Originally Posted by D-Dave
I’ve been prepping my rigs for the Chimp Challenge; however, I’m confused about the recent requirements for –bigadv units. Are –bigadv units still feasible to complete on an i7 920 (~4 GHz with 12 GB of 1203 MHz DDR3)? From what I’ve been reading, the minimum requirements for these units have changed from not only eight to sixteen threads, but the time for completing units are also shorter. Can someone shed some light on this matter for me? In addition, whether I was to do SMP units or –bigadv, would it be more productive to run my i7 with twice as much RAM at a slightly lower clock speed (5% max) or have faster RAM (1600 vs. 1203 MHz)?
Lastly, is it okay to begin working on WUs now so that they will drop right after 12pm on Tuesday? Currently, I’m just preparing a separate room for my folding rigs so that I won’t have to endure an 87˚F room for the next ten days. I’m also looking into pushing a bit more out of my GTX 275s with some overclocking as well as testing my old Pentium D to see whether it’s worth running.
No, you can't complete -bigadv units on an i7 920 anymore. You'll be forced to do SMP.
Folding likes faster RAM, so run that as high as you can.
Yes, you can begin folding for OCNChimpin right now, they just don't count until the 15th.
Hope that helps, and have fun!