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So, say you leave your dual core rig folding away during the day while at work and at night when sleeping like I do..

I've found that if I use the console client (less resources being used than graphical), run two instances, then set the affinity in Task Manager for one instance to CPU 0 and the other to CPU 1, I can get decently faster folding results.

It works even better if you set the F@H in-program priority higher than normal.

Try it out for a day and let me know if it speeds up your work progress.



EDIT:
BTW, I've noticed the two separate console clients can't be run from the same exact executable. Making a copy worked fine for me.

Another thing, not sure if this an violation of agreement. Let me know if it is.

More on this, straight from F@H website and using a alternative method:

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Does Folding@home run on dual processor or multi-core machines? Yes, you can in two ways. For linux or OSX/Intel, one can run our SMP client.

For other platforms, additional processors must run the console version (with the "-local" command-line argument if run on Windows). First, make additional directories for each processor and copy the FAH Console executable file into each. Then configure them with the -config switch, filling in settings for each. It is very important to make sure that under the "Advanced Settings" option each copy is given a unique machine ID (from 1 to 8). The first copy will default to a machine ID of 1, so additional copies should be given IDs of 2, 3, 4, etc. Each may then be run out of their installed directory, using the -local switch on windows.
If you try this, let me know which method performs betterm
    
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this is the only way to run it on both processors....
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If you change the Machine ID's, it theoretically does this for you.
    
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This is the pre-SMP way of doing it
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It works, just requires a dual core. I tried it on my HT and it dropped performance by 25% or so.
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DLOADING the smp client gives you more points (fah gives smp folders a points boost)
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DLOADING the smp client gives you more points (fah gives smp folders a points boost)
Fah? Fahmon? Pointsa boost? Explain please.
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on the stanford download page:

fay.stanford.edu
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there is a windows smp client for dual cores
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on the stanford download page:

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there is a windows smp client for dual cores
Window SMP? I already got it. I thought there was some other thing that boosted the points .
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