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So I just got a GTX 260 core216 today and after finally getting things moved around to fit this monster, its up and running

Well, I have been using error10's guide for vmware smp for a few days and things have been going great. I have been averaging over 6k ppd, and now that I have a gpu capable of folding I want to add that to the mix.

I don't know much about folding, I have read a lot but up until I'm actually doing it, it's hard for me to understand. I don't know if I'm supposed to just d/l the gpu2 client thing, or if there is some sort of linux version that will get me more ppd, just like with smp f@h.

Will I be able to fold all 4 cores on the Q6600, like I have been doing, along with gpu2? I have read something about the gpu needing 2 cores or something like that but I'm not completely sure.

Right now the card is stock, I'd overclock it but I can't stand the fan noise at 100%. Once I get a water block for it, I'll add it to my loop and then overclock it. I just can't spend the $90 right now on a block and unisink after spending $200+ on this card.
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GPU2 needs one core, unless you have an X2 (i think)... if you set the SMP to a lower priority than the GPU client, that should be all you have to do.

Edit: GPU2>SMP This is why you want the GPU client to have a higher core priority.

You can still run SMP, but only on the resources that the GPU client doesn't use. This is the most productive way to fold.
Edited by theCanadian - 12/18/08 at 9:04pm
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GPU2 needs one core, unless you have an X2 (i think)... if you set the SMP to a lower priority than the GPU client, that should be all you have to do.

Edit: GPU2>SMP This is why you want the GPU client to have a higher core priority.

You can still run SMP, but only on the resources that the GPU client doesn't use. This is the most productive way to fold.
The GPU2 client should use very little CPU, at least on Vista with recent drivers. Mine's using about 7% of one core on a Q9550. (In Linux!) Make sure you don't set affinity on your VMware instances.

As for GPU2 > SMP, maybe if you have a GTX 260 Core 216 that's true.
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post #4 of 16
I run two instances of Vmware+Ubuntu using all 4 cores too, you should be fine running the GPU2 client, I just set the priority to realtime for the GPU client and it runs great, takes a few hundred PPD away from Vmware but it's worth it. Depending how high your Q6600 is clocked you should get around 12-13k PPD running both Vmware and the GPU2..
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Is there any preference on which one to get, it says one has viewer for nvidia and the other doesn't say anything about it. Is the viewer something to check ppd? I use fahman either way.
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The viewer just lets you watch the protein doing its thing and sucks away your PPD.
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That's a good enough reason to stay away. Thanks for the help. I'm going to d/l and install right now and will report back with any questions if any.
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I guess everything is working now. Little F@H thing in the corner says 2500/1000. The strange thing is that fahmon doesn't report anything for it. Then it even says that my smp are both "hung", but they are both working. The percent moves but nothing else changes. It's moved about 4-5% since I started them.

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post #9 of 16
stop the cores delete the log file's and it will show in real time

ps you might want to wait till after the finish one set as the lat time i did that it rest back to 0

pss that 260 will kick but....... a lot of but enjoy it
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I guess everything is working now. Little F@H thing in the corner says 2500/1000. The strange thing is that fahmon doesn't report anything for it. Then it even says that my smp are both "hung", but they are both working. The percent moves but nothing else changes. It's moved about 4-5% since I started them.

Check the "Ignore asynchronous clocks" option in the preferences. And then fix your clock.
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