One of the most interesting feature about the Z68 is that it can be used with multiple graphics cards. In P67 system, once you installed an add on graphics card, you aren’t able to use the transcoding feature of the graphics processor inside the CPU. With Lucid Virtu, you now can tap the power of transcoding videos by running the application even with the VGA card installed but tap the power of Intel processor to do the transcoding.

In the package, ASRock provided a trial copy of Cyberlink Espresso. We use a 1080p clip of The Bourne Ultimatum, converting it for YOUTUBE HD upload.

From the benchmarks, we can see that when we used the external VGA card, a ASUS Radeon HD 6850 with Catalyst 11.5  to do the transcoding test, it took 29 secs and 33 secs respectively to complete the test.

Next, we enabled the Lucid Virtu driver. When the application runs, it detects the better alternative and pass the transcoding job to the Intel Core i5-2500K instead. With the same video file, the time taken is slashed down to 12 secs.