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Hey all, I have been foldiing for a while now and I see alot of posts here about GPU folding but looking at the points you get from using GPU's (and no bonus points?) it doesn't seem like it's worth it in PPD/watt.

Am I missing something or else why do you GPU fold at all?

I don't mean to seem like a points whore, I'm just curious.
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Some people don't have to pay for their electric bill. In that case, you don't need a mobo+CPU+PSU+RAM to get a CPU folding - you just throw in a video card onto a PCI-E slot and there you go.
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I GPU fold so I can actually use my computer while I'm folding without any system slow downs
    
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Depends on the gpu. My 580s make 40K PPD a day. Up to you if the power costs offset the gain.
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post #5 of 15
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Originally Posted by gsa700 View Post
Hey all, I have been foldiing for a while now and I see alot of posts here about GPU folding but looking at the points you get from using GPU's (and no bonus points?) it doesn't seem like it's worth it in PPD/watt.

Am I missing something or else why do you GPU fold at all?

I don't mean to seem like a points whore, I'm just curious.
Running 2 GPU clients will crap the performance of your 2600K, so it's more of a tradeoff effect.

I get 38k PPD with my 2600K and 43k 'ish with everything folding (2x 470 SLI'ed), so I would say that it isn't worth it. 2600K is the best PPD/Watt
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post #6 of 15
any folding is worth it

advantages of gpu folding in my opinion:
-initial cost is way cheaper than another SB setup (my 2 GTX 460s cost $160 same PPD as a 2600K at stock on -smp)
-if you don't pay for electricity you don't really care about PPD/watt (I personally do have to pay )
-penalties are not as bad for gpu folding, if I don't finish a -smp I started today till tomorrow my points from the WU drops significantly, whereas with GPU I can shut off my pc for the night and get pretty much the same PPD if I finish the WU tomorrow.
Edited by Sainesk - 10/23/11 at 11:11am
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Sainesk View Post
any folding is worth it

advantages of gpu folding in my opinion:
-initial cost is way cheaper than another SB setup (my 2 GTX 460s cost $160 same PPD as a 2600K at stock on -smp)
-if you don't pay for electricity you don't really care about PPD/watt (I personally do have to pay )
-penalties are not as bad for gpu folding, if I don't finish a -smp I started today till tomorrow my points from the WU drops to like half, whereas with GPU I can shut off my pc for the night and get pretty much the same PPD if I finish the WU tomorrow.
Add "-oneunit" flag if you think it will be the last WU of the day. Btw, my 2600K get more PPD than my 448 shader OC'ed 470s. My 2600K is OC'ed to 4.75GHz.
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It is if you have a Nvidia card, if you run AMD/ATi then it can be a little harder to justify.
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ati cards are among the worst ppd/watt folders. 2600k is the best ppd/watt.
    
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So would it be fair to say then that people mostly GPU fold because they already have the GFX card then?

I know some of you build GPU farms, why do you do it? Wouldn't CPU farms be better?
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