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OK, I have a 1.6 ghz AM2 Sempron sitting on my shelf, and right next to it is 1 gig of memory and a cheap MoBo with no OC options, but a full 16x PCI-e slot.
If I get an 8*00 series card (may have a line on an 8600gs for ~$40), could this setup GPU fold, and if so, what would be the expected PPD? From what I have read, the 8600gs could do around 1100 PPD?

edit: also, does this work under Linux (would be nice just to be able to run it from a thumb drive and just boot it up and have it run).
Edited by blupupher - 7/16/08 at 6:16pm
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post #2 of 13
There is no GPU client for Linux unfortunately. If it helps, my 8600M GT gets ~1100ppd.

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post #3 of 13
just get her foldin'! any points is points!
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post #4 of 13
Judging by CPU usage on my setup (<5% in Vista), I would say your Sempron is going to be fine to feed any 8*00 series you get. Just get either Vista or XP (I had HUGE problems with GPU2 and XP, VERY high CPU usage fyi).
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As long as you're on Vista it'll be fine. The client is more CPU cycle hungry in XP for some random reason, so you might run into trouble there.
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Hmm, I have an extra copy of XP pro, so that was my other option for an OS.
I may give it a try and see how well it does (it will be for nothing but folding on the GPU, so if it is running @ 90% CPU usage all the time, no problem).
I just mainly wanted to know how much CPU useage there was with the GPU client and if the little Sempron would be up to it.
Kind of moot now, since I will probably end up using my Athlon 3500+ Orleans from my kids instead of the Sempron (I bought a 3600+ X2 from somebody here last night after posting this).
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post #7 of 13
The GPU2 client uses about 1 core.
Consider this for a GPU folding card, 8800GT 265 for $70 after MIR
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814125089
Edited by The Duke - 7/4/08 at 7:30am
    
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Havegooda View Post
There is no GPU client for Linux unfortunately. If it helps, my 8600M GT gets ~1100ppd.

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Quote:
Originally Posted by The Duke View Post
The GPU2 client uses about 1 core.
Consider this for a GPU folding card, 8800GT 265 for $70 after MIR
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814125089
Looks good. If my other deal falls through, I will probably get that one. Looks like it has some type of Zalman cooler on it?
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post #10 of 13
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Well, the GPU deal fell through, and the 8800 gt is no longer available.

How about this 8600gt? $40 AR is not a bad deal. Only thing is it is 128 bit DDR2 256mb.
Or this, same except for 512 mb DDR2.
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