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8800 or 9800 or GT430 for Folding?

post #1 of 18
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I'm new to folding but I'v become an addict and my PC runs 24/7 now. I want to get an additional GPU to dedicate to folding, I keep reading that Nvidia cards are better for folding so...

Which one of these will be best:

1GB GT430 ($70 AUD) NEW
8800GT 512MB (ebay starting bid $45AUD + $10 postage) USED
9800GT 512MB (ebay $60AUD) USED

8800 and 9800 are hard to find here in Aus, don't know why

Any advice will be much appreciated
post #2 of 18
9800 (out of those three) though expand your search to 9800GTX+, GTS250, GTS 450....the 450 is the best bang for the buck if you can find one cheap (I just sold one for 75 shipped)
post #3 of 18
GTS 450 is definitely a good budget folder. Solid 8-9k ppd easy

Mine runs very cool and quiet as well folding 24/7
post #4 of 18
of those, the GT 430 is the best buy - slightly lower ppd than the 9800GT (96 shaders vs 112 shaders), but half the power consumption so it's a better buy.

A GT 240 uses slightly more power than a GT 430, but also gets a little more ppd and may be a little cheaper so they're also worth considering.

A GTS 450 is the best bang for the buck card though as above, and is even better for ppd/watt than the GT 430 or 240.

Personally I wouldn't consider the older 8 and 9 series cards, or their derivatives (GTS 250 for one) as they use too much power. The newer cards are a much more sensible buy from a total cost of ownership perspective.
post #5 of 18
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The GTS450 is out of my budget , the cheapest I could find is $127 which is almost double the GT430.

Considering this card will be running 24/7, I think it would be wiser for me to go with the GT430 due to it's efficiency.

What sort of PPD can I expect from a 430?
post #6 of 18
in the region of 3,800 to 4,800 or so, depending on the WU. Just less than a 240, which gets between 4 and 5k.

(this is assuming you overclock it somewhat though - stock will be a little lower...)
post #7 of 18
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in the region of 3,800 to 4,800 or so, depending on the WU. Just less than a 240, which gets between 4 and 5k.

(this is assuming you overclock it somewhat though - stock will be a little lower...)
Hmm not as much as I'd hoped. I'll definitely overclock it though, found a Gainward one for $60.

Any common issues I should look out for when running an AMD and Nvidea card together? I know people have said that they couldn't run both cards using Client v7, which means I will probably have to dl a gpu client for the 430. Any other issues?
post #8 of 18
We still have that pending "phase out" of gpu2 to keep stored somewhere in the back of your mind. I happen to be a big fan of folding with the 8800,9800 (espically the 9800GTX+) but I probably will start buying gpu3 compatible gpu's when I start buying again. I am all set up to do quite a bit of -bigadv folding but it is so simple to run the gpu's if my plan is to stop and start my folding. Without any doubt at all, stick with NIVIDIA cards for folding. I know the position you are in when the gpu2 cards are so cheap, productive (I can get 20kppd on 2x275 and my 9800GTX+) but dated. Perhaps you take a look at ebay 275's. I got the better of my two 275's off ebay right at 150.00 shipped. The 275 has always been a great folding card and now the prices are very good.
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post #9 of 18
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of those, the GT 430 is the best buy - slightly lower ppd than the 9800GT (96 shaders vs 112 shaders), but half the power consumption so it's a better buy.

A GT 240 uses slightly more power than a GT 430, but also gets a little more ppd and may be a little cheaper so they're also worth considering.

A GTS 450 is the best bang for the buck card though as above, and is even better for ppd/watt than the GT 430 or 240.

Personally I wouldn't consider the older 8 and 9 series cards, or their derivatives (GTS 250 for one) as they use too much power. The newer cards are a much more sensible buy from a total cost of ownership perspective.
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in the region of 3,800 to 4,800 or so, depending on the WU. Just less than a 240, which gets between 4 and 5k.

(this is assuming you overclock it somewhat though - stock will be a little lower...)
I get 4.2k ppd average at 820/1640/840. These are on p6805 and p6806 which are 1280 and 1348 points respectively.
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post #10 of 18
The GT430 will give you decent production (~3200-5000 PPD depending on the work unit and your overclock) while drawing very little power (49w TDP @ Stock).

The GTS450 will at least double that performance for less than twice the price at a 106w TDP (Stock).
    
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