Originally Posted by cam51037
But you see the 480 take around 40 more watts than the 570, so the 40 uses a grand total of 250W.
When we get our power bill I will be flipped on multiple times for such a high cost if I get one of those cards I'm afraid, lol.
But the Keplar series isn't great at Folding? I thought they were decent, but not as good as the Fermi series.
As far as power efficient folding goes I would be looking at a 560ti then, they don't do as well in upfront $ to points as a good deal on a GF110 (560ti 448, 570, 580) but in terms of PPD/W they were the best Nvidia GPUs last I checked. There should be a lot of 560tis on the marketplace, which is probably where I'd look.
If power efficiency is a priority then you might want to consider selling your AMD GPU and putting that money towards the Nvidia GPU upgrade. Because even if you don't fold on the AMD GPU because of how power inefficient it is for folding it would still be more effective to combine the power draw of your gaming GPU and your folding GPU into just one Nvidia GPU that could fill both needs.
You are right that Kepler is not as powerful for folding as the Fermis that they replace, and we shouldn't expect that to change even with FaH core updates because of the compute features removed from the currently available Geforce cards. They are however fairly power efficient, so it might be a good idea to compare the points and power draw of something like a 560ti to a 660ti. That way you might be able to get the folding ability and power efficiency of a 560ti while retaining/ improving upon the gaming ability of your current AMD GPU.
EDIT: Alright I found some info
to determine where the 560ti and 660ti stack up in terms of folding performance, and it's pretty much how I remembered. It looks like even a 680 would only roughly equal a 560ti at stock clocks, so the 660ti wouldn't be a good choice for you IMO. It looks like your two choices currently are add a 560ti dedicated folding card if you want to still keep your AMD card for gaming, or to sell the AMD card and upgrade to a 570/580 as a folding and gaming card.
Originally Posted by frjoethesecond
Wouldn't a Quadro be better for folding than a GeForce?
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No, quadros are expensive and no better at folding than the GeforceEdited by juano - 11/20/12 at 5:01pm