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I am relatively new with the whole folding thing, but I saw that one could include
-advmethods and it would use new advance scientific cores and possibly get me more points. I am currently folding in Ubuntu 10.10 64bit with the SMP client - my computer's specs

4GB RAM

cpu
description: CPU
product: Intel(R) Core(TM) i7 CPU L 620 @ 2.00GHz
vendor: Intel Corp.
physical id: 6
bus info: cpu@0
version: Intel(R) Core(TM) i7 CPU L 620 @ 2.00GHz
slot: None
size: 2GHz
capacity: 2GHz
width: 64 bits
clock: 133MHz

(do I need to supply more information?)

I am able to fold pretty much around the clock and I'd like to get as many points as possible.
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post #2 of 12
You can do -advmethods tag, as I have it on my sisters i7 laptop. But honestly I dont see much of a point gain
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post #3 of 12
Thread Starter 
okay - thanks, so it really doesn't matter whether I do so or not.

thanks!
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post #4 of 12
-advmethods allows access to beta WUs; these WUs sometimes have higher PPD, sometimes lower. Generally, the PPD is around about the same, though you do get WUs that require an adjustment in your OC from time to time.

In the event that an -advmethods WU gives significantly higher/lower PPD than the norm, it gets mentioned in a lot of places around here, so you'd probably hear about it.

Short answer; turn it on if you don't mind fiddling with your OC once in a while, and accept that you can get lower PPD WUs as well as higher PPD WUs. Leave it off if you want as simple a ride as possible.
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post #5 of 12
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Awesome, that really cleared it up for me and let me know what I'm looking at.
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benpack,are things working out for you at 2.0GHz? Is that a laptop you are folding on? do you have hyperthreading ability? any way to overclock? We should compare results (if you do not have hyperthreading) as I am smp (means folding on the cpu) folding with Ubuntu 10.10 also but with a AMD 955 clocked between 3.6-3.8. I would like to see how the two systems compare. I can just look at your stats and you can watch mine. I will try and keep it going 24/7 like you want to also.Let me be first to rep you for your folding spirit.+rep
Edited by PCCstudent - 6/12/11 at 8:18pm
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post #7 of 12
Quote:
Originally Posted by PCCstudent View Post
benpack,are things working out for you at 2.0GHz? Is that a laptop you are folding on? do you have hyperthreading ability? any way to overclock? We should compare results (if you do not have hyperthreading) as I am smp (means folding on the cpu) folding with Ubuntu 10.10 also but with a AMD 955 clocked between 3.6-3.8. I would like to see how the two systems compare. I can just look at your stats and you can watch mine. I will try and keep it going 24/7 like you want to also.Let me be first to rep you for your folding spirit.+rep
Sisters i7 laptop is @ 1.7ghz and ht is enabled. Does -smp 6 and gets ~4500 ppd
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post #8 of 12
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PCCStudent, yes it is a laptop, I'm not sure about hyperthreading (but I shall look into it), comparing our stats won't work to well though, because I have just recently gotten a couple of other computers folding (1 other laptop and a desktop) Thanks!
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Quote:
Originally Posted by benpack101 View Post
PCCStudent, yes it is a laptop, I'm not sure about hyperthreading (but I shall look into it), comparing our stats won't work to well though, because I have just recently gotten a couple of other computers folding (1 other laptop and a desktop) Thanks!
Your farm wasnt the topic of question. You asked about your laptop and what you should do. I gave example to help. Thats really all there is to it
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plfict, that ppd for that 1.7GHz i7 with hyperthreading is just dismal. I am going to be way over 8K with my 955 (just 4 cores). The i7 with hyperthreading really rocks -smp at 3.0GHz and above. It must be that 1.7GHz clock that is holding it back.
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