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Soo.. I have started folding on my second GTX 460 when I only need one of them. However, there isn't a whole lot of time when my computer is on and it is not making good use of the CPU and GPU's.

Now, I have one more PCI-E express slot sitting down there at the bottom of my rig doing nothing (x4 slot). I was looking at getting a budget folding GPU (must be a single slot as I am pretty sure I don't have room for another dual slot). Is there anything better in terms of price/PPD or power consumption/PPD? <-- while maintaining a single slot GPU like the 9800 GT? Looking to get the cheapest and least power consuming method so I can just run that third GPU 24/7, but still have it be rather effective. thumb.gif
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I ran my 9800gt for a long time, 4.5k ppd.
there is an energy efficient pny version i'd look into. did not require 6 pin power
    
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there is an energy efficient pny version i'd look into. did not require 6 pin power

It is a factory downclocked card, with very limited overclocking potential. frown.gif
Edited by Caleal - 1/29/12 at 10:25pm
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It's also possible to find single-slot GTS 450 cards:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814187131
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Hows the power consumption with the 9800 GT vs a GTS 450? and so is that 9800 GT EE version simply without a connector because of being downclocked?..
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Standard 9800GT - 105w
GTS 450 - 106w
9800GT EE - "as low as 70w"
9800GT EE is downclocked less than 10% from factory clocks.

PPD / Watt, GTS 450 should win
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Standard 9800GT - 105w
GTS 450 - 106w
9800GT EE - "as low as 70w"
9800GT EE is downclocked less than 10% from factory clocks.
PPD / Watt, GTS 450 should win

Awesome thumb.gif

Well.. I found a 9800 GT EE version on eBay that ends in a few days and I also found one of these GTS 450's that ends around the same time :

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=1318180&SRCCODE=WEBGOO0163C&gclid=CMCT17eS960CFUbrKgodlBT_uA

Soo unless I find another one or a better deal until then it looks like I'll pick up whichever one seems like a better deal for the money at the time. biggrin.gif I'm hoping that GTS 450 price doesn't go up very high haha. Anyways, thanks for the help thumb.gifthumb.gif
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PPD:
9800GT: 4500PPD (observed personally)
9800GT EE: 3800-4200PPD (estimated)
GTS 450: 8000-8500PPD

Wattage:
9800GT: 105w
9800GT EE: ~70w
GTS 450: 106w

PPD/Watt:
9800GT: 43 ppd/watt
9800GT EE: 54~60 ppd/watt
GTS 450: 75~80 ppd/watt

Buying costs:
9800GT: $30 9800GT Akimbo $30 OCN sale
9800GT EE: $60-75 ebay
GTS 450: $99 ebay or hopefully less

I would definitely spend the extra $30 for the GTS 450 for long term use and value of the card. One thing to note, sometimes those coolers are large and can take up more than one "slot" even though they only take one pci bracket to mount.
    
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PPD:
9800GT: 4500PPD (observed personally)
9800GT EE: 3800-4200PPD (estimated)
GTS 450: 8000-8500PPD
Wattage:
9800GT: 105w
9800GT EE: ~70w
GTS 450: 106w
PPD/Watt:
9800GT: 43 ppd/watt
9800GT EE: 54~60 ppd/watt
GTS 450: 75~80 ppd/watt
Buying costs:
9800GT: $30 9800GT Akimbo $30 OCN sale
9800GT EE: $60-75 ebay
GTS 450: $99 ebay or hopefully less
I would definitely spend the extra $30 for the GTS 450 for long term use and value of the card. One thing to note, sometimes those coolers are large and can take up more than one "slot" even though they only take one pci bracket to mount.

It absolutely has to be a single slot card. You can see my sig rig picture (not up to date), but the card config at the bottom is still the same and that is all the space I have to work with. I have one slot. I measured and I have about 1.7 - 1.8 inches of clearance from the top of the slot to the bottom of the case. I looked up the specs on that MSI single slot in particular(since it's the only single slot I can find on eBay and it says it's 35mm high (1.3inches ish) so It should barely fit..

Otherwise I'll just grab that 9800GT EE version,
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