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My primary computer (under my forum signature) runs an i7 960 @3.5ghz and an HD6950 unlocked and OC'ed to 925mhz. My other folding rig has an old Athlon CPU on stock cooling (which I don't fold on because I don't own a fire extinguisher) and 2 GTS 250's in SLI. The graphics cards alone between those 2 machines were bringing in 8-9k PPD. Having just received a decent CPU cooler for my i7 960, I figured I'd give it a shot. I'm running regular SMP WU's on 6 threads (so the AMD card can use one of the remaining, though it seems to use both). All 8 threads run at 100% all the time, GPU usage has dipped somewhat, as if SMP folding on 6/8 threads slows my GPU folding down. It's been over 24 hours and I'm still on my first or second i7 WU. TPF is over 20 minutes, and I don't have a -bigadv tag anywhere on it. At 45% my current i7 WU has an estimated 2490 credit and an ETA of 19 hours; my GPU WU is at 57% and will score me 1835 points in only 2 hours. (Oh, and combined my GTS 250's probably bring in around 2000 PPD.) Does this sound normal? Do i7 WU's always run this slowly, and does using 2/8 threads slow down AMD GPU units? Also, would folding on Core 2 Duo laptops (I think the best of which has a 9600M GT graphics chip) be a waste of time and heat up the room for very little points? Thank you. I know this got pretty long. I just wanna be set up for the FFW on the 6th.

EDIT: And if it matters, I use v7 on the i7 and 6950. The older versions wouldn't do the GPU units no matter how I tried to configure them. The GTS 250's are on a version that's not still in beta and being tracked with HFM across the network.
Edited by Eiko - 11/1/11 at 11:56am
 
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first: have you gotten a passkey and have you folded 10 SMP WUs under it?

second: what WU is the CPU crunching? mostly I would expect 3-4 minute TPF on SMP at your clock, but there have been a lot of bigger SMP WUs out there lately, so if it is one of those your TPF might be fine

(if that 2490 credit is base without bonus, I would say that is a REALLY large SMP WU)
Edited by gboeds - 11/1/11 at 12:04pm
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Yes, I use a passkey. I haven't turned the bigger units on yet, because I wanted to run those first 10 units. I didn't expect to knock out 80-90% of ONE WU per day though. I thought that was pretty crazy.
 
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luck of the draw, unfortunately...I am trying to prime a new passkey for the TC and having to fold a 12+ hour SMP on the 1090t slows things down a bit

once you do get the 10 WUs folded you will see a lot higher production from the CPU than the GPUs, though the WUs will still take longer, even the smaller ones.

Still curious what WU you are running....
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v7 doesn't count bonus points so if you have a wu that's worth 2490 points then that's a big wu and will take more time. I get 1300's point wu's time to time and the tpf is about 8mins, so if your's is twice the amount of points, plus using 6 cores not 8 that sounds about right. Turn off your 6950 and see how much times it takes off the tpf
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Project 7610 on the i7 and 11294 on the 6950.

EDIT: v7 counts 788 "Base Credit" and 2490 "Estimated Credit". It could just be some bad luck getting a big WU on the first try though. :/
 
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O.O Geez! I hit finish on the 6950, and now the i7 unit has a TPF of 27 seconds! The GPU and CPU slow each other down THAT much?! I'm shocked.
 
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No not that much... You really need to let your client run for 3-5% every time you start your client back up. This way it can take the average of the 3-5 frames that it has just processed to calculate your "TPF". Really you should try -smp 7. This will leave one core for your 6950 to use.
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No not that much... You really need to let your client run for 3-5% every time you start your client back up. This way it can take the average of the 3-5 frames that it has just processed to calculate your "TPF". Really you should try -smp 7. This will leave one core for your 6950 to use.
Yeah, after letting the 6950 finish it's unit, the i7 had time to run longer and adjust the numbers. As of now the TPF is around 2 minutes and the ETA is about an hour (at 66% completion). When it finishes, I'll run the SMP on 7 threads. I just did 6, because the client asks you to do it in multiples of 2. Thanks. :3
 
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stupid client...
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