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So I just pulled a 7600GT 256MB/128Bit (BFG) and 9500GT 512MB 128 bit (PNY) out of the dusty storage. I was wondering a couple of things:

If I were to use a single board to fold with these cards, would it be possible to utilize them both without SLI? I am not too familiar with GPU folding so pardon my ignorance.

What kind of PPD would one expect from such old cards? Is it even worth the hassle?
    
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I don't think anything earlier than the 8000 series can fold, so that rules out the 7600, and cards should be out of sli to fold, so that is never a concern when it comes to folding (not to mention nvidia doesn't allow dissimilar multigpu configurations)
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Folding, actually works better WITHOUT SLI.

The 7600 can't fold. Requires an 8 series or higher.

The 9500GT won't get much, maybe 1000 PPD or so. Any little bit helps though. Honestly, your 4850 would probably fold better than the 9500GT will.
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Okay so that definitely rules out the 7600GT then. Good to know. If you are correct then I shouldn't even have to think twice: I will just ditch the 7600 and hook up the 9500 to fold with. Thank you sir.
    
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Folding, actually works better WITHOUT SLI.

The 7600 can't fold. Requires an 8 series or higher.

The 9500GT won't get much, maybe 1000 PPD or so. Any little bit helps though. Honestly, your 4850 would probably fold better than the 9500GT will.
Well I am already folding with the 4850. But I am also really considering getting just a simple bench going with an old Athlon
64 X2 and this old card just to see if I can. The idea is this: I want the practice setting up a singular folding rig, so that when I finally upgrade my GPU and CPU (soon), I will be in the "know" already. I already have the Mobo, the CPU and the GPU. All I need is a PSU.
    
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You can find out how many CUDA (Stream) processors any nvidia card has here:

http://www.nvidia.com/object/cuda_gpus.html

You can also buy an EVGA 9800 GT to fold with for cheap here: ( I just got 2 of them)

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicati...?EdpNo=6820707

Those 9800's will beat the crap out of anything less with 112 CUDA cores.

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You can find out how many CUDA (Stream) processors any nvidia card has here:

http://www.nvidia.com/object/cuda_gpus.html

You can also buy an EVGA 9800 GT to fold with for cheap here: ( I just got 2 of them)

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicati...?EdpNo=6820707

Those 9800's will beat the crap out of anything less with 112 CUDA cores.

Rather than a 9800GT, I'd go for one of the $30 GT 240s (slightly slower, but much lower power consumption and cheaper).

And instead of getting 2 9800GTs, I would have gone for the $80 Galaxy GTS 450 - which is about as fast as both 9800GTs together...
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That is a good deal for a 9800gt, but +1 for a gts450 they rock for folding cards.
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Rather than a 9800GT, I'd go for one of the $30 GT 240s (slightly slower, but much lower power consumption and cheaper).

And instead of getting 2 9800GTs, I would have gone for the $80 Galaxy GTS 450 - which is about as fast as both 9800GTs together...
Yeah, no. The GTS 240 gets around 4000 PPD, the GTS 450 gets around 8000 PPD, and the 9800 GT gets 5000 PPD. And where is this $80 Galaxy GTS 450?
    
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it was on Tigerdirect this morning when I posted. It's now showing as $90 (AR), so for that price I'd probably go for the EVGA card at the same price. This morning there was also a Zotac 450 at $90 AR also, but that also seems to have gone...

Regarding the PPD - depends heavily on the WU. My 2 GT 240s get anywhere from 3800 to 5000 ppd. Different WUs also seem to stress the cards in different ways - I have a 1GB DDR3 card with shaders at 1800, and a 512MB DDR5 card with shaders that won't go above 1700. On some WUs the card with the higher shader clocks gets more PPD, but on others the faster DDR5 helps that card to the higher PPD.

The 9800GT will outperform the other cards, but there are 2 disadvantages to it. Firstly the higher power consumption - needs bigger PSU and 6-pin cable, puts more heat out and costs more to run. Secondly it's old - which means there is a much greater chance of Stanford stopping support for the older, non-Fermi cards at some point (although obviously this also affects the 240, but not the 450).
Edited by the_beast - 5/11/11 at 4:20am
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