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i have a rig folding 24/7 right now and im wondering if it makes a difference to set the folding's process priority from "low" to "normal" or if i should just make it go "real time". does it make a difference in completing wu?
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I advise you not to set it at real time. If your computer freezes on realtime, you may have to reinstall Windows! This has happened to two people on this forum so far. Me, and another guy whose name I forgot. But feel free to put the process at a higher priority, although unless you have others running, it won't make a big difference.
    
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I advise you not to set it at real time. If your computer freezes on realtime, you may have to reinstall Windows! This has happened to two people on this forum so far. Me, and another guy whose name I forgot. But feel free to put the process at a higher priority, although unless you have others running, it won't make a big difference.
thanks. im gonna set it to above normal.
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set it to low if your doing stuff, so you don't see a performance loss....

when your at school/work and your pc is doing nothing but folding, set it to normal....

thats what ive been doing and i have only seen a very minimal boost in WU scores....
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Setting it even high as normal may actually conflict with regular windows processes and cause instability. FAH is designed to be a 100% processor hog. If you set it at idle, it should use any extra cycle that can be spared.

If you do run other processes in the background that can conflict with FAH, it may be an ok idea to set the priority to low so it does not have to compete with those.

An example of this is the new Diskeeper software that is also designed to keep your system defragmented. It does run regular scans, but if you have it set up a certain way, it will work like FAH and use idle cycles for defragmenting your hard drive.

I have played around with setting different priorities and and have no difference between idle and low on any of my machines.

Feel free to try it out, but dont expect any more production if FAH already pushes your processor usage to 100% on idle.

And one last note....
Asking questions like this shows you are thinking of ways to achieve better folding performance. That is a great!!!! It is always nice to try something and find out you squeezed out that extra 5% you did not know was being left on the table.
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Setting it even high as normal may actually conflict with regular windows processes and cause instability. FAH is designed to be a 100% processor hog. If you set it at idle, it should use any extra cycle that can be spared.

If you do run other processes in the background that can conflict with FAH, it may be an ok idea to set the priority to low so it does not have to compete with those.

An example of this is the new Diskeeper software that is also designed to keep your system defragmented. It does run regular scans, but if you have it set up a certain way, it will work like FAH and use idle cycles for defragmenting your hard drive.

I have played around with setting different priorities and and have no difference between idle and low on any of my machines.

Feel free to try it out, but dont expect any more production if FAH already pushes your processor usage to 100% on idle.

And one last note....
Asking questions like this shows you are thinking of ways to achieve better folding performance. That is a great!!!! It is always nice to try something and find out you squeezed out that extra 5% you did not know was being left on the table.
yeah, trying to get some WU done faster u know? wanna get them POINTS! hahaa... but for some reason, my F@H smp client had some errors on my main machine and i uninstalled it, but when i reinstalled, F@H wont run cuz of something......
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I have noticed very small performance boosts from upping the priority of folding in the task manager.

But i'm talking small boosts, like a few seconds faster per frame.
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