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Anyone try folding on a raspberry Pi 3 yet? Toying with the idea of stacking some on my desk and running them overclocked. Figure it's a cheap thing to get. Figure a powered USB HUB to run them all and call it a day. Let them churn and burn till they die. Cheap to buy and cheap power.
 
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Currently, F@H won't run on ARM device AFAIK. But if you want to help on distributed computing on RPi, try BOINC.
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Pretty sure people where folding on older pi versions. Not a lot of points, but kinda fun little project.
 
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The only way I could think of to fold on RPi is to run Android on it then download Folding@home application from Google Playstore. Then again, I haven't try that app because my phone couldn't run it.
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Might I suggest these cases if you go the pi 3 rout.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01CQRROLW/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o06_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Things are beautiful and will look mighty fine stacked up folding. The case comes with the blue heatsinks. Might want to look into placing a usb powered fan blowing air over your stack.
     
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I like that case. Easy stacking and coming with heat sinks is a nice plus. Was figuring I would ziptie a fan or two onto the stack to help cool anyway. Just need to figure out how to run F@H on the Pi 3. Running android is not a big deal, if I have to.
 
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Might want to ask around on,

https://www.raspberrypi.org/forums/

I looked around some and what I picked up was the Raspberry pi 3 wasn't a good choice for it. Like, you'd do better running a GTX 750 ti then tons of pi 3's.

Now, don't take my word on that since I do not fold and only looked it up quickly.

Though yea, if you do get something like that going then those cases are great. Stackable, good looking, comes with heatsinks. They also add much needed heft to the pi 3 compared to another case I've used. Make it feel like a real piece of tech. Though heft might not be an issue if you're stacking them.

As for the fan, I picked up one of these on amazon a few months back for my networking gear and it works well. Powered by usb. Though the sound it makes is annoying if you set it too high. It moves more then enough air for my routers and stuff should do well next to a stack of pi 3's.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00X7WM8QW/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o01_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

*For some reason the black version is $40 right now, but, the white is $18. Maybe a stock issue. i paid $13 for mine.

Now this is a fan I use in my entertainment center. It ultra quiet, plugs into usb, and even comes with a usb power adapter. Just doesn't stand up on it's own. Other then that a much better choice over the above posted.

$13
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00G059G86/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o01_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

*You know, this fan does stand up on its side. They also have a 120mm version. Though will say even this 80mm moves good air. They seem to be the name for cooling your entertainment center gear and it shows in the quality of the fan.
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I know it's not very powerful for folding. That's not the point. It's just for giggles.
 
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I know it's not very powerful for folding. That's not the point. It's just for giggles.

Ah, got you.

Hey, you can always do other things with them later. Run a server, home media center, an emulator system like I did with mine. tongue.gif Got my NES, SNES, Genesis, & TG-16 games on it. Even ordered a sweet custom Xbox one controller for it with the button layout of an snes (still waiting for the controller).

Got my pi 3 a month or so back and have enjoyed it.

You might find this video interesting.
     
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I already have a good freenas server, pfsense router, and another server that hosts games for my clan. Not sure what else i could use the Pi for after toying with the f@h stuff. Will probably build it then let it sit and run till they die.
 
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