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So with the PG planing on coming out with client 7.0 sometime in Q1 2011 (so the romers are) around that time I may have about $350 I can spend on a New GPU for my Sig rig. I was looking at cards in that range and it looks like the GTX570 or the HD6970 fit nicely at that budget.

From reading reviews they are about equal 570 better in some 6970 better on others equal on the rest... so they seam to be a fairly good match up.

This is 100% speculation but do you think that when the new client comes out a SMP client and a GPU client running on the same computer would be about the same PPD regardless if a 570 or 6970 is used?

Time will only really tell, but am looking at keeping my rig up to date instead of doing a whole rebuild every 5 years. and Just board at work serfing the egg... wishing I had more money I dont have.
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If I remember right, AMD cards have a massive amount of shaders, more than Nvidia cards. So going by that logic, we should see a huge increase for ATI cards.
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Question is how will the CPU usage fair? IIRC the Firmi cards use more CPU usage then the non-firmi Nivida cards. that is one of the reasons why AMD/ATi cards suck kind of right now is a lower PPD/$ on the card but used almost 90% of a single core making SMP suffer. I have hard that running multiple firmi cards and SMP is not a good idea either because they use more CPU power causing a drop in both.

Are the CPU usage on the GTX570 the same as the GTX470? or is it more or less?

I have no doubt that the AMD cards will be some power houses once they have a proper client, but I am wondering what the CPU usage may be compared to the Firmi equal...

Thank you very much though Captin!!
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If I remember right, AMD cards have a massive amount of shaders, more than Nvidia cards. So going by that logic, we should see a huge increase for ATI cards.
While the number of "shaders" on an ATi card is presumably higher, IIRC it's a completely different architecture than NVIDIA's "shader cores", so just using the number is not going to be very accurate.
post #5 of 19
i'm not really a fan of amd or nvidia.

for my money, I'm going with Via or 3DFX cards. they have the most potential to shock ppl with the kinda ppd they could pull down....


lol but seriously... I think the AMD client will have major changes done to it by the time it's released. I see a 5870 doing what a GTX480 could pull down as far as PPD.
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Always wanted a Voodo 3DFX.... that may get about the same PPD as mu Unicore....
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post #7 of 19
well 6950 are modable to 6970 so do not waste money on the 6970... About ATi and folding i have my doubts.... how about wait and see the result's of everyone? then make an option
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well 6950 are modable to 6970 so do not waste money on the 6970... About ATi and folding i have my doubts.... how about wait and see the result's of everyone? then make an option
Where is the fun in that? we like to speculate here!! or at least I do..
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post #9 of 19
Speculation, eh? I'd like to, but someone will quote it and if I'm wrong, people would be mad with me and blame me for them wasting money.

But if I didn't care about that (which I do), I'd go with the ATi.

Now... how long the client will be? Not stupid enough to speculate on that.

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You've got insider knowledge though so people expect you to speak some level of truth

I however can say that ATi will categorically blow nVidia out of the folding game come Q1 2011, and no-one will believe a word I say

(until this gets sigged for truth by everyone in February )
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