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P4 ... can it hang with fermi?

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Hey All,

So here's my current folding problem... This Pentium 4 box goes ok for a while and then PPD drops to almost nothing.


I bust out remote desktop viewer and ssh in to work to see what's going on with that P4 system. It's running win XP (32bit), is current on updates. It's a pretty old install, but is a stable computer, nothing going on with it. Our bills guy comes in and enters bills and pays bills and otherwise, plays sudoku. This computer is also "serving" our MFC printer scanner.

I think when it had the GTS450 in it, the PPD were pretty consistent, but seem to remember a few sucky days. Now, though, it seems like it'll get through a WU and then go to crap.

OK, so I'm looking at the desktop... cpu load is 1%. The FAHs are in task manager. Open up GPUz and the GPU load is 0%. And then a few seconds later, it starts up like it's working again. I hover the bug in the sys tray and now it's at 4400 ppd.



Anyone have ideas? I might end up swapping with a 9800GT in my F1 rig. I don't want to swap anything with F3 because I want it to have power plugs on everything possible... The other suck is that this Gigabyte GT430 gets slightly better ppd than the zotac gt430s.

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Are you running a client on the CPU too? If so, don't.

You can try raising the GPU client priority as well. I've found that GPU3 is annoyingly passive and too willing to give up GPU power when it really doesn't need to. It's also very inconsistant - what causes it to drop GPU load one day won't the next day. I've even seen it drop GPU load on the wrong card before. For instance, I'll be playing a game or something of that nature and instead of it easing up on the only GPU I have running this monitor, it'll drop my other GPU (the one that does absolutely nothing) to 10%. Like all of these clients, GPU3 is bug filled and coded like crap.
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Ah, thanks for confirming my suspicions. I did raise his priority and also tried affinity. I'll swap him out with a gpu2 card today...

Thanks,
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