Originally Posted by Simplynicko
while i understand that to some mobile or server applications low-power consumption is a high selling point both for battery life, heat generated and electricity bills for folding.
i'm reading all these comments about people in this thread and others complaining about power consumption in GPU's and CPU's and it irks me. This is OCN, and overkill is a standard for most of us. I feel like its contradictory to have someone with 2,3 GPU's and water cooling loops to compare AMD/Nvidia GPU's or AMD/Intel CPU's for power consumption.... really?
Given what I Fold with, I do have a SLIGHT concern for lower power (because my electric bill for Folding is a nightmare), but I will gladly trade lower power consumption for performance.
Here is my "Folding Farm" as it stands right now:
i7 965EE OC'd with 2 OC'd GTX 580 video cards (The Betty)
i7 2700K OC'd (my team competition folder, White Ranger)
i7 3770K (eventually OC'd) with an OC'd GTX 560Ti (Muzzle Flash)
i5 2500K OC'd with an OC'd GTX 560 Ti (Slave Driver)
i5 2500K OC'd with an OC'd GTX 560 Ti (Red Devil)
E5500 desktop (I don't know why I fold with it anymore, it only does about 2-3k PPD a day).
Dual Xeon server
An older Dual Xeon server
Single Xeon server
For me, it's all about the PPD. I'm just not seeing anything in Haswell that is signaling to me that it will be worth it to go out and drop a grand or two on a new motherboard, CPU, heatsink and what ever just to get 5-15% more STOCK performance, with a questionable limit to total overclocking.Edited by 47 Knucklehead - 12/13/12 at 7:15pm