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#1 Bosco

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Posted 10 May 2011 - 10:02 PM

Intel has launched the new Z68 chipset.

ccokeman takes MSI's first board out for a spin:

http://www.overclock...68agd80_review/

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Posted 11 May 2011 - 09:29 AM

It looks like a good mobo but the bright blue and brown colors ugh.... :sick:

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Posted 11 May 2011 - 10:50 AM

Lovin that SSD Caching!! Nice board MSI!

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Posted 13 May 2011 - 03:03 PM

Does QuickSync pull from the memory from the dedicated cards when using the IGP, or from System RAM? That's my main issue with IGP's, really. I prefer to have a dedicated card in the lowest of PC's, if at all possible (my mother is using a 7200GS)

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Posted 13 May 2011 - 03:06 PM

It pulls from system memory. But with 8 to 16GB installed and a max pull of 256MB it should not be that big of an issue.
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Posted 14 May 2011 - 05:21 PM

It pulls from system memory. But with 8 to 16GB installed and a max pull of 256MB it should not be that big of an issue.

Can it be used in multi-monitor setups?

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Posted 15 May 2011 - 06:00 AM

It has that option and is supported from INtel

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Posted 15 May 2011 - 09:26 AM

Interesting...

I won't be getting a Z68 board, but if they integrate QuickSync into future chipsets as well, it would be nice to drop my power bill :)

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