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OFFICIAL: SlickDeals.net Folding@Home Team Getting Started, Discussion, Bragging, and Community Support Thread

darksarcasm November 4, 2006 at 04:32 PM
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question: which desktop video card is equivalent to the ps3's?

will there be a difference in what kind of video card to compare to the ps3 in terms of it being a video card overall and in terms of its folding ability? that it may be a higher end card or lower end if we were to compare it in terms of its folding ability or as an overall video card?
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Quote from zealousalien View Post :
question: which desktop video card is equivalent to the ps3's?

will there be a difference in what kind of video card to compare to the ps3 in terms of it being a video card overall and in terms of its folding ability? that it may be a higher end card or lower end if we were to compare it in terms of its folding ability or as an overall video card?
The PS3 runs about 1000ppd, which is somewhere between an 8500gt and 8600gt. Those are lower end cards which definitely don't compare to the PS3s gaming capabilities. Overall, the PS3 isn't a very efficient folder, especially when you consider power usage.
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Quote from FlashX83 View Post :
The PS3 runs about 1000ppd, which is somewhere between an 8500gt and 8600gt. Those are lower end cards which definitely don't compare to the PS3s gaming capabilities. Overall, the PS3 isn't a very efficient folder, especially when you consider power usage.
odd i thought it was. the more you know!
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Just wanted to drop in and introduce myself to the rest of the SlickDeals folders. I just recently started folding@home after learning about the Stanford project which I think is a great cause. With all the great deals I have found through SlickDeals, it was an obvious choice for me to join this team. Hopefully I can help a little and may have some questions in the future as far as tweaking some of my rigs for maximum gain. My love of working with computer hardware and building new machines combined with folding to develop a greater understanding of diseases sounds like a new hobby right up my alley!
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Quote from TheEvi1 View Post :
Just wanted to drop in and introduce myself to the rest of the SlickDeals folders.
Welcome to the folding team! Looks like you'll be in the top 100 of us in a week with the current PPD you seem to produce. What equipment are you starting on?

Cheers
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Quote from TheEvi1 View Post :
Just wanted to drop in and introduce myself to the rest of the SlickDeals folders.
welcome TheEvil! i am glad you decided to not lurk and say hello Smilie
i was wondering who you were moving up the ranks so fast. thank you for not only joining our ranks but also helping out with the folding cause.

cheers.
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Thanks for the warm welcome everyone.

Quote from dempa View Post :
What equipment are you starting on?

I have a few different setups running at the moment. My largest PPD producer would be my 2008 Server (x64). It has an Intel Q9550, 8GB PC2 8500 RAM, Geforce GTX 260, on a Gigabyte GA-EP45-UD3P motherboard. Main OS sits on a VelociRaptor 300GB 10k RPM hard drive, with 3 other Western Digital 1TB Caviar Black hard drives in a RAID 5 array. I'm just about finished setting it up, but it's meant as a test bed, and run some virtual machines in the near future.

The other PCs I have folding are using the uni processor client and include my HTPC running on an Athlon 64 X2 5000 Black, my "main" machine on a Intel Core 2 Duo E6320, oh and my old server running on a Xeon that I'm about to decommission.

I work in IT and have a lot of spare parts just lying around, so I wouldn't put it past me to put together a few Frankenstein PCs to do some extra folding. We will see... Smilie
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Quote from TheEvi1 View Post :
Just wanted to drop in and introduce myself to the rest of the SlickDeals folders. I just recently started folding@home after learning about the Stanford project which I think is a great cause. With all the great deals I have found through SlickDeals, it was an obvious choice for me to join this team. Hopefully I can help a little and may have some questions in the future as far as tweaking some of my rigs for maximum gain. My love of working with computer hardware and building new machines combined with folding to develop a greater understanding of diseases sounds like a new hobby right up my alley!
Welcome to the team!
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The PS3 runs about 1000ppd, which is somewhere between an 8500gt and 8600gt. Those are lower end cards which definitely don't compare to the PS3s gaming capabilities. Overall, the PS3 isn't a very efficient folder, especially when you consider power usage.
The PS3 is a VERY efficient folder. Stanford has simply set the work unit value at 300 points each for 8 hours of folding. The PS3 does combination GPU/CPU folding, and pound for pound its 8/9-cell processor blows just about everything out of the water.

Concerning power requirements, the newer PS3 architecture (the last year or two) has only required 115w, versus the original 200w. You're looking at about $0.15-$0.20 to power your PS3 for a full day, which is less than the $0.40 or so it takes to power your high-end PC under high load. If it was on a linear scale, the PS3 would end up netting you 10,000+ PPD. Not inefficient, very big difference. If you're using one of the original PS3s (20/60gb), then yes, it would be an inefficient use of power.
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The PS3 is a VERY efficient folder. Stanford has simply set the work unit value at 300 points each for 8 hours of folding. The PS3 does combination GPU/CPU folding, and pound for pound its 8/9-cell processor blows just about everything out of the water.

Concerning power requirements, the newer PS3 architecture (the last year or two) has only required 115w, versus the original 200w. You're looking at about $0.15-$0.20 to power your PS3 for a full day, which is less than the $0.40 or so it takes to power your high-end PC under high load. If it was on a linear scale, the PS3 would end up netting you 10,000+ PPD. Not inefficient, very big difference. If you're using one of the original PS3s (20/60gb), then yes, it would be an inefficient use of power.
That certainly makes sense, it seems to me like the hardware in the PS3 should be capable of folding very well. But bottom line, my PS3 was drawing about 130w and putting out 1000ppd and my PC with an 8800gt draws 200w and puts up around 4500ppd. So from that perspective, it certainly seemed inefficient.
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ooo a shiny new thread Smilie
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Hi guys... i'm having a little bit of trouble here... seems like my machine is stuck trying to send results for the last two days. any help would be appreciated. I am running -Folding@Home Client Version 6.23 - I have quit and restarted about 5 times already and it keeps giving me the same thing. I'm using a dell P4 1 gb of ram and radeon 9550. its and old set up, but it still contributes Crazylaugh

TIA
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Quote from ptnegropati View Post :
Hi guys... i'm having a little bit of trouble here... seems like my machine is stuck trying to send results for the last two days. any help would be appreciated. I am running -Folding@Home Client Version 6.23 - I have quit and restarted about 5 times already and it keeps giving me the same thing. I'm using a dell P4 1 gb of ram and radeon 9550. its and old set up, but it still contributes Crazylaugh

TIA
Disable "use proxy server" would be my only guess? Or maybe it's just the FAH server that you are trying to send the data to is down - look in your log file and it should tell you the IP address of the server, then you can check if it's up or down here [stanford.edu]. It happens. Dontknow

I have a funny one - didn't realize one of my VGA dummy plugs came unplugged, so Windows 7 lost the video card so the GPU client kept crashing - but every time it crashed, it would send a "partially complete" work unit back to the server. I guess 0 = partial. Check out how many WUs I reported at 6am! Yahoo!

Time....Points....WUs
12pm....864.......2
..9am ...1,858....5
..6am....384.......51 woot woot
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current SD team rank: 80

we have moved up!

well we have been moving up but it seems like we will continue to Smilie

good work everyone!!
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#75
Welcome TheEvi1 Yahoo!

Welcome also to all the other new folders that I may have missed while I was 'away' (kept my machines going though).
It's nice to see DempaSD still kicking incredible amounts of a$$.

Fold on!!
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