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So I have a bunch of extra parts lying around (cpus, mobos, hdd, psu, etc), and would like to get some of these up and folding. My recent addition to my "farm" is an e6320 and today I added a gts 250 to that rig. Its running off a 300w generic power supply. Its fine and have both folding just fine. The 6320 is OC'd but barely thanks to crappy ram and the 250 is stock. I wont OC the card as I am unsure of the stability of the PSU.

I have quite a few 280w and 250w PSUs and tons of cpu/mobos and would like to get some gfx folding. All boards have PCI-E slots.

Sooooooooooooo....long story short, Im looking for decent folding cards that require no addition power ie gt 430....But idk if thats the best one to get. I see a bunch of gt 2xx, 4xx, 5xx on newegg for cheap, but was wondering what the best one to get was? Ive looked around but some of these cards are too new to find any actual PPD tallies. Most responses to PPD questions are "should be around X amount." I don't want SHOULD be I want IS this...

Input?
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post #2 of 12
anything between GTS250-450 i guess
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GT 240 & 430 I think are your best bet.

Hook it up with a mobo/cpu so I can put these dam 8800gts,260,220,8600gt and what ever else I have laying around to work.

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anything between GTS250-450 i guess
250 and 450 require more power.
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my 250 and oc'd 6320 run fine on a 300w....for now

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GT 240 & 430 I think are your best bet.

Hook it up with a mobo/cpu so I can put these dam 8800gts,260,220,8600gt and what ever else I have laying around to work.
pay for shipping and a lil extra and ill send as many as you want
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No thanks, cause once the CC is over all those GPUs are being sent to the winners...

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decent folding cards that require no addition power
Why didn't you just say that runs off your PSU instead of that.
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I think your best bet in that case is GeForce GT 430 since it contains the same amount of CUDA cores as the GT 440 but lower memory bandwidth due to GDDR3, though that doesn't really affect folding performance. It also doesn't need auxiliary PCI-E power. It can be had for $60 on Newegg. It gets 4000 PPD, which is decent. OCed, it should see around 4500 PPD. The GT 240 gets 3700 PPD, so don't bother with it.
    
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My recent addition to my "farm" is an e6320 and today I added a gts 250 to that rig. Its running off a 300w generic power supply. Its fine and have both folding just fine. The 6320 is OC'd but barely thanks to crappy ram and the 250 is stock. I wont OC the card as I am unsure of the stability of the PSU.
i did. I am "comfortable" with running the 250 off of this, 300w PSU, but with 250w & 280w i do not want to chance it so i am looking for low power consumption cards that can put out some decent ppd
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I think your best bet in that case is GeForce GT 430 since it contains the same amount of CUDA cores as the GT 440 but lower memory bandwidth due to GDDR3, though that doesn't really affect folding performance. It also doesn't need auxiliary PCI-E power. It can be had for $60 on Newegg. It gets 4000 PPD, which is decent. OCed, it should see around 4500 PPD. The GT 240 gets 3700 PPD, so don't bother with it.
In my "farm" i am folding on an x2 4600+ getting 900PPD on a good day... low PPD doesnt bother me "TOO" much, though if two cards are in the same price bracket and one gets 1000-1500 PPD more, I'll spring some extra cash to get it

-edit- newegg also has gt 520... any good?
Edited by wahrheitoderpflicht - 4/28/11 at 7:31pm
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Quote:
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In my "farm" i am folding on an x2 4600+ getting 900PPD on a good day... low PPD doesnt bother me "TOO" much, though if two cards are in the same price bracket and one gets 1000-1500 PPD more, I'll spring some extra cash to get it

-edit- newegg also has gt 520... any good?
No, no good. It gets around 2500 PPD.

EDIT:

just wanted to add that if you don't want to run cards with auxiliary power connectors the GT 440 is the fastest card you're gonna get for folding, but it only gets ~100 more PPD than the GT 430 since they have the same amount of CUDA cores.
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gt 430 it is!
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