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I've got an amazing deal on a XFX 9800GX2 on a local forum. It's almost like a steal.



Would like to get it and use it for folding and seti@home. But computing-wise does it worth getting such an old GPU these days?

Do we have a SETI@HOME Guru here who can tell me how much of RAC can this baby make? Because i'm more into S@H rather than folding.

My only concern is that i'm running 6870CF for now. When the GX2 arrives i'll have to remove them both because i don't like running NVIDIA and ATI drivers on the same system. They're like cats and dogs. I just don't wan't deal with all the hassle to make them work together. So when i game at weekends, i'll install the 6870s but when i don't, i'll put the GX2 back into the first slot. It'll be kinda messy with all the plug-unplug, install-remove drivers...
Edited by Nautilus - 10/3/11 at 12:43pm
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I'd use it for folding, it can pull up to 12k ppd if both cores are overclocked. As to S@H I don't know but it would probably do well as I used to have one running Collatz conjecture. In my opinion GX2's are still beasts when being used for work like folding and S@H. Throw a F@H client at that bad bot and rack up those points.

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I'm not sure about S@H, but the 9800GX2 used to be one of the better folding cards a couple of years ago. Somone in the BOINC thread might be better able to help you with the S@H information.

Here's a link to the GPU database to give you an idea of PPD you can get from it.
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I got a solid 6k ppd on one core of the 9800GX2 I was folding on. In team comp, k4m1k4z3 was getting well over 12k ppd on his, overclocked.
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OK thanks for posts. Now i'll go and open up a thread in Seti@Home boards. Will see if anybody replies...
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Wait surely your 6870's would pull more points?!
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Im curious about doing the same thing picking up one of these cheap... Does anyone know?
 
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Wait surely your 6870's would pull more points?!
Nope, Nvidia is STILL much better at folding than equivalent or even newer ATi. That 9800GX2 will put out 11.5-12.5k ppd, while he'd be luck to get 8k ppd with a 6870. Now TWO 6870s would put out 16k...but would be 2 cards versus just 1 and a LOT more expense (inital and power).

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Im curious about doing the same thing picking up one of these cheap... Does anyone know?
I got one a few months ago on Ebay for $100, pretty good price per ppd performance really.
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Nope, Nvidia is STILL much better at folding than equivalent or even newer ATi. That 9800GX2 will put out 11.5-12.5k ppd, while he'd be luck to get 8k ppd with a 6870. Now TWO 6870s would put out 16k...but would be 2 cards versus just 1 and a LOT more expense (inital and power).



I got one a few months ago on Ebay for $100, pretty good price per ppd performance really.
He already has the two 6870's though.
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