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Hi

I haven't looked into it as yet but sounds interesting.
My questions?

1: Is it imminent? (or relatively imminent....EG: 6 months?)
2: I am limited financially and space-wise but want to contribute to folding as much as possible.

Adding more rigs is becoming an issue in more ways than one.
My current rigs are fine but, not being a gamer they have min spec graphics cards.

Rather than seeking to add more rig builds would upgrading graphics in existing rigs be a better option?

Overall it would be cheaper than new builds and wouldn't add to space issues.
If I were a gamer it'd be a no brainer but my only concern really is running dc.

What do you guys think?

Also, if you think gpu upgrades are the way forward for me can you suggest minimum gpu spec I should be looking at.

I have 3 AGP rigs and one PCI express capable rig.
Best gpu atm is a 9800se.

Feedback would be appreciated.

vaio.

p.s.......added bonus of the gpu route.....wife wouldn't even notice
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Not a factor. I have a foplder with an old 2.25meg pci vid card LOL. The other folder uses an 64 bit cheepo 9200 ATI.
    
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GPU folding is coming out very soon. Last I read on it, it will only be available for ATI cards, and I believe it will only run on an x1800xt and higher. There are a few threads on the site about it already; do a search and check them out. Alternately, get the info directly off of Stanford's site. Apparently the x1900xtx is an amazing folder in addition to one of the better GPUs on the market.
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Guess I'll need new hardware after all then......3 AGP rigs
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Just a guess, but even the newer GPU's run around 500mhz +/-, and the newer CPU's around 2-4ghz depending on stock or OC. The plus is that I could run 6 processors in both my systems (Dual core and Quad SLI), a 12 WU total for both rigs. GPU's will process much slower but you are only have to run 2 power supplies. Soon the Quad CPU processors will be out, so between the wait for folding GPU software, and new hardware coming you may want to wait and see which will be better. Maybe do both depending on how long you can wait.
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Just a guess, but even the newer GPU's run around 500mhz +/-, and the newer CPU's around 2-4ghz depending on stock or OC. The plus is that I could run 6 processors in both my systems (Dual core and Quad SLI), a 12 WU total for both rigs. GPU's will process much slower but you are only have to run 2 power supplies. Soon the Quad CPU processors will be out, so between the wait for folding GPU software, and new hardware coming you may want to wait and see which will be better. Maybe do both depending on how long you can wait.
Uh... Do you know anything about MFLOPS? GFXes has about 2 TeraFlops, where I'm not fully sure where CPU is, but it's way under.
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I want it LOL

Will a GPU count as a CPU for teams
    
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I want it LOL

Will a GPU count as a CPU for teams
I'm pretty sure this number will be increased.
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Tentatively end of September:
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We are beta testing the ATI GPU client software internally at the moment and will likely announce an open beta in four to five weeks (end of September).
http://folding.stanford.edu/FAQ-ATI.html
    
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GPU's will produce about 250% more compared to a Cpu.
Also there are just doing the testing on the ATI's, but they basically perfore the same, so there will probolly be a program setup for about all GPU's, remember when folding first started it was setuped for Intel rigs.
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