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So I have been folding 24/7 since I started Folding on the 6th(ish). I'm doing it on my sig rig and I had a few questions about it. One, I'm just doing normal SMP. Should I be doing bigadv or because I'm on a 2500k do I just not worry about it? 2nd, I am a gamer and I have just been loading up my games (SWTOR Beta and BF3) and going about my business. My temps do not go higher and I don't feel like my PC is struggling at all when I do this, but, should I be cautious of doing this? Any and all advice is welcome!
Thanks in advance!
post #2 of 10
Not sure about normal SMP vs bigadv, but folding while gaming is not going to hurt your system at all. As long as you're temps are fine, you're golden.
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Unless you have 10 WUs completed do not do bigadv. Then once you get into bonuses, they start after 10 WUs completed, then start doing the bigadvs.
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OK. I believe I have 14 WUs completed right now. I'll start BigADV after midnight.
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Unless they changed it, you have to have at least 8 virtual cores (4 cores w/ hyperthreading). The i5 doesnt have hyperthreading. You will just have to use normal SMP.
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Unless they changed it, you have to have at least 8 virtual cores (4 cores w/ hyperthreading). The i5 doesnt have hyperthreading. You will just have to use normal SMP.
That, forgot i5s don't have hyper threadding. Sorry my bad.
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Alright, Thanks for the help, everyone!
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Unless they changed it, you have to have at least 8 virtual cores (4 cores w/ hyperthreading). The i5 doesnt have hyperthreading. You will just have to use normal SMP.
Untrue.

If you want to fold bigadv with your 2500K, you can! Usually it requires an OC of at least 4.6Ghz and at least 20hrs folding per day, but it can be done. There are some great guides on how to do this if you're interested...

You will have to set up a F@H client in linux, however. You can do this through a Virtual Machine inside the Windows environment (my choice). Or, you can set it up through a native linux install. The reason for this is that the Pande Group wants Quad cores to run SMP. 8 cores (virtual or physical) are allowed to run bigadv units and 6 core/12thread processors and above are meant to crunch the "big" bigadv units. Through Linux you can 'trick' the OS into reporting that you have 8 or 12 cores, thus allowing you to download units you might not otherwise be able to access.

The Pande Group doesn't really take into account overclocking, so they don't want stock 2500's running bigadv units, whereas a heavily OC'd 2500K folding 20+hrs a day will crunch through one no problem.
Edited by DeltaUpsilon - 10/10/11 at 7:28pm
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running on bigadv (6900,2684 wu) is relatively give better ppd/watt and you gain about 20% more credit then running normal smp..the steps on configuring bigadv on linux is not that hard..i have setting mine several times without facing any difficulties..just follow the step..i have crunched 2 big adv 6900 wu..credit 55k on both wu..right know crunching on the third 6900wu at tpf 32minute at 4.5ghz..click on my stats to get more details..=)
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Pande has never really said 8 threads (real + logical) just that the bigadv was intended for 8 (real)core machines, but they don't really have a problem with the i7 etc. that shows the OS as it has 8 cores, but they aren't really keen on the corefix thingy what I can tell, tho they don't prohibit it or the such.

And consider a clocked X6 can run with a clocked Bloomfield quad in terms of performance, the project isn't slowed by it. I use it on three X6s and probably wouldn't fold them as much as I do now (25/7) if I didn't use the corefix. Just make sure your OC is stable before trying your luck with bigadv, and be prepared to lower your clocks/increase voltage once you do.
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