Re: Lucid Logix Virtu MVP: does it really help with power saving?

    Well i have the Zalman ZM-MFC2 that shows the pc total watts pulled in real time dont know how accurate is it though.Im using ASRock Z77 Fatal1ty Performance-Intel 3570k(HD4000)-Asus 7850CUII

    Unigine Heaven Benchmark 4.0

    HDMI connected to the onboard graphic card (Lucid MVP ON)
    FPS: 30.4
    Score:767
    Min FPS: 9.5
    Max FPS: 51.9
    Max Watts: 218
    Idle Watts: 116

    HDMI connected to Asus graphic card (Lucid MVP ON)
    FPS: 30.8
    Score: 775
    Min FPS: 7.6
    Max FPS: 53.1
    Max Watts: 216
    Idle Watts: 167

    Really dont know how accurate Zalman multifan is but thats all i can tell you.Hope it helps.
    Last edited by Akis; 04-22-2013, 08:37 PM.

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    • #3
      Re: Lucid Logix Virtu MVP: does it really help with power saving?

      Thanks man. Seems like it does indeed save some power in idle (when the onboard card is used). That's like a 50W save when in idle, not bad at all.

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        Re: Lucid Logix Virtu MVP: does it really help with power saving?

        My Zalman ZM-MFC2 reports A.C. power draw (watts) that is within ~5% of the wattage reported by my CyberPower CP1500PFCLCD UPS at idle.
        My older APC BE750G UPS software reported similar A.C. power draw at idle.
        Q9650 @ 4.10GHz [9x456MHz]
        P35-DS4 [rev: 2.0] ~ Bios: F14
        4x2GB OCZ Reaper PC2-8500 1094MHz @5-5-5-15
        MSI N460GTX Hawk Talon Attack (1GB) video card <---- SLI ---->
        Seasonic SS-660XP2 80 Plus Platinum psu (660w)
        WD Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB (data)
        Samsung 840 Pro 256GB SSD (boot)
        SLI @ 16/4 works when running HyperSLI
        Cooler Master 120XL Seidon push/pull AIO cpu water cooling
        Cooler Master HAF XB computer case (RC-902XB-KKN1)
        Asus VH242H 24" monitor [1920x1080]
        MSI N460GTX Hawk (1GB) video card
        Logitech Z-5500 Digital 5.1 Speakers
        win7 x64 sp1 Home Premium
        HT|Omega Claro plus+ sound card
        CyberPower CP1500PFCLCD UPS
        E6300 (R0) @ 3.504GHz [8x438MHz] ~~ P35-DS3L [rev: 1.0] ~ Bios: F9 ~~ 4x2GB Kingston HyperX T1 PC2-8500, 876MHz @4-4-4-10
        Seasonic X650 80+ gold psu (650w) ~~ Xigmatek Balder HDT 1283 cpu cooler ~~ Cooler Master CM 690 case (RC-690-KKN1-GP)
        Samsung 830 128GB SSD MZ-7PC128B/WW (boot) ~~ WD Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB (data) ~~ ZM-MFC2 fan controller
        HT|Omega Striker 7.1 sound card ~~ Asus VH242H monitor [1920x1080] ~~ Logitech Z-5500 Digital 5.1 Speakers
        win7 x64 sp1 Home Premium ~~ CyberPower CP1500PFCLCD U.P.S
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        • #5
          Re: Lucid Logix Virtu MVP: does it really help with power saving?

          Originally posted by MRK17 View Post
          Thanks man. Seems like it does indeed save some power in idle (when the onboard card is used). That's like a 50W save when in idle, not bad at all.

          You welcome.

          As you can see my score is way better with HDMI connected to the onboard its also a way to take full advantage hardware that you would never use and also powersave.In my opinion MVP is the future for a pc with 1 discrete graphic card they just need to start support more applications.

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          • #6
            Re: Lucid Logix Virtu MVP: does it really help with power saving?

            That you can discover the rating is method superior with HDMI connected to your on the machine its also a method to acquire full benefit hardware that you would not utilize and also powersave. In my opinion MVP is the foreseeable future for a personal computer with 1 individually distinct image greeting card they will just need to begin service much more software.

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