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I have the opportunity to get an HD5970 for next to nothing. Is it worth the juice to fold on it??? 1600X2 stream processors
Any benefit from the new work units on this card??
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The new work units are geared towards the newer cards. I have a rig with 2 5870s and a 5970 that I use to heat the house in the winter time. The work units take almost 3 days to complete and give absolute crap PPD. These cards are still very powerful but folding just doesn't like them anymore.
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I fold on a 560 Ti... That's all I have.
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That was never promised. Stanford is a university, they are not a big pharma who use the results for profit like some other projects.
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Folding is a great way to heat the house in the wintertime, idc what it actually accomplishes for the university lol.

The thing that was most annoying is that you didn't provide any statistics or rough estimates to help the OP decide if it was worth it for HIM. Different people may have different thresholds of what is worthwhile to them. I told him about how long a modern work unit takes so he could decide for himself.

If you just blindly say NO, nobody learns anything or understands WHY not or WHY it could be acceptable for one person and not another.
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Ehh, it's not really worth it for folding. I'm not sure on the PPD numbers, but what I can tell you for sure is that the PPD/watt will be abysmal. I think a 7770 or 7790 would do better and use 1/4 the power.
A 5970 might do fairly good crunching with Milkyway@home though, since that uses FP64 and the 5970 has ~1.3 TFlop/s total which is pretty good.
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Not sure on current output of those cards. But to get down to it, you have to make the decision if you want to fold or not and if its worthwhile by your view point. Of course there is more than just folding. There a few projects under BOINC that can use GPUs. These can range from PrimeGrid, Einstein@Home, Milkyway@Home, etc.

Myself, I enjoy the events, competition, etc. that are held with F@H and BOINC.
 
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For OP it may be fold with this or not at all. The option for a newer card may not be there.
post #9 of 11
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Originally Posted by DRKreiger View Post

I have the opportunity to get an HD5970 for next to nothing. Is it worth the juice to fold on it??? 1600X2 stream processors
Any benefit from the new work units on this card??



http://www.overclock.net/t/475163/gpu-projects-ppd-database/0_20

Click on the here button and sort according to GPU. @StealthKatana had a data entry from a year ago for a 5870 for 22K PPD, i would think the 5970 would be slightly better. Personally, i would not bother folding on it unless it is dirt cheap and you can use it to heat your home or have free power rolleyes.gif
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Well, that pretty much sums up what i was thinking. Not worth the 454 watts to run that card. It's a monster. I though my 480's were bad.

My 780 HOF does about 260k ppd. grabbing a 5970 would be pretty much pointless. I think i may look for another 780 HOF and full cover block. Then i can SLI them for gaming, and up my GPU output to 500k ish, respectively. The CPU does about 36k ppd, but if I use it while I'm working, it does slow my production down a bit. The GPU at full tilt barely shows signs of being used while I'm working.

If i could pull 3 million a week, that would be serious output. especially at 400-500 watts. Need to buy myself a Kill a watt meter and start logging the usage for my wallet's case

Thanks guys.
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